Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 10th March 2018

Basavaraj Rayaraddi is HKRDB chairman

  • Basavaraj Rayaraddi, Minister for Higher Education and Koppal in-charge, has been appointed as the chairman of Hyderabad-Karnatak Regional Development Board for two years.
  • Mr. Rayaraddi succeeds Sharan Prakash Patil, Minister for Medical Education, whose term came to an end recently.
  • The appointment of Mr. Rayaraddi was according to the order passed by the government on 9th March.

MUDA on approval of building plans

  • Mysuru City Corporation, in a release, said building plans in its limits will be approved only if applications were submitted online.
  • With the launch of Online Building Plan Approval System last month, citizens have been told to submit their applications for building plan approvals only through certified engineers and architects.
  • Applications can be submitted on
NGT imposes Rs. 10 lakh fine on BBMP
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday came down heavily on the BBMP for dumping waste in a vacant quarry and imposed an environmental compensation of Rs. 10 lakh.
  • A bench headed by judicial member Jawad Rahim rapped the BBMP for not complying with previous orders pertaining to bio-mining at quarry sites and summoned the commissioner.
  • The green panel further rapped the BBMP’s counsel after he submitted that an expert committee had suggested alternatives to bio-mining.
  • The directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea by a group of petitioners who alleged that the civic body was dumping waste in an abandoned quarry in Bagalur village.
  • The action of the respondents in dumping the solid waste in the Bagalur Grama Panchayat limits is grossly illegal and arbitrary and constitutes an abuse of environment.
  • It poses a serious threat to life and livelihood of the people of the area, including the petitioners and their families.
  • The dumping has commenced in pursuance of the order of the government of Karnataka and the BBMP without obtaining approvals or authorisation from various authorities
  • The green panel had, on January 17 directed that ‘no dumping’ shall be carried out at the quarry site concerned.

Resolution passed at women’s convention

  • The two-day convention organised by Karnataka Mahila Dourjanya Virodhi Okkoota to mark International Women’s Day has passed a resolution demanding that all political parties provide proper political representation and opportunity to women in the Assembly elections in Karnataka.
  • The other resolutions adopted at the valedictory on Friday include demanding total prohibition on sale of liquor in Karnataka; ensuring payment of fair remuneration for sanitation workers; mechanisation of drainage cleaning work, and conducting probes into incidents of sexual atrocities on women.
  • As part of the convention, a jatha was taken out in the main streets of the city.
  • Social activist Kadidal Shamanna, literary critic Rajendra Chenni, writers H.S. Anupama and Akshatha Humchadakatte took part.
  • Addressing the valedictory, Flavia Agnes, legal scholar, said it is the right time for the Indian feminist movement to redefine its objectives and work with a broader agenda of protecting democracy.

‘Supressing freedom’

  • Flavia Agnes said that the nation is witnessing organised efforts by anti-democratic forces to suppress freedom guaranteed for citizens by the Constitution.
  • These forces were unleashing violence on marginalised sections of the society in the name of food culture and vandalising places of worship of mMinorities.
  • Writer Savitha Nagabhushan lamented that a major chunk of the mainstream political parties had not evinced interest to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill that aims at reserving one-third of the seats in Lok Sabha and State Legislatures for women.
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