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Hike in wage demands, KSBCF

Shivangee & Derrick

BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Backward Castes Federation has welcomed the work of the state government to increase the percentage of reservation to 70% as per the constitution.

It has also asked the state government to release the date of caste based census as soon as possible. The union also appreciated the central government’s move of demonetisation. “A state level backward caste summit will be held in 2017 in order to create awareness among the people on the facilities they get from the government,”said in the press release.

This step of making them aware had to be taken as the association is trying to help those people who are from the backward classes. So that those people can understand the pros and cons of demonetisation and find out means to cope with it.  The backward class and labour class people are the ones who got majorly affected by the cash crunch problem.

The association has helped around one lakh people and focuses mainly on middle class and upper middle class. 10 lakh people work for this association to help others. People have come together and put in their thoughts about the issues that people face and are planning to put forward their issues to the government so as to ease their problems. The Tehsildar was also present there to speak. Recently the CM in Belgavi announced increase in wage of the backward caste and this association pressurised him to increase it from 50% to 80 %.  The federation has been claiming to support the government, provided the government increases the wages of the backward caste and poor people.


2017 begins with Nirvaan at Campus




CAMPUS: After an all-day celebration of Ethnic day, students geared up for the upcoming inter-college cultural fest – Nirvaan 2017, taking place on January 12 and 13 of next year. The event was launched on Monday evening.

“Nirvaan 2017 is expected to have participants from almost 30 colleges and almost 18 events spread out in a span of two day. The first day will be the DJ night. The highlight will be Fashion Show. Femina Miss Princess is coming to Campus. Chief Guest, per se, we don’t have any at the beginning. But throughout the programme, as judges we have some former Miss Bangalore, some artists, and writers,” explained Dr Berin Lukas, the Governor of student union.

The programme began with a teaser video. This was followed bythe theme song, ‘Namma Ooru Bengaluru’, composed and performed by a group of students, was released as the event was inaugurated. One of the band members expressed that the song was themed around the premise that Bengaluru is not just a city, it’s an emotion.

Budding Kannada rappers from the campus stirred up the crowd with their bit on Ethnic day; tuned with the famous Eminem song, Real Slim Shady. The crowd roared with shout outs to SJC and the rappers.

Next lined up was the traditional Thiruvathira dance from Kerala. It was put on by a group of girls dressed in their customary Kasav.

Mr Allan Godfrey, Assistant Professor from Social Work Department performed an Indian Classical dance piece. “This particular dance presentation that, I will give now, before that I would like to acknowledge my guru who choreographed it as well as he wrote the song. This composition is religious in nature, in praise of the tribunal god,” he acknowledged.

The college Indian dance team presented a dance on a folk song, which was followed by another performance by the Western Dance team.

Two contestants of an all India Beat boxing Championship in the North-East part of India gave their composition.

Dr Jacob Abraham and the student union Governor, Berin Lukas distributed prizes to the winners of Best Dressed (Male and Female from PG and the UG Departments). Few of the winners were Ankuran Borah from I MSc. Botany, Sarda Paonam from I MSc. Botany, Andrew from II EMS, Shruti Ghorem from III MCJ, Adelina from II CEZ.

Amongst the faculty members, Mrs Mini Mark Bonjour from English Department, Ms Poonam R Ahuja, Mr Allan Godfrey from Social Work Department and Mr Kiran Jeevan, PRO & Placement Officer were the winners.

META LIT fest comes to an end




CAMPUS: The annual LIT fest conducted by St. Joseph’s college (Autonomous), META came to an end on Tuesday. The theme for this year’s META fest was ‘Imagine worlds’ and celebrated the underrated arts of imagination and creativity.

As the LIT fest is divided into two categories, the schools and colleges participating the events were NPS-yeshwanthpur, PSPB, St. Paul school and Baldwins girls from the juniors category and MCC and Jain PU college, NPS-yeshwanthpur, St. Paul school and PSBP school among the senior category.

The events for the day were cartooning, spelling bee for senior and junior category, illustrations and poetry slam. The theme for cartooning was, ‘last bench scene’, ‘cows in Bengaluru’ and ‘Demonetisation’. The only school to participate in cartooning was NPS-yeshwanthpur.

The most anticipated event was spelling bee (junior and senior) held at Loyola hall. The winner from the junior category was MatildeRibeiro with 163 points from Baldwins high school- girlsand GhanaviUmesh from NPS-yeshwanthpur with 138 points stood first from the senior category.

When asked about her win and love for spell bee, winner GhanaviUmesha had to say, “ I have been taking part since I was in first grade but I couldn’t win in the last round, I always lost. This is the second or maybe the third time I am wining. I read a lot of newspapers and magazines. It helps.”

Dr.Thampan receives research funds from UGC




Campus: Dr Arun Varma Thampan, Dept of Physics, in the field of Astrophysics, was funded around Rs 20 lakh by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the UGC for a new research project ‘Computation of General relativistic rotating magnetised neutron stars: Modelling X-ray emission and gravitational waves’.

Understanding and studying the emission of energy and spread of distance of the neutron stars to understand the nuclear forces is the main objective of the research project.

“The neutron stars are basically the end products of the stars which is dead that are about forty times more massive than the Sun.They are infact compressible and they can bend so much so they can bend gravity itself. The atoms in the centre of these stars get compressed and eventually break and once they break they have nucleus inside which will combine and form two hydrogen atoms which again will combine to form helium. Therefore there is a difference in the energy that is released. Energyreleased is the gamma rays which are more energetic than the x-rays. The gamma rays which are invisible are the ones that come out of the Sun and other stars as visible light. These are fusion reactors,” said Dr Thampan.

In the research, he creates rotating neutron stars and the spread of its distance is important for nuclear forces and understanding nuclear forces. This helps to understand the study of physics better and their application in the medical science field.

Neutron stars affect us, which helps us to understand the nuclei better and therefore it will lead to advances in the medical field. So he constructs them on the computer and studies them and deals with various types of parameters that comprise nuclear forces that give him the spread of distance. “It’s called the holy grain of neutron stars of physics. If it’s not the size, then something that depends on the size,” he said.

The duration of the project is three years.Various aspects on the same topic have been researched by Dr Thampan for the past 8 to 10 years. There is a constant change involving in the field of his research and he wishes to find results by 2020 which will complete the course duration of his research work.

Panel discussion on demonetization at SJC


Campus: A panel discussion was organised by NDTV at St Joseph’s College on December 16. It was telecasted live on national television under the  ‘Agenda’ series. The topic for the panel was ‘Demonitisation’, which was anchored by Ms. Maya Sharma, Senior journalist, NDTV.

“Karnataka is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. 30 crores of black money have been seized in various Income Tax raids, and more than half of it in new notes. 40 kilograms of gold have also been found in corruption cases that are rocking the State,” said Ms Sharma.


Ms Sharma in discussion with the panelists                                                                         Picture Raunaq

The discussion began with a question to Rizwan Arshad, State Youth Congress President on whether Karnataka was one of the most corrupt states. He denied it and blamed the faulty note ban scheme. Prithvi Reddy, Aam Aadmi Party spokesman, felt that banning the notes was a futile exercise. He linked it to a fever, adding that just like a fever is a symptom and not a disease, black money is a symptom of something bigger. Corrupt people will always find a way to change their black money into white.

Tejaswi Surya, President of the BJP Youth Wing, defended PM Modi that the recent raids are surgical operations and the two officials arrested are closely connected to the Congress government. Celeste Kumari a student from Mount Carmel College said, “Demontization was a bad idea all together.” She added that she faced many difficulties just to withdraw cash for her daily needs.

The students were also asked how they felt about demonitisation. Most agreed that in principle it was a good move to root out black money, but the implementation was poor. Long queues outside the banks and empty ATMs have tested their patience. Even some canteens were not accepting card payments.  The students present on the debate panel were from Joseph’s, Mount Carmel College and Christ University.

“The execution of the whole demonetization process has not been good and not at the right time for the country,” said Ms Sharma to the Beacon.

There were also people in the panel who were happy about demonitization. N Harish, member of B.PAC told the Beacon, “Demonetization is an excellent scheme but instead of a 2000 rupee note the government should have come out with a 200 rupee note.”

The discussion reflected various views but there was a deep concern on coping with this change.