Two bomb blasts rocked Moreh, Manipur’s border town on Saturday night. Police said that the first blast took place at 9:30 p.m. at the perimeter wall of the police station in the town. The second blast was reported at midnight at Gamnom Veng inside the town. There was no casualty.Police said that of late there have been several blasts at Moreh and nearby areas and Tamu, a trading centre in Myanmar.On Thursday L. Soshindro, the parliamentary secretary (Home) was attacked when he had gone to Kotha near Moreh to inaugurate a religious festival. Four policemen were injured in the twin blasts.Earlier, two troopers of 165 Territorial Army were killed and two others wounded along Trans Asian Highway No. 2 that leads to Moreh.There has been no claim by any insurgent group. The latest blasts come shortly after the condemnation of the Kotha blasts. People of Moreh had also protested with a 24 hour general strike in protest against the blast at Kut ground near the police station.Police say that efforts are on to establish the identity of the insurgents behind the blasts and their motive.
It will not be wrong to surmise that Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was taking an extended nap when Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and local Congress were plotting to bring down his government.When Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya took 13 MLAs with him to Chennai and threatened to bring down the government, Yeddyurappa didn’t take him seriously. For, Renukacharya was repeating the act for the fourth time in the last three years.On all the three occasions, he was handsomely rewarded and dropped his rebellions. Yeddyurappa was hoping that Renukacharya would end the fourth rebellion in two days.But this time, he did not know that Renukacharya was being backed by Kumaraswamy, who reportedly plotted the government’s downfall with the Congress’ help. Worse, on the second day of their stay in Chennai, Renukacharya and his team submitted a letter to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announcing withdrawal of support to Yeddyurappa.What prompted Kumaraswamy to hatch such a conspiracy when Yeddyurappa was under the impression that all was well with the party after the Cabinet reshuffle? If highlyplaced sources are to be believed, it was the Bellary mine lords, who wanted the Yeddyurappa government to collapse and pumped in more than Rs 200 crore to stage this coup.For a change, it was not the Bellary Reddy brothers but another set of miners, who had been hounded by the Reddys, against whom Yeddyurappa could not take any action fearing rebellion. These miners, traditional business rivals of the Reddys, were harassed by all possible government agencies.advertisementThese miners were not given ore transportation permits, fresh leases, no objection certificates from the Forest and Mines & Geology department. Even court orders favoring themwere being neglected.”It is well known that Yeddyurappa is ineffective in Bellary, which is ruled by the Reddys. Some firms even stopped mining because of the Reddys’ harassment. They approached Yeddyurappa to rein in the Reddys, but he was helpless,” a top source, who mediated between the miners and the JD(S), disclosed.Then, the disgruntled miners reportedly approached Kumaraswamy seeking a way out. If the sources are to be believed, it was then that the JD(S) plotted the The uproar in Karnataka is the result of the government’s support to the mining barons Children at an art workshop in Bangalore government’s downfall.Renukacharya’s rebellion was preceded by a series of disclosures of land scams, in which various ministers, the chief minister and his relatives were reportedly involved. The aim was to defame the government before landing the final blow. The MLAs, who participated in the rebellion, were carefully selected.Five were Independents, who were ministers. Apart from Renukacharya, there were two other ministers, who are known party-hoppers. The rest were disgruntled MLAs with ministerial ambitions. For the first time, MLAs openly announced that they were being offered crores of rupees to abandon their parties, an indication of the money flow.The Congress, though a co-conspirator, remained a spectator while Kumaraswamy came out in the open hobnobbing with the rebels. His involvement in the crisis was evident from day one when he followed the rebels wherever they went. It was clear that that he did not want the rebellion to end even as their ring leader Renukacharya did a U-turn as expected.The Reddy brothers threw their hat in the ring when they came to know that their mining rivals were behind the coup. Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy flew to Goa to woo the rebels, but it was too late for the BJP.The government has been mired in controversies, land scams and nepotism ever since it came to power in 2008. It even started a new political trend to increase its number in the Assembly by wooing opposition MLAs through its ‘Operation Kamala’.But the BJP couldn’t predict its own downfall. The rival miners of Reddys are in no mood to relent. “They have even agreed to hire the best lawyers to defend the 16 expelled MLAs in the High Court,” the source pointed out.With the governor asking Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again on the Floor of the House on October 14, it is to be seen what happens over the next two days.Scams galore amidst chaosThe last 10 days have been the worst for the Yeddyurappa government as a series of disclosures by the Opposition has dented the BJP’s image in Karnataka. The names of several ministers and their children figured in land scams.Even Yeddyurappa was not spared. First, an aide of Yeddyurappa, IT/BT Minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, was caught in a land acquisition compensation scam.advertisementHis son, who allegedly received Rs 1.15 crore compensation for land, which did not belong to him, was caught by the anti-corruption unit Lok Ayukta while bribing a witness.Worse, his son Katta Jagadish was a BJP councilor in the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. Another minister Ramachandra Gowda landed in the soup when the High Court found large-scale irregularities in appointments to medical colleges.He resigned to ‘save the party’s image’. Then, Yeddyurappa found himself in the middle of a scam. He de-notified government land worth crores of rupees to favour his son and son-in-law. He also allotted a plum property in Bangalore to his son BY Raghavendra, a MP.Next, Industries Minister Murugesh Niraani’s personal staff was caught on tape receiving cash to allot industrial area land to an entrepreneur for a project.Neither the minister nor his staff has addressed the issue so far. Interestingly, Yeddyurappa, instead of taking action, hit back with disclosures of scams allegedly involving opposition leaders!Festival takes a back seatThe turbulent political developments in Karnataka have claimed an unexpected victim – the world famous Mysore Dasara celebrations, which took off on October 8. Patronised by the state government and the Mysore royal family, the celebrations attract lakhs of tourists, both domestic and foreign.But this time, the Dasara celebrations have remained a low-key affair as the government is trying to save itself from collapse. Interestingly, the year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of one of the oldest traditional festivals, started in 1610 by Raja Wadiyar.Large scale Dasara celebration originated in the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th century. The same was replicated by the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.The 10-day celebration is officially declared as a ‘state festival’, featuring religious and traditional ceremonies, procession of tableaux and decked-up elephants, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, performances by folk artistes, musicians and film personalities, various cultural and sports competitions.This time the grandeur and splendor is missing in the celebrations. To make matters worse, the attendance by foreign tourists has been minimal. According to the organisers, poor marketing and security concerns are the prime reasons for poor attendance of foreign tourists at the Dasara celebrations.Giving kids the right to have funAn IT professional Reena Chowdhury has launched a series of “Art Camps” called “Dream a Little Dream” touching the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Bangalore.The first art camp was held at APSA Dream School in Bangalore in which over 200 children took part The project aims at providing an opportunity for the lesser privileged child to unleash his/her creativity through art.”People are willing to provide basic necessities for these children but what about some fun? I always wanted to do something but deadlines take over your life in the IT field,” she lamented.The volunteers are mainly techies who were keen on breaking out of their hum drum existence and reach out to others in society. The project is backed by ILP – a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with local NGOs to promote literacy.advertisement—After trading blows with the marshals in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and approaching the governor H.R. Bhardwaj over the Trust Vote, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah did the unbelievable.He dashed to the nearby Chinnaswamy cricket stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat on Monday evening.An avid cricket fan, Siddaramaiah, unmindful of the political developments in the state, spent more than two hours at the stadium watching the India-Australia match, hoping to watch Tendulkar score the double century.Unfortunately, the leader’s wish remained unfulfilled as the match was called off for the day even before Tendulkar reached 200.