Bengaluru, Dec 6: North Karnataka Action Committee state unit general secretary Nagesh Golashetty said that the Samiti would stage a protest by hoisting separate state flag during the Winter Session to be held in Belagavi from December 10.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, he said that hundreds of swamijis have warned the government on July 31 that they would hoist the separate flag for separate state and take charge of the state if the state government failed to fulfill their demand within stipulated time. There was a discrimination in all awards.

The state government has more concern toward Mekedatu project, but Mahadayi project was neglected. The government has spent crores of rupees for Dasara celebration, but the leaders from the south have been opposing to spend for Hampi Utsav. Unfortunately, the leaders from North Karnataka have failed to raise voice against this discrimination and they were cowards, he said.

For the development of 13 districts, North Karnataka should be separated. As the people from this region were deprived of power, the region was lagging behind in development. When hundreds of swamijis staged protest in front of the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi, the state government has promised of shifting some offices and preparing a plan for the development within 15 days. But it has not taken any action so far. Instead, it has continued its discriminatory attitude, he alleged.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Authorities in coastal areas of Kerala have been put on high alert after an intelligence report said 15 Islamic State terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka for the Lakshadweep islands on boats, police sources said.

Coastal police stations and police chiefs have been alerted about suspicious vessels. The sources said, though, such alerts are "usual practice", this time they have a specific information about the number of terrorists.

The coastal police department said it has been on alert since May 23 after the intelligence input came from Sri Lanka.

"We have been on alert since the Sri Lankan attack. We have alerted fishing vessel owners and others venturing into the sea to be cautious," a coastal police department official told PTI.

After the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, Kerala was put on alert, especially after NIA investigations revealed that IS operatives had planned attacks in the state.