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Bhovi community applauds Chief Minister for constituting development board

BENGALURU: Bhovi Jananga Okkuta (BJO), a state committee working towards the betterment of the Bhovi caste, applauded Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s decision in constituting a Bhovi Development Board, in a press release on Thursday.

The ruling government has decided to give Rs 25 crore for various development projects to bring the marginalised community to the forefront, according to the press release. Nanjappa Gopi, state president of BJO said that this money will help alleviate the educational and economical problems they have been facing for many years.

He also said that many people from the Bhovi community were ready to stage protests to fight against the negligence and injustice they faced. But the Chief Minister has made the “right move” to hear their pleas and take some action.

Members of BJO have also requested the Chief Minister to immediately appoint administrative positions to launch the Bhovi development board at the earliest.The government has also included the Bhovi community in Jaati ganati, a caste based census that is designed to provide benefits for the disadvantaged.

The BJO through the press release also appreciated the Chief Minister’s initiative of distributing 15 kgs of rice, cooking oil, daal, and other rations to each Bhovi family for the price of Rs 10.

The Bhovi community comes under the scheduled castes and are traditionally stone cutters. Almost all of them are bonded labourers.

– Sumit Dasgupta



Students gear up for upcoming exams

Students gear up for forthcoming end semester examination.

Students gear up for forthcoming end semester examination.

With the end semester exams due to begin on April 1, both Undergraduate (UG) and Post graduate (PG) students are busy preparing notes and studying.

The library has plenty of students gathered around book shelves and computers. The study holidays for some departments started early. “Our classes got over on March 11 so we have a lot of time to gather notes and organise them systematically. I get very distracted in the hostel and so I come to the library everyday to study,” said Pele Rikha, I MSc Mathematics.

Some students are trying to make the most of their study holidays. “We have been very busy with our internships and have not got no time to sit with our books. Our exams start from March 31. These study holidays are actually very helpful to study peacefully as we do not have to worry about classes,” said Angel Tanya, III BVC.

Teachers also realise the importance of study holidays for students to make up for lost time. “The students have been involved with the practical exams and the farewell for the graduating batch. Now that it is over, the students are devoting themselves to prepare for the core subjects,” said Prof. Kiran Jeevan, Department of Social Work.


‘Crafts Bazaar’ invites craftsmen from Northeast to exhibit and sell handicrafts

BENGALURU: In order to encourage handicraft artists from the Northeastern regions of the country, the North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation (NEHHDC) Limited, will be organising a handicraft exhibition titled ‘Crafts Bazaar’ at VSR Convention Hall, Kundanahalli ITPL Road from March 21 to April 2.

The traditional artists will exhibit and sell different types of handicrafts such as cane and bamboo crafts, wood carving, embroidery, antique jewellery, tribal ornaments, glass beads and dolls made of straw and clay.

Famous handcrafted goods such as bamboo caps and colourful tribal weaves from Mizoram, and the Naga Spear from Nagaland will be sold.

The NEHHDC is holding the exhibition in association with the Government of India. Manager, Ministery of Textiles, Govt. of India said, “Over 100 crafts persons and weavers practicing different crafts will be participating. In addition, a demonstration of skill and craftsmanship by select crafts persons will be conducted to help the craftsmen.”

The exhibition seeks to promote sales of handicrafts, increase awareness of handicrafts, and expose Northeastern craftsmen to the market. The Government also provides loans of up to Rs 25,000 for the artisans.

Ashish Roy’

I MS Comm

ABVP protests demanding CBI probe into IAS officer’s death

Over 600 students from the Akhil Baharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP staged a protests demanding for a stronger CBI probe against the death of IAS officer D K Ravi, at Freedom Park on Thursday.

The students shouted slogans against the state government demanding justice for the IAS officer. “The government is clearly avoiding the investigation. The CBI needs to tighten their inquiry into the case. We demand fast justice,” said Bharat Yadav, an ABVP student activist.

The protest began peacefully, but later students blocked Sheshadri road. Some students broke the barricades which resulted in a lathicharge by the police. The ABVP members clashed with the police at the Mourya Circle.

Prominent newspapers like The Time of India and The Indian Express state that the police arrested and later released 30 protesters. However the police alleged that only six students were kept temporarily in custody. When contacted by The Beacon to clarify the number of arrests made, the Upparpet police refused to comment.

A bandh was observed in Tumkur district on Thursday, where the IAS officer hailed from.

SJC student’s photographs exhibited

The selected works of budding photographer Ankit Banerjee, a student of St Josephs College from I EMS were exhibited at Art of Delight, a cafe on MG Road. The photographs taken across various parts of India, included portraits, landscapes, and captured the essence various regions.

“My journey as a photographer started by clicking the picture of spilled milk at a wedding. After that I started clicking more picture, went for the events with cameras borrowed from my friends,” said Ankit about how his career started as a photographer

“I am so happy that I got a chance to display works. Earlier, I borrowed cameras from my friends and took photographs. I always had interest in taking photographs but never expected that I would get a chance,” expressed Ankit.

Ayaaz Hameed, the owner of the cafe said, “I wanted to give a platform for young artists as I appreciate art so much. Also, these photographs and artworks that are exhibited make the ambience of this cafe look beautiful.”

He added that Ankit’s works are “fantastic” and despite being the photographer being an amateur, the works were showcased for their quality.

The photographs are available for purchase. The exhibit will go on till March 29.

-Sancia Marium I L

I MS Com