Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 18th September 2017

Industrial hub gets eco clearance

  • The Centre has given environmental clearance for setting up a Rs 91-crore industrial hub in Chamarajanagar district.
  • The proposed hub, to come up on an area of 1,460 acres, will be developed by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) in Kallabella and Badankuppe villages in Chamarajanagar district.
  • KIADB has been asked to take ‘consent to establish’ from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board besides setting up a special purpose vehicle to implement, monitor and comply with the environment safeguards
  • KIADB has been asked to take consent to establish from the State Pollution Control Board besides setting up a special purpose vehicle to implement, monitor and comply the environment safeguards
  • The proposed industry hub is estimated to cost Rs 91 crore and is likely to generate 17,000 jobs. There are no court cases against the project, he added.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, had laid the foundation stone for the project two years ago.
  • Chamarajanagar is situated 185 km from Bengaluru and is well known for its natural resources like black granite, manganese, garnet and white stone, among others.

Karnataka State govt. plans to set up Vishwakarma University

  • Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on 17th Sep announced the government’s intention of setting up the Vishwakarma University.
  • Inaugurating the Vishwakarma Jayanti programme organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture at Ravindra Kalakshetra here, he said that the idea was to protect and promote skilled craft being practised by the community since centuries. He said that the contribution of the community to the society could not undermined.
  • The government would take steps to earmark more funds for the Vishwakarma Community Development Corporation,
Cloud seeding in Bagalkot, Koppal
  • Cloud seeding was taken up successfully in Bagalkot, Koppal and Chikkamagaluru districts on the 15th day on 17th Sep, according to a release by the Department of Information and Public Relations.
  • The release said that two aircraft pressed into service for cloud seeding fired a total of 36 flayers.
  • Several villages of Bagalkot and Mudhol taluks of Bagalkot district, Gangavati taluk in Koppal district and Kadur and Tarikere taluks of Chikkamagaluru districts have received good rainfall after cloud seeding, the release stated

Bengaluru Bird Day on Sept. 30

  • The fourth edition of Bengaluru Bird Day, slated to be held on September 30 at the Venkatappa Art Gallery, will give citizens the opportunity to join the over 3,000-member-strong birdwatching community.
  • The event is being organised by EcoEdu, a group of professionals who share an interest in wildlife and environment and raise awareness about conservation, in association with the Facebook group Bird Postcast, which provides information related to birds and birdwatching in Bengaluru.
  • “The event was initiated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Joseph George (October 1), who started the group birdwatching effort in Bengaluru in the early 1970s. It also marks the beginning of the Wildlife Week,” said Ulhas Anand, founder of EcoEdu.
  • The daylong event will include workshops, talks and other activities — all centred around the city’s avian denizens. The celebration will start with a birdwatching session for schoolchildren at Cubbon Park at 7 a.m., after which talks will be delivered by birders and researchers.
  • Speakers include Sheshadri K.S., who will deliver a talk on ‘Experience of a tropical biologist in south and Southeast Asia’; Suhel Quader, who will talk about the wonders of bird behaviour; Mahesh Iyer, who will put the focus on bird management at airports, and Praveen J., who will speak about Kerala Bird Atlas project which is attempting to map the distribution and abundance of birds in Kerala.
  • Prasad Natarajan will conduct a workshop on bird sketching. The Dr. Joseph George Memorial Talk will be delivered by historian Ramachandra Guha on ‘Themes and trends in Indian environmentalism’. Also, noted birdwatchers will be recognised on the occasion.

300 bird species recorded in Karnataka

  • The largest citizen-science project to enumerate bird species — the Great Backyard Bird Count — is out with its results for 2017.
  • According to the report, 825 bird species were recorded throughout India. Like last year, Karnataka stands at number three among the six States with highest numbers of birds, after Kerala and Tamil Nadu. From a list of over 2,000 birds, around 300 species were recorded in Karnataka.
  • Three institutes from Karnataka have taken the top 10 spots in the Campus Count, which is held simultaneously. Christ University, Valley School and Mangalore University recorded 43, 143 and 56 bird species respectively.
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