Some infrastructure projects were inaugurated too

Agrarian crisis, a politician from the district reaching the top political post in the State, and the completion of a few infrastructure projects were some of the major events in the district in 2012.

When Jagadish Shettar assumed the office of Chief Minister in July, he became the second person from the region to hold that post after S.R. Bommai.

Agrarian crisis left farmers in the lurch for the second consecutive year. While the kharif crop was lost completely owing to lack of rain, the yield in the rabi season was only 40 per cent. Even the horticultural sector suffered losses.

The cultural complexes at Annigeri and Indira Glass House, a truck terminal in Dharwad, and a lake garden at Jayanagar were some of the major projects that were inaugurated last year. However, works such as the renovation of Kalabhavan and the rejuvenation of Kelgeri lake remained incomplete for want of funds. The authorities could not keep their word that the work for the super market would begin before 2013.

Karnatak University was in the news for all wrong reasons. The tug of war between Registrar (Evaluation) J.S. Bhat and Registrar S.B. Hinchigeri became talk of the town. Three people took charge as Registrar in the previous year, including G.B. Nandan who assumed the office on Monday. The university also received the status of Centre of Potential Excellence that ensured a special grant of Rs. 50 crore.

The play Stories in a song presented by Kalamandala at the fag end of the year proved to be a feat for theatre lovers. It was staged by Arpana, Mumbai.

The National Blinds Cricket Championship was held at the R.N. Shetty Stadium in the district. Players for the Indian team that participated in the first ever World Cup Cricket Championship for the Blind at Bangalore were selected from here. Two players from Karnataka were part of the squad.

Karnatak College athlete Priyanaka Kalagi created new records in 100 metres and 200 metres run at Karnatak University inter-collegiate athletic meet. Karnatak University took a decision to allot grace marks to sportsmen taking part in inter-collegiate and inter-varsity competitions. Dharwad also played hosts for the All India Schools under-14 and under-16 gymnastics competitions for boys and girls at the Sports Authority of India's Sports Training Centre.

While Nitin Bhille of SDM Cricket Academy continued to play for Railways in the Ranji Trophy cricket championships, Samarth Ooty of Cricket Club of Karnataka and Vasant Murdeshwar Cricket Academy represented Karnataka State Cricket Association in the All India under-19 cricket championship.

The year also saw the sad demise of talented runner Kallavva Shindhogi who participated in the All India Inter-Varsity Cross Country Championship and brought back laurels.

  • The renovation of Kalabhavan and the rejuvenation of Kelgeri lake remain incomplete

  • Karnatak University was in the news for all wrong reasons