Udupi, October 13: A few trees of almost 50-years-old, which were about to axed to construct a KSRTC bus stand at Bannanje near here, have got a new lease of life, with the authorities shifted them to nearby places on Saturday.

In order to construct the bus stand, the Forest Department has given permission to axe 28 trees. Knowing this, environmental activists Premananda Kalmadi and Vinaychandra urged the department and other authorities to save the trees. Even they have also appealed Forest Minister R. Shankar to protect the trees. Responding to their appeal, the Minister directed the authorities to shift those trees to somewhere else. Following this, 16 trees were identified for shifting. Among them, three trees were shifted under the guidance of Jeeth Milan of Green Brigade of Mangaluru.

The trees were transplanted on the border area of the bus stand. Since the authorities were able to shift only three trees, it was decided to shift another four trees- one Hebbalasu, two teak and one Uppali- on Wednesday. The expenses to be incurred for shifting the trees would be borne by bus stand contractor Sridhar Acharya, said Premananda Kalmadi and Vinaychandra Sastana.

7 trees axed overnight

Out of total 16 trees, it was planned to shift 14 trees. But on Friday night, the forest department officials and the contractor have axed seven trees without giving any information. Knowing this, the environmental activists took the forest department officials and the contractor to task. Later, the contractor has agreed to bear the expenses of shifting the remaining trees and fulfilled his promise today.

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Bengaluru, Aug 8: Some students who passed the Pre-University Course (PUC) in 2020-21 but are also writing the Common Entrance Test (CET) in 2022, have approached the High Court.

These students have challenged an alleged note of the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) not considering the 2020-21 marks for entrance to professional courses in 2022.

"The marks of students who have passed out in 2021 will not be computed for the purpose of giving ranking in the CET and only the marks obtained in the CET will be taken into consideration for the purpose of granting rankings," the petition cites a KEA note.

A single-judge bench of SR Krishna Kumar heard the petition on Monday.

The Additional Advocate General, Dhyan Chinnappa, informed the High Court, which was hearing the petition, that the counselling of students for admission to professional courses is yet to commence.

The AAG informed the court that the counselling will not commence till the HC hears the petition after which the case was adjourned to August 18.

The petition was filed by Keerthana Y H and a dozen other students.

"Qualifying examination marks are usually higher in the nature of the examinations and the CET markings are usually lower. By excluding the qualifying examination marks, and by taking the CET marks alone for half the proportion would completely disturb the merit matrix of every student," the petition claims.