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Army Tornadoes eye 6 world records

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BENGALURU: The popular Army Service Corps (ASC) Motor Cycle Display Team–Tornadoes–will attempt to create another six world records on Sunday.

The Bengaluru-based team, under the aegis of the ASC Centre and College Commanded by Lt Gen SPS Katewa will attempt the records on Mysuru Road.

The records that will be attempted, include hand free riding of a motorcycle while sitting on the front mudguard non-stop on a zig-zag route by rider Naik Rupnar Dilip P; riding a motorcycle standing on a zig-zag route by Naik M Sasi Raja; riding a motorcycle while lying on the seat by Sepoy Shewale Ravindra and riding motorcycle kneeling down on the seat on the bike by Captain Bunny Sharma.

All the riders will cover a distance of 19-km in the said positions. Besides, two other records that will be attempted are, the fastest moving human pyramid of 32 men on three motorcycles covering a distance of one kilometre under one minute and the fastest moving human pyramid of 12 men on two motorcycles covering a distance of one kilometre under one minute.

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44% of children that go missing remain unfound

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BENGALURU: For every 100 children that go missing 38 remain untraced in the country. Between January 2012 to August 2015, 2,38,673 children have been reported missing across India and 1,06,617 children remain untraced.

Experts point out that there are more children that are missing and that not all cases are reported by the families, especially in rural areas. The Supreme Court has taken the matter seriously and in June 2013 had directed all states that an FIR must be registered in all such cases and not one complaint must be treated lightly.

The Centre has also been issuing directives and one of them saw the implementation of the national tracking system for missing children, besides the state government’s efforts.

From trafficking to cases of run-aways, the state is losing its little ones and the system remains ineffective.

Data from the ministry of home affairs points out that between January 2012 to August 2015 a total of 39,007 boys and 67,610 girls remain untraced.

At 41,089 untraced children, the highest number has been reported in the year 2013–14,383 boys and 26,706 girls–while 2014 saw 31,711 (11,715 boys and 19,996 girls) untraced. A total of 26,896 and 6,921 children are untraced in the years 2012 and 2015 (up to August).

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Celebrating caste heroes, for votes

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There has been a surge in celebration of jayantis (anniversaries) in Karnataka in the past five years in an apparent effort to woo people of a particular caste by celebrating remembering their heroes.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah joined this with his decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan. His decision to ask the department of minorities to oversee the celebrations lent credence to the charge that he was doing this with an eye on minority votes. “It’s no secret that parties leave no stone unturned to appease members of particular castes -by giving tickets to certain communities to contest polls and giving them prominence in ministries. Now, they’re going the extra yard to observe birth anniversaries of their heroes, not realizing they’re disrespecting them,” said political analyst Sandeep Shastri.

The previous BJP government led by BS Yeddyurappa declared holidays to mark Valmiki and Kanakadasa Jayantis and ear marked a special grant of Rs 50,000 for celebrating Basava Jayanti and Ambedkar Jayantis as the BJP’s bid to woo OBCs, Dalits and Lingayats.

Siddaramaiah is continuing this trend.After celebrating Sri Krishna Janmashtami for the first time in September to keep his promise to Yadava (Golla) community leaders, Siddaramaiah announced that the government will organise Vishwakarma Jayanti from next year. This community has a population of 35 lakh in the state.

Soon after becoming CM, Siddaramaiah also announced state festivals for Bhagiratha to respect the sentiments of Bestas (fishermen community) and Devara Dasimayya, the hero of the Nekaara (weavers) community . Shastri said jayanthis in fact devalue historical figures by identifying them with a particular caste and limiting them to a single day .

A senior JDS leader said, “What was the need to start such an event when there were concerns over highly vitiated atmosphere prevailing in the country following the Kalburgi and Dadri killings? It just shows they had an agenda.” Siddaramaiah’s supporters defended his move. “The government did not do it on its own. There were several petitions from organisations requesting the government to celebrate Tipu Jayanti,” they said.

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