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    Mysuru :

    Adding to its Clean City fame, Mysuru has bagged the Number 1 position as the ‘Open Defecation-Free City’. It has been recognised as the first city with a million-plus population to achieve this distinction.

    For two years in a row, Mysuru has topped the list of the cleanest cities in the country. It was named the cleanest in the country by a nationwide survey Swachh Survekshan 2016, which was carried out under the Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched on October 2, 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It may be mentioned here that about a couple of months back, representatives from the Quality Council of India visited Mysuru for an inspection and had submitted a report to the Union Urban Development Ministry that the city qualifies the parameters of an open defecation-free city.

    The report also mentioned about the city’s cleanliness, waste disposal and drainage systems.

    The MCC will be presented with the award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 30 in New Delhi which will be received by Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna and MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, according to MCC Health Officer Dr. Ramachandra.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / September 24th, 2016

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    Dr. Paniveni Udayshankar is seen receiving the Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award from former Union Minister M.V. Rajashekharan at a function held in Bangalore recently. Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Narayana Gowda GEPRA Secretary Pasha and others look on.

    Dr. Paniveni Udayshankar is seen receiving the Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Award from former Union Minister M.V. Rajashekharan at a function held in Bangalore recently. Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Narayana Gowda GEPRA Secretary Pasha and others look on.

    Mysore :

    Dr. Paniveni Udayashankar, a Professor in Physics at NIE-IT in City, was presented with the Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana Gold Medal Award for individual achievement and service to the Nation.

    The award, instituted by Global Economic Progress and Research Association (GEPRA), a non-government organisation in Tamil Nadu, has been presented to Dr. Paniveni for her ‘Outstanding contribution in the field of Education and Research’.

    The award was conferred on Dec. 14 at a function in Bangalore, attended by Former Union Minister M.V. Rajashekaran, Minister for Agriculture Krishna Bhyre Gowda, Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Narayana Gowda, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao, District and Session Judge Justice V. Padmanabha Kedilaya and other dignitaries.

    About 40 participants all over India were selected in different fields.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / December 29th, 2013

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    Bangalore :

    In a first of its kind initiative in the state, here’s some good news for moms-to-be. Karnataka is gearing up to introduce the free pick-up-and-drop facility for pregnant women to reduce high infant and maternal mortality rates in the state. The scheme will be open to women who avail of services in government hospitals.

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    Though the Centre had launched this scheme a year ago on a cost-sharing basis with states under the National Rural Health Mission, the BJP government here failed to implement it for lack of funds and political reasons.

    The Congress government, with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha  elections, has decided to pursue this scheme on priority. “We have sought tenders for buying equipment, vehicles, among other things. Hopefully the scheme will be implemented in two months,” said M Madan Gopal, principal secretary of health and family welfare department.

    Senior health officer M Raju said the scheme will help women from villages who find it difficult to reach hospitals on time due to factors like unavailability of vehicles and cash crunch.


    As per the scheme, the health department will station its vehicles at strategic points. Based on a woman’s expected date of delivery, she will be taken to the nearest primary health centre or delivery point. She will be provided with food, medical and recreational facilities. Once she recuperates after delivery, the vehicle will drop her back home. The entire service, including the stay and food, is free of cost.


    “All information about pregnant women, including their contact numbers, will be registered during their anti-natal period. The vehicle will be sent to their residence a day or two prior to the delivery date, depending on the woman’s condition. An SMS reminder will be sent to the family members before the day of pick-up, to help them prepare for the hospital stay,” Madan Gopal said.

    The department will introduce the vehicles keeping in mind the area (terrain) and population.


    On an average, at least 5 of 1,000 infant deaths (infant mortality rate) occur due to non-availability of transport to reach primary health centres. The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is also around 180 per lakh. Karnataka hopes the pick-up-and-drop facility will improve institutional delivery of babies from 55% in 2010, to more than 90%.

    Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who recently reviewed the government’s health schemes, directed the health and family welfare department to make Karnataka’s IMR the lowest in the country within five years. The state currently ranks 10th on the national IMR index.

    Times View

    This is another social welfare scheme that seems high in intention but low in practicability. That it had been put in the cold storage for want of funds only underlines this. First, the government should ensure there are enough primary healthcare centres, especially in rural areas. Second, it should ensure these are manned and well-equipped. In a country where women deliver babies outside government hospitals due to lack of beds, it seems a little daunting and implausible that women will be accorded the time and space the scheme envisages.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Bangalore> Primary Health Centre / by Manu Aiyappa, TNN / October 09th, 2013

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    This year’s Bahuroopi theatre fest to stage plays by Jnanpith awardees







    City’s theatre repertoire Rangayana will create a ‘Script Bank’ in which manuscripts relating to nearly 3,000 dramas would be posted on its website for the convenience of those interested, said Dr. B.V. Rajaram, Director of Rangayana, here this morning.

    Participating in an interaction programme organised at Pathrakarthara Bhavan in city by Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA), Dr. Rajaram said this year’s Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival would be held on the concept ‘Jnanpeetha Rangotsava’ in which dramas scripted by Jnanpith awardees would be staged.

    The Rangayana Director also said that a huge collection of scripts and books by B.V. Karanth and his wife Prema Karanth would be preserved at Rangayana and added that the Karanth family had agreed to hand-over the literature treasure in the form of CDs and cassettes.

    Dr. Rajaram, who said that this year’s Bahuroopi would be held in a grand manner even if it came to accepting private participation, added that the National School of Drama (NSD) and Rangayana should be incorporated for staging dramas in the State.

    Seminar: Stating that Rangayana had plans to conduct a seminar on ‘Media-Rangabhoomi’ during Bahuroopi festival, Dr. Rajaram added that Rangayana’s activities were not limited to the city. He also said that dramas would be organised at taluk and district levels to identify and nurture talent among rural people.

    MDJA President C.K. Mahendra, General Secretary K. Deepak, City Unit Secretary M. Subramanya and Rural Secretary Kukke Mahadevaswamy were present.

    source: / General News / November 03rd, 2011