Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It will be Rahim Khan from the Cong., Prakash Khandre from BJP for bypolls

Source: the Hindu :-

The major political parties seem to have finalised their candidates for the Bidar Assembly bypolls.

The former MLAs Rahim Khan of the Congress and Prakash Khandre of the BJP will file nomination papers for the bypolls on Wednesday.

Ayaz Khan, who quit the Congress to join the Janata Dal (Secular) on Monday, will be fielded by his new party. Vaijanath Madana, former District Health and Family Welfare Officer, has filed his nomination papers from the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The two Khans are related. Ayaz Khan, who runs the Noor group of institutions, is a nephew of Rahim Khan who runs the Roohi group of institutions.

Ayaz Khan was an office-bearer in the Minority Department of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee before joining the Janata Dal(S) in Bengaluru. He was also associated with the Bidar unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party for some time.

The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and other leaders will be present when Prakash Khandre will file his nomination papers on Wednesday. The former president of the district unit of the BJP has represented Bhalki for two terms.

He defeated the Khandre brothers, his cousins and political rivals, in 1999 and 2004. Vijay Kumar Khandre, son of Bheemanna Khandre, former Minister and former president of Akhil Bharat Veerashaiva Mahasabha, lost his seat to Prakash Khandre in 1999.

Vijay Kumar Khandre’s brother Eshwar Khandre was defeated in 2004. In turn, Eshwar Khandre defeated Prakash Khandre in 2008. Prakash Khandre was relegated to the third spot in 2013, with Eshwar Khandre winning the polls.


Prakash Khandre says that he knows the territory well as a part of Bidar Assembly constituency was included in the Bhalki constituency before the delimitation of 2008.

The Bahujan Samaj Party has had considerable influence in Bidar. In 1994, Syed Zulfikar Hashmi was among the first BSP MLAs from South India. In 2008, Rahim Khan contested on BSP ticket only to lose to Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli of the Congress by around 3,000 votes.


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Investors promise Rs. 510 crore in Bidar

Source: The Hindu :-

Industrialists promised to invest around Rs. 510 crore in Bidar over the next few years to set up various units. Luxury hotels to boost tourism, pharmaceutical molecule makers, sugarcane-based industries, solar energy units and new energy units such as LED lights are the main units attracting such investment.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari said that a common effluent treatment plant will be set up at the cost of Rs. 125 crore to help industries in Bidar.

The State government has released Rs. 3.4 crore for the development of infrastructure in Basava Kalyan. Auto nagars will be developed in Bidar and Basava Kalyan, he said.

He assured the investors of providing all infrastructure under Union government-sponsored schemes such as Amrut and Hriday.

The Bidar-Kalaburgi railway line will be completed soon. The possibilities of operating civilian aircraft from the Bidar Air Force base are bright, he said.

Karnataka Small Scale Industries Development Corporation will set up industrial hubs in Gandhi Gunj, and Thana Kushnoor in Aurad in the coming years, he said. Of the 73 units approved in the State-level investors meet, 22 have started working, Mr. Tewari said.


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‘A great photographer is one with passion, skill’

Source: the Hindu    :- 

Abhishek Chintamani, photography expert, addressing members of the Bidar Photographic Society on thefort premises in Bidar.— PHOTO: GOPICHAND T.

It was a pleasant Sunday morning when young people with cameras and long lenses slinging from their necks gathered under a tree at Bidar Fort.

They listened to photography experts before trekking around the fort area to capture pictures of monuments, birds and crowds. The shutterbugs took scores of pictures of the surroundings and went around showing those images to each other.

Expert Abhishek Chintamani told them in detail about camera parts and how they should be used and maintained. He told them about lenses and how different varieties of lenses should be used in different conditions, fields of activity and surroundings with different light setting. “A great photographer is not the one with the costliest lens, but the one with passion and skill,” he said.

Another expert Neeranjan Sheelavant spoke about the photography society and how to get membership of the Bidar Photographic Society.

He said that the photographic society would organise walks, exhibitions, treks and Wikipedia edit marathons for members and non-members too. Rahul spoke about the social responsibility of a photographer. Photography enthusiasts Vinayak Vangapalli, Vivekanand Hallikhedkar, Ravi Khasempur and Ajay Shetty were present


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