Bengaluru, Aug 5: The Karnataka government on Friday approved 18 industrial projects worth Rs 34,432.46 crore that is expected to generate jobs for over 48,000 people in the state.

The State High-Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC) of the government under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai met here and gave the clearance for the investment proposals. The meeting was attended by senior ministers and officials.

Among the projects approved are automaker Toyota Kirloskar Motor's plan to invest over Rs 3,600 crore to produce hybrid vehicles along with traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles at its facility here.

"The High-Level Clearance committee has considered and approved eight new projects and 10 additional investment projects that are expected to further push the industrial growth and generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in Karnataka," an official release said.

Major investment or project proposals approved in today's meeting include -- an ethanol plant of 2,000 KLPD capacity by Trualt Bioenergy Limited, Bengaluru, with an investment of Rs 1,856.47 crore.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited with its passenger cars and diversified product profile of hybrid technology vehicles along with ICE vehicles will invest Rs 3,661.5 crore.

Project proposals with additional investment include Applied Materials India Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru for showerheads or capital equipment manufacturing for semiconductors, with an investment of Rs 1,573 crore and Rs 977 crore investment by Carl Zeiss India (Bangalore) Pvt. Ltd.

Also, Rs 2,500.09 crore investment by Prakash Sponge Iron and Private Limited, Bengaluru for an integrated steel plant of 0.2 Million Metric Tonne Per Annum (MMTPA).

Emmvee Photovoltaic Power Private Limited, Bengaluru's investment of Rs 232.15 crore for solar photovoltaic module and solar cells unit; Rs 775.35 crore investment by Shree Renuka Sugars Limited, Belagavi for distillery/ethanol plant; and Chidanand Basaprabhu Kore Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane Niyamit Chikodi, Belagavi's distillery/ethanol plant with an investment of Rs 270.36 crore, were among those cleared by the government.

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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.