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Toxic water leaves Pavagada villagers ill

BENGALURU: Villagers of Pavagada taluk in Tumkur district, who were suffering from dental and spinal problems after consuming fluoride contaminated water, demanded that the Government supply safe drinking water at a press conference on Friday.

“The Andhra Pradesh government has provided pure drinking water to many villages near the Pavagada taluk. The Karnataka government must also do the same and allot about Rs 400 crores for this project,” said Mr Japananda, President of Jalakkagi Janavedike, an organisation fighting for water rights in Pavagada, at the conference.

A water quality test conducted by the Rural Development and Panchayat Department (RDPR) n 2013 and 2014 showed that 1233 samples of ground water were affected by fluoride, 504 with iron contaminants and 323 samples had nitrate content in it, Jalakkagi Janavedike said in a press release.

Mahadura Gundaswamy, a member of ‘Jalakkagi Janavedike’ said, “Chemical contamination in existing ground water sources has made life miserable for us and as a result I am suffering from severe backache every day. There are other taluks such as Challakere and Molakalmuru in Chitradurga district which are also affected.”

The over exploitation of ground water together with inadequate rainfall has also made existing bore wells dry, the press release said.

Speaking to the Beacon, Mr Japananda said, “A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed with High Court of Karnataka requesting the court to direct the Karnataka government to supply good quality drinking water to Pavagada taluk.”

Ashish Roy- I MS Comm

Students need to participate in wildlife conservation: Dr Seema Khalil

Dr Seema Khalil, wildlife warden for Government of Karnataka said Indian forests require more than education to protect wildlife at the valedictory function of Centre for Molecular and Computational Biology (CMCB) at Staff Seminar Hall on Thursday.

Dr Khalil, a wildlife conservationist, was also the chief guest for the prize distribution ceremony. She said the tiger population in India had increased and Karnataka stood at the top in terms of the tiger population.

“It is very easy for anyone to be a conservator. We have to come up with scientific support and alternative sources to save forests and wildlife. As students and researchers, I call upon you all to start an environmental club and take small steps towards this noble cause,” said Dr Khalil.

CMCB held four competitions throughout the academic year where members and students took part in quizzes, crosswords, numbering, and shuffling. The winners of the competitions were awarded with participation certificates and cash prizes.

At the end of the programme, Dr Khalil announced that she would organise a trip to Bandipur, for students who are passionate about learning, wildlife and conservation.

– Saili Desai, I MS COM

JMF debates whether ‘Creative liberty and religion can co-exist’

CAMPUS: Students of the Department of Communication, English and Political Science debated on Creative liberty and its co-existence with religion on Saturday. The debate was organised by Josephite Media Forum (JMF).

The event moderator, Mr Byatha N Jagadeesha, an advocate and a visiting faculty in the College, started the debate by giving his views on the topic. He said, ”Fundamentalism follows religion. Religion is a private affair which should be dealt privately and not publicly.”

Chinnappa B.G, Department of English and Ananth Sheyas and Dino Martin, Department of Political Science spoke for the motion. Chinnappa said “Throughout history religion and religion based oppression has been a nurturing fuel to kindle the spirit of creativity.”

Maryann Sibin a debater from the opposition said, “Religion and creativity are the two factors that make humans different from other species. Creativity is the open mindedness, the originality of a person.”

The opposition team which included Solomon Donald, Neil Mathew, Maryann Sibin II BVC, representing the Department of Communication carried of the event. After the floor vote was counted the opposition had the majority number of votes.

-Swati Shalini

-I MS COM

Students recommend that UN focus on poverty alleviation

Students from 10 colleges across Bangalore demanded that issues such as sustainable management and availability of water, equitable quality education and resilient infrastructure be given utmost importance by the United Nations (UN) and government bodies, at the Bangalore Youth Assembly on Monday.

The students assessed the progress of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provided their recommendations. These would be forwarded to government organisations and UN bodies, to be incorporated into their post-MDG agenda.

The first phase of time-bound Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by 189 nations in 2000 would come to a close and the next plan of action would be finalised in September, according to a press release by World Vision India.

A citizen’s movement called ACTION-2015 drew attention to issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change to ensure that world leaders undertake ambitious goals over the next 15 years.

“As the first 15 years of the United Nations Millennium Declaration come to a close, the youth needs to be an integral part of this worldwide effort as they are the leaders of tomorrow, and will be affected by these issues the most,” said Joseph Wesley, Senior Manager of World Vision India at the inaugural ceremony.

He added there was a “huge youth bulge” in India’s human resources that could contribute in the international arena and such events ensure that they understood the importance of issues such as poverty, hunger, and protection of natural resources beyond what they read in books.

-Akanksha Ohri, I MSCom

III BCA knocked out by II PMC

CAMPUS: II PMC emerged victorious in the first round of the inter-college boys’ football match, after they beat III BCA 3-2 in a penalty shootout with the scores tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time on Wednesday.

Alex, III BCA scored their first goal at the eighth minute dribbling the ball past the defender Immanuel as well as the goalkeeper. At the beginning of the second half II PMC equlised 5 minutes later after Yeshi put the ball past the net after tackling the custodian inside the box.

John CA II PMC captain of the winning team said “It was a hard game but we played very well, this is the first time we have won against them for they are a very strong team, we stuck to our game plan and it paid off”.

Danny C John the captain of the opposition team said, “Sadly the boys couldn’t cope with the pressure. The team wasn’t up to the mark. We will try harder next time”.

The game saw many long range shots attempted by both the team keeping the goal keeper busy with many shots on target. Both the teams played well with a lot of opportunities and passes.

– Swati Shalini,

I MS COM