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Farmers call for a Statewide Bandh on Monday

A statewide bandh on Monday, September 28 has been called by Farmer organizations protesting on a number of bills passed on the farm sector. Those include which allow the purchase of agricultural land by non-agriculturists, as well as amendments to the APMC Act, allowing farmers to sell outside Mandis to private players, and other bills related to farmers.

In a Cabinet decision in June this year, the government had proposed to amend the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, on three aspects: Allowing non-agriculturists to buy agricultural land, removing the income limit for the purchase of land and doubling the ceiling on landholding.

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Monday’s Karnataka bandh called to protest anti-farmer and anti-labor bills is expected to be total as farmers associations, trade unions, various rights groups and organizations have come together.
In Belagavi farmers have planned to block the National Highway near the Suvarna Soudha where they would also protest against the land acquisition for various road projects.

SSLC exams and other exams have been postponed.

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From Oct 1 Loose sweets will carry best-before date

All sweet shops will soon be required to declare the manufacturing and best-before dates of all sweets, India’s food safety regulator has ruled.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), in its latest notification, has directed Sweetshops to display the manufacturing and the best-before dates for loose sweets, effective October 1.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India on Friday came up with an order making it mandatory for all sweet shop owners to display the Best Before Date depending on the local weather conditions. This will come into effect from October 1.
Besides the Best Before the date, the sweet business owners can also display the date of manufacturing, but that would be voluntary and non-binding.

At present, it is mandatory to mention these details on labels of prepackaged/pre-packed sweets.

sweet-shop display

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a direction in this regard after reports of instances of sale of stale/expired sweets to consumers posing potential health hazards.

In the public interest and to ensure food safety, it has been decided that in case of non-packaged/loose sweets, the container/tray holding sweets at the outlet for sale should display the ‘date of manufacturing’ and ‘best before date’ of the product,” the FSSAI order stated.

An outlet, on average, has as many as 200 varieties of sweets to sell, which are made from different kinds of ingredients and therefore have different duration of shelf life.
Hence from Oct 1, when you buy your favorite Kunda or be it, the Kaju Katli don’t forget to see the date of manufacturing and ‘best before date’ of the product.

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Two women brutally murdered near Macche

Two unindetified persons on a bike stabbed to death two woman near Macche on the outskirts of Belagavi on Saturday evening.

Rajashree Ravi Bannur (21) and Rohini Gangappa Hulimani (21) have been identified as the deceased.

Both were first attacked with chili powder and then stabbed to death and the perpetrators on the bike had managed to escape.


Both the woman were married and were from Kalewadi.

The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. The police are investigating the matter.

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40 kgs Ganja seized

At Mahishal near Miraj, a team of Belagavi District Crime Branch arrested Ashfaq Mainuddin Mulla of Miraj and seized 40 kg of Ganja from his Swift car.

Police also seized 78 kg of cannabis stored near the pump house of Mahishal Jat Water Supply Scheme and a vehicle used for transporting cannabis fromWasim Sheikh.

Ashfaq Mainuddin Mulla had managed to escape at this time. After the action taken by Chikodi police, the case was handed over by the district police.

His team later arrested Ashfaq Mainuddin Mulla and seized cannabis. Sixty packets of cannabis weighing two kilograms were valued at Rs 24 lakh. A Swift car and a two-wheeler were also seized by the police.

The total value of the items seized by the police was Rs 28,500,000. Ashfaq was importing cannabis from two persons in Warangal and Hyderabad in Telangana state.

Ashfaq has confessed to selling cannabis in Miraj, Sangli and Chikodi, Belagavi and Dharwad areas of Karnataka.

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Online property guidance valuation calculator in Belagavi – How to check?

How to check the Online property guidance valuation calculator in Belagavi? Is there any property valuation calculator in Belagavi? What is the property value in Belagavi 2020? The government of Karnataka has devised an online tool for the same.

The Department of Stamps and Registration,Government of Karnataka has a website which will help in ascertaining the value of a property.

In most cases, the price of Guidance Value is much lesser than the market value. But this value can act as a reference base.

Guidance value is nothing but a price of the property as per the local Government.

Visit –

land-value belagavi

Choose the district from the drop-down menu, then type a minimum three letters of the area you are looking for, then by default when you select the area, the other details like Taluka, Village Name and Hobli will load.

Enter Property Usage Type

Select Property Type – Building, apartment or Vacant site

Mention the total area and then select the unit as Sq feet or Sq meter.

One also has the option to select other details such amenities available which will affect the total valuation.

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Belagavi was 3rd busiest airport in Karnataka in August

As per the Traffic data for the month of August, Belagavi is the third busiest airport in Karnataka only after Bengaluru and Mangaluru.

Belagavi Traffic August 2020

Aircraft movement 418 (412 in 2019)

Passengers 17,914 (21,175 in 2019)

April to August 42,720 (72,468 in 2019)

With no Airbus or Boeing service to IXG position 3 for Belagavi is very promising.

August 2020 July 2020 June 2020
Aircraft Movement 418 444 391
Passenger 17914 14147 10224
Position in State 3 2 2

In August Bengaluru lead all the way with the highest passengers followed by Mangaluru, Belagavi, Kalburgi, Mysuru, Hubballi, and Vijay Nagar.

Since air traffic was opened after the pandemic there has been significant growth in air traffic from Belagavi.

Now, most of the airlines have commenced their pre COVID schedules and data for September and October will be more promising.

As per the City Pair Data – in June the Hyderabad sector was the busiest with 2292 persons traveling to HYD and 2794 returned to Belagavi.

Now with 4 flights to Bengaluru and 3 to Hyderabad these two places will be the top two places people travel to.

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We need a Smarter City

Do read the entire length of this one.

Cement roads that promise a pothole-free ride, sidewalks with pavers, ingenious seeming lighting systems, separate tracks for cyclists……seems smart, doesn’t it? But don’t you think we would love a little more shade and some natural perches for birds and insects?

As the city undergoes the so called transformation into a Smart City, many seem ignorant of what it will eventually lead to.

1. Come Summer and the concrete will not seem such a cool idea because of the heat it traps and eventually radiates.

2. Come Summer and there is just no space to find shelter from the sweltering heat because there are just no trees around

3. Come Monsoon and there is just no space for water to seep through and the runoff will lead to flooding, not to mention, the lack of water percolation will lead to wells running dry

4. With layered construction of roads using rocks at the base and cement all around, any trees that are put in place will not have enough space to establish roots and in all likelihood will topple over when subject to a strong gust of wind. And with no trees to act as windbreakers, stronger gusts of wind are almost guaranteed.


Is it too late? I hope it is not.

There can still be a rethink about the way we are making our city smart. It is just a matter of conscious thought. We can still make the best of whatever spaces we have.

1. Keep spaces for mid sized trees when the roads are being built. They wont interfere with the rest of the work provided they are given just that little space and true access to soil.

2. Demarcate other regions in the city to construct urban forests

3. Preserve the existing large trees by making them as heritage trees. Dont conveniently chop them to make way for electric cables; we need to find our way around them rather than through them.


4. Plant trees in institutional and industrial compounds to compensate for whatever trees are lost.

5. Do not consider dropped leaves as litter and burn then. Put in systems to collect them for composting.

6. Involve people and organizations in planting and maintaining trees

Yes we can go ahead with all the smart roads with their conveniences and maybe a few trees will be lost but we can more than make up for it with better planning. The 3rd gate to Goaves road is almost proof for what can be done although the trees would appreciate a little more space.

A Smart City with an adequate balance of greenery is still possible provided we all realize the eventualities of being conveniently ignorant.

Let us learn to cohabit this wonderful city of ours with other species including the trees that contribute to making things as beautiful as they can continue to be.


Sameer Majli

The Author is an Academic Counsellor, Trainer, and Career Advisor presently working as a Training and Development Officer, KLE Society, Belagavi. He is also the founder of Green Saviours, an organization dedicated to tree plantation and environmental conservation in Belagavi.

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986 persons fined for not wearing masks on Friday

Three teams formed by the Belagavi City Corporation are on the prowl who don’t wear a mask, not only on the roads but even inside the shops.
On Friday alone 986 persons were fined for not wearing masks by three teams of the health dept of the Belagavi city corporation.

The targets most were bikers who were not wearing masks while riding.
Even a few shop keepers who were not wearing masks inside their shop at Bapat Galli were fined, which amazed many.


Since May 1 a sum of Rs. 3,63,790 has been collected as fine for not wearing masks.
According to sources, the drive will continue and even those who spit will be fined.
“ If a person is driving his or her car and is alone, then there is no need for a mask. If more than one person is traveling in the car, then the mask is a must. Two-wheeler riders need not wear a mask if they are riding solo; it’s must if there is a pillion rider,” BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told the Times of India, we aren’t sure if this is followed here.

The Union health ministry clarified that there is no directive from the ministry on wearing a mask when a person is in a car alone. But the traffic police can still impose a fine if the car has more than one person.

Amid the Covid-19 crisis, several states have issued guidelines mandating wearing a mask in a “public place”. But is a private car a “public place”? A 2019 Supreme Court ruling holds the answer.
These guidelines are issued utilizing the powers under the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

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Prevention of Corona Virus … a Social Responsibility

Not in 100 years has the world faced a global health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic? With more than 31 million (31,798,308) confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 973,653 deaths globally, the pandemic is showing no signs of retreat even after nine months of its first outbreak. Much remains unknown about this insidious virus despite studies in almost every part of the world. The disease which was initially understood to affect the lungs is now known as a multi-system disease affecting the whole human body. COVID-19 is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is spread person-to-person through close contact. India now at the global no 2 spot with more than five million cases (5732518) and 91149 deaths. This means India accounts for one in every 8 cases and one in every 11 deaths due to COVID 19. With no effective vaccine or medicine available in the imminent future, we know prevention is our only resort.

Emergency lockdowns were initiated in countries across the globe to slow its spread but its side effects on health, wellbeing, business, and other aspects of daily life are being felt in every region. Therefore we cannot keep going from lockdown to no-lock down in cycles. Coronavirus has been called a “tornado with a long tail” – rising case counts among young people could ultimately spread to vulnerable old people or those with comorbidities and cause an uptick in deaths. People aged 20-49 years are driving the pandemic. The virus is circulating four times more among the under-40 population than in persons age 65 years or more. 87% of COVID-19 deaths in India are among persons of 45 years and above.

Preventing person to person spread is a priority. To reducing the rate of infection or ‘flattening the curve’ COVID-19 prevention relies on pandemic mitigation in community settings. Based on available evidence, optimum distance (1 m or more), use of face masks, eye protection (goggles or face shields) and hand hygiene considerably lowers the transmission of viruses. The use of face masks is highly effective in the reduction of infection, with stronger protection being afforded by N-95 or similar respirators. For the general public evidence shows, disposable surgical masks, or reusable 3 layer cotton ones- are effective too.


It is important to understand that the risk of infection depends upon the distance to the infected individual, exposure time, and the type of face masks and eye protection used. Eye protection has been under consideration but is effective in community settings. High humidity can extend the lifetime of airborne medium-sized virus-laden droplets by 23 times. Scientists have recommended humidity of at least 40% indoors. Ventilation also plays a major role in preventing the spread of the virus. WHO recommends avoiding the three Cs- closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings.

Almost 200 vaccines for COVID-19 are currently in clinical and pre-clinical testing. Once an effective and safe vaccine is finalized, distributing it around the world in a fair manner is going to be a big challenge. WHO plans that in phase 1, the vaccine will be distributed to 20 % of a nation’s population. As per the Serum Institute of India, it will be as long as 3-4 years till everyone is vaccinated.

Nine months since the pandemic hit globally and some countries like South Korea, France, the US, Singapore are seeing a resurgence of cases. Japan is facing a second wave of infections which is larger than the first. Patients are walking into hospitals three months after recovery with complaints of breathlessness, irregular heart conditions, blurred vision etc. India, with the highest number of recovered cases, has to prepare for what lies ahead. We will have a large population with lingering effects. Timely action by KLES Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital & MRC, Belagavi Post-COVID Care & Rehabilitation Centre has been started.

With the last One million cases for India taking place in just 12 days, we have to understand that prevention from Coronavirus is our social responsibility. Every citizen has to make it a mission to prevent the spread of corona by taking simple but effective steps. Hand washing, physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection CAN prevent person-to-person transmission of the virus. These personal protection strategies cannot be neglected. Prevention of the spread of coronavirus demands behavioral change from ALL. We should not hesitate to make others practice the same when we observe that they are not. Together we can and we should. Prevention is better than cure!

Dr. Mubashir A
About the Author: Prof. Dr. Mubashir Angolkar
Head Dept. of Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research (KAHER), Belgavi

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Fly Belagavi to Chennai via Mysuru in a TruJet

Belagavi to Chennai sector has been in great demand and now Trujet from Oct 1 will start a a flight to Chennai via Mysuru.

Their Kadapa flight also connects to Mysuru but the layover time is more than 3 hours for it.

Trujet will be commencing its services from Belagavi from October 1 to Hyderabad, Mysuru, Chennai, Kadapa, Vijayawada (via Kadapa) and Rajmundry (via Hyd).

With only a 20 minutes layover time at Myrusu while onward and return journey it would a great option to travel from and to Chennai.

IXG is connected to Bengaluru (4 flights), Mumbai (2), Hyderabad (3), Indore, Ahemdabad, Mysuru, Pune directly.


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