New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and conveyed to him that the state government was functioning smoothly and there was coordination between ruling coalition partners JD(S) and the Congress. Kumaraswamy’s meeting with the Congress chief comes in the backdrop of voices of dissent gaining ground in the ruling coalition in the southern state after two Congress MLAs met former chief minister S M Krishna at his Bengaluru residence on Sunday. All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal is in Bengaluru currently to placate the disgruntled state leaders. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The CM apprised Rahul Gandhi of the current political situation in the state and said the coalition government in the state is functioning smoothly with cooperation and coordination between both the parties,” an official statement said. During the brief meeting, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader also urged Gandhi not to quit as the Congress chief, saying “the nation needs his service”, the statement added. Kumaraswamy also discussed the outcome of the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka with Gandhi. The coalition government in the southern state has been fragile since its inception with reports of its collapse surfacing every now and then. Following the drubbing of the Congress-JD(S) combine in the LS election, where the two parties managed to win only one seat each, a senior Congress leader had claimed that the state government would collapse after June 10.
A grant assistance package of vehicles, equipment, machinery etc meant for the faculties of Agriculture and Engineering of Killinochchi Campus of the University of Jaffna, was handed over to the University in a ceremony held at the Killinochchi Campus, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan and D.C. Manjunath, Head of Development Cooperation Wing, High commission of India in Colombo handed over the material to the Vice Chancellor of the University R. Vigneswaran. Deans of various faculty, other faculty members, officials and students participated in the ceremony. The handed over material was of worth SLR 90 million and is part of the SLR 600 million grant project to develop both the faculties of the University. The High Commission said that the new buildings built under this project for the Agriculture and Engineering Faculties were inaugurated in a special ceremony held on June 30, 2017, by Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella, High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Governor of Northern Province Reginald Cooray. In addition to provision of equipment, vehicles etc., the Government of India will also provide support for curriculum development, faculty exchanges, training and research. The project will benefit students pursuing professional courses in Agriculture and Engineering by providing them better facilities and improved learning environment. (Colombo Gazette)