Academic rues marginalised position of women in political sphere

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Mysuru: Pointing out that representation of women in India was worse than that of Pakistana and Nepal, retired professor of political science at the University of Mysore (UoM) Prof. M Umapathi on Sunday said that only 9% of the elected legislators in the various assemblies of the country were women – putting India in an embarrassing 148th position of the 193 countries across the world in this regard. Umapathi, who participated in a discussion on ‘New dimension in women politics’ organised by the Karnataka Rajya Mahila Dourjanya Virodhi Okkuta at…

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Painting exhibition at Kukkarahalli Lake

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Mysuru: Waterbodies are among the largest casualties of urbanisation across the globe, and lakes are fast disappearing from our cityscapes, and Bengaluru illustrates this loss perfectly. However, Wildlife Mysuru, a conservation organisation is intent on ensuring Kukkarahalli Lake is preserved for posterity, and has launched a rather imaginative initiative to preserve what is largely considered the city’s pride. Members of Wild Mysuru, along with students of the Chamarajendra Government College of Visual Arts (CAVA) are all set to depict the multifarious beauty of the lake, and its biodiversity, in paintings…

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Adagooru H Vishwanath calls for sweeping electoral reforms

Mysuru: Pointing to false claims made by candidates about poll expenditure in affidavits submitted to the Election Commission, JD(S) Karnataka president and Hunsur MLA Adagooru H Vishwanath on Sunday called for a complete overhaul of the election system in the country. Vishwanath, who was felicitated by the Haleberu Hosachiguru Gayakara Heleyara Balaga, which had also organised a musical programme on the occasion, said that it was near impossible to fight the polls by being fair. “Many politicians lied in their affidavits about having spent less than Rs 28 lakh cap,…

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AICTE vice-chairman laments erosion of family values in India

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Mysuru: Exhorting the graduates of National Institute of Technology, Mysuru to do their part for the welfare of the society, vice-chairman of the All India Institute of Technical Education (AICTE) MP Poonia on Saturday said, “Only 25 of every 100 students in India get an opportunity to pursue higher education, against 87 in America, and 40 in China. So, students in India who get an opportunity to study professional degrees must do something for the society, which has pinned its hopes on them.” Indian students must also work towards enhancing…

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Candidates feel Rs 3L cap on MCC poll expenses is too meagre

Mysuru: In a bid to ensure a level-playing field so that candidates with better financial resources do not have an unfair advantage over those who do not, the state government has decided to limit the expenditure of each candidate to Rs 3 lakh. Unfortunately, this was the amount the state government agreed upon in 2009, and considering the massive levels of inflation that the country has witnessed in the intervening years, candidates fear that they require at least ten times the amount that the government has stipulated. All candidates are…

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Ramadas trying to take credit for my achievements: Somashekar

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Mysuru: The city has hardly seen any Sun in the past few weeks, but the political climate has been soaring, with the polling date for the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) council drawing closer with each passing day. The BJP and Congress have already locked horns, rekindling the debate over the Kuruburahalli land dispute and trying to appropriate credit for resolving it. Interacting with the media on Saturday, former Krishnaraja MLA MK Somashekar said that he had urged then chief minister Siddaramaiah to work out an easy solution to the problem…

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SC verdicts have to be critically examined, says former HC judge

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Mysuru: Cautioning people against treating Supreme Court judgments as infallible truths, former Karnataka high court judge Justice HN Nagmohan Das on Saturday said that one must analyse the apex court’s verdicts critically and objectively. “This is the only way we can expect pro-people verdicts,” Das said. The former judge, who presided over a special lecture on ‘SC/ST Atrocities Act’ organised by the Dr BR Ambedkar Research and Extension Centre at the manasagangothri campus of University of Mysore (UoM), said that all citizens had the right to question verdicts delivered by…

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Four-year-old kid is spreading awareness against use of plastic

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MYSURU: There is more than just a grain of truth in maxims that speak about the abilities of children, and the case of the four-year-old boy from Mysuru, Ishan Chetan, who is spreading awareness among shopowners in the city to steer clear of plastic bears it out. Fascinated with wildlife coupled with an unbiased perception of the environment, Ishan, along with his mother’s assistance has been visiting commercial establishments, trying to make them see the merits of using cloth and paper bags in lieu of plastic. As he plods along,…

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Dedicated cycle lanes in Mysuru remain on paper

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MYSURU: Six years after a proposal was mooted to create bicycle tracks and dedicated lanes exclusively for cyclists, the project appears to have died a quite death. The proposal was aimed at encouraging non-motorized transport in the city. Deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar chaired a meeting recently to discuss the project but the meeting was inconclusive. Officials of Mysuru City Corporation, TrinTrin operators and Greenwheel ride representatives attended the meeting. TrinTrin operators urged authorities to complete the track and mark out dedicated cycle lanes. While the issue was discussed at…

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