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  • Government decriminalizes attempt to commit suicide, removes section 309.

    NewDelhi: Attempt to suicide will soon be not a punishable offence with the government deciding to delete Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code from the statute book to decriminalise it after getting the backing of 22 states and union territories, the Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

    Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the Law Commission of India, in its 210th Report, had recommended that Sec 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of IPC needs to be effaced from the statute book.

    Chaudhary said since law and order is a state subject, views of all states and union territories were sought on the recommendations of the Law Commission.

    18 states and 4 union territory administrations have supported that Sec 309 of the IPC may be deleted. Keeping in view the responses from the States/UTs, it has been decided to delete Sec 309 of IPC from the Statute book, he said in reply to a written question.

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  • Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased effor

    New Delhi (IANS): The union cabinet Wednesday approved the various amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 as per the power ministry's proposed amendment bill.

    "The amendments will usher in much-needed further reforms in the power sector, promote competition, efficiency in operations and improvement in quality of supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity addition and ultimate benefit to the consumers," an official release said.

    Power Minister Piyush Goyal had said last week at an event here that the amendments would be tabled in the ongoing winter session of parliament.

    The proposed changes envisage strengthening the penalty provisions, increasing the penalty manifold and making them more enforceable.

    Changes to the tariff policy are also being proposed, the minister had said. To encourage more competition in power distribution, it is proposed to give consumers a choice of companies for power supply, a ministry source told IANS.

    Goyal said that reforms are also being planned in the distribution sector whereby the entire discom set-up will be unbundled.

    "While there will be a government distributor of power to ensure that power is provided to the weaker sections of society, competition will be introduced and a private sector role in the sector," Goyal said.

    To boost the wind energy sector, the government proposes to bring in amendments to the act introducing stricter penalties for failing to meet renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets, Goyal, who is also minister of new and renewable energy, had said here last week which launching the newly formed wind power producers and manufacturers' organisation - the Indian Wind Energy Alliance (IWEA).

    Under the RPO system, the state power distribution companies have to mandatorily purchase electricity generated through renewable energy sources during the year.

    The proposed changes will also introduce the renewable generation obligation (RGO), which will make it compulsory for thermal power producers to generate electricity through renewables, Goyal said.

    Overall, the government was aiming at 2 trillion units of electricity generation by 2020, in which renewable sources are to account for 15 percent, Goyal said. The share of renewable energy is currently around 6 percent of a total base made up of 1 trillion units of electricity.

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  • Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

    Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

    Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year.

    The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call.

    Negotiators in Lima are currently trying to advance the outline text of an agreement at UN-led talks.

    With 1.2bn people worldwide calling themselves Catholic, the church has considerable potential to influence public debate on any issue.

    On climate change, some bishops have previously called for rapid decarbonisation and argued for moves to protect the most vulnerable.

    But this is first time that such a global collection of senior priests have made such a call.

    In their statement, the bishops say they want a “deepening of the discourse at the COP20 in Lima, to ensure concrete decisions are taken at COP21 to overcome the climate challenge and to set us on new sustainable pathways”.

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    Monsignor Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón, Archbishop of Ayacucho, and president of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, said: “We bishops from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have engaged in intense dialogue on the issue of climate change, because we can see it’s the poorest people who are impacted the most, despite the fact they’ve contributed the least to causing it.

    “They’re the ones who respect the planet, the Earth, the soil, the water and the rainforests.

    “As the church, we see and feel an obligation for us to protect creation and to challenge the misuse of nature. We felt this joint statement had to come now because Lima is a milestone on the way to Paris, and Paris has to deliver a binding agreement.”

    The bishops argue that nations should aim to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C.

    This goes further than the current position of many negotiators who say that 2 degrees represents the threshold for dangerous climate change.

    The bishops say this is necessary “in order to protect frontline communities suffering from the impacts of climate change, such as those in the Pacific Islands and in the coastal regions.”

    As well as calling for the phasing in of 100% renewable energy, there is a strong focus on finance for adaptation in the statement.

    The Bishops say that solving the climate challenge with a new treaty will be a key step towards a new economic approach.

    “In viewing objectively the destructive effects of a financial and economic order based on the primacy of the market and profit, which has failed to put the human being and the common good at the heart of the economy, one must recognise the systemic failures of this order and the need for a new financial and economic order.”

    Ministers from around the world have joined their negotiators in Peru in an effort to drive forward the talks process. While the atmosphere has been positive, little progress has been made.

    Environmental activists are planning a large scale demonstration in the centre of Lima on Wednesday in an effort to increase pressure on negotiators.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Lima on Thursday, the first time a senior US politician has attended the talks since President Obama went to Copenhagen in 2009.

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  • Sri Lankan navy arrests 27 Tamil Nadu fishermen

    New Delhi:  Sri Lankan navy has arrested 27 fishermen from Tamil Nadu on charges of poaching in the island nation’s waters.

    While 13 fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Thanjavur district were arrested along with their three boats, 14 fishermen from Rameshwaram were arrested with three boats when they were fishing in mid-sea late on Wednesday night.

    The naval personnel also damaged their fishing nets, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Sekar said.

    All the fishermen have been taken to Kankesanthurai, he said.

    Fishermen from Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Karaikal, Thanjavur and Pudukottai have decided to boycott fishing indefenitely from Thursday in protest against the arrests.


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  • PM Narendra Modi to hold talks with Putin today; 20 agreements on anvil

    New Delhi: On the occasion of 15th Annual India-Russia Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday hold bilateral talks with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Putin arrived at around 11 pm on Wednesday at the Indian Air Force Station here at Palam for a 24-hour visit and a packed diplomatic schedule.

    During Putin’s visit, India and Russia will ink around 20 agreements, especially in the field of civil nuclear energy, defence and trade.

    The meeting between Modi and Putin will take place at Hyderabad House. Notably, the summit talks are alternatively hosted by Moscow and New Delhi. Last year, the talks were held in Moscow in October and attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

    Putin’s visit comes at a time when the Russian economy is buffeted by Western economic sanctions over Ukraine and falling oil prices that has led to a sharp fall in the rouble.

    India has already laid the ground for taking forward the close ties by stating that it has clearly spelt out that it "cannot be party" to any economic sanctions against its old friend.

    Today’s talks will be the first full-fledged summit between India and Russia after the Modi government took office in May.

    After the delegation-level talks, both sides will witness the inking of agreements and there will be press statements by both the leaders.

    Putin, who is bringing along with him a 15-member team of top business honchos, will attend an interaction with CEOs at the same venue.

    He will then inaugurate the World Diamond Conference at Vigyan Bhavan, and later meet President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening before leaving for home at night.

    The summit talks will see both sides outline a joint vision of the relationship for the next decade. It will provide a roadmap for enhancing the partnership to qualitatively new levels and have a strong focus on redefining the economic partnership. Russia has said that the bilateral trade, which stands at USD 10 billion, is way too low and needs to be boosted.

    Russian Ambassador Alexander M Kadakin, addressing a press briefing here on Monday, had said that nuclear cooperation, including for a "cascade" of nuclear reactors, would be high on the agenda of talks.

    Kadakin said Putin’s visit would "provide a powerful recharge to the whole gamut of bilateral relations" and broaden the spectrum of the mutually beneficial partnership, "which is gaining new substance".

    He said a "serious document" on building a nuclear roadmap is expected to be inked.

    Kadakin said Russia has agreed to build around 16 nuclear units but India has demanded "a much bigger" number of around 24 units.

    Agreements in the field of hydrocarbons are also expected to be inked with Russia voicing readiness to offer India more fields to scout for oil in the Siberian region. India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd. is already scouting for oil in the Sakhalin-1 field.

    "We are ready to offer India other mines and fields for hydrocarbons," Kadakin said. OVL is likely to acquire stakes in the Vankor and Yurubcheno-Tokhomskoye fields in Siberia, according to reports.

    Defence cooperation talks would also figure prominently, including on the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

    Modi, who has visited Russia thrice as Gujarat chief minister, had interacted with Putin during those meetings as well as at the BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa - summit in Fortaleza, Brazil in July and also in Brisbane, Australia, last month.

    The bilateral talks are expected to see both leaders strike a rapport that would take the relationship forward.

    During his meeting with Putin in Brazil, Modi had told him that "Even a child in India, if asked to say who is India’s best friend, will reply it is Russia because Russia has been with India in times of crisis".

     

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  • Girls are like God signature, Malala is like my daughter, says Nobel winner Kailash Satyarthi

    Stockholm: In a beautiful remark celebrating the elegance and significance of a girl child, Kailash said, "Whenever a child takes birth, the Almighty smiles. And whenever a girl child is born, the Almighty doesn’t just smile but puts a signature on it heralding that he wants to continue this universe. So whenever a daughter is born, Almighty’s signatures are born..Malala is my daughter".

    Speaking on sharing the award with Malala Yousfzai of Pakistan, Satyarthi reiterated that she was like his daughter and that thousands of such daughters be born.

    Hailing India’s culture and tradition, Satyarthi added that peace prevails in every grain  of India and that we have been conveying the message of peace for thousands of years.

    In an exclusive interview to Zee News, Satyarthi said that he would like to dedicate the Nobel Peace Prize to all the underprivileged children and also to all the Indians.
    The Nobel laureate added that the award was the most special of all - 11 awards - he has received so far as it honours all those children who are suffering and mired in child labour or trafficking.

    The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 will be awarded to child rights activists India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousufzai today in Oslo City Hall at 1:00 pm Central Europe Time (CET).

    Satyarthi, 60, and Malala, 17, will share USD 1.1 million Nobel Peace Prize and also receive Nobel medals and documents.

    After the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded, it will be followed by the Nobel Banquet at Grand Hotel at 7:00 pm CET.

    Yesterday, both Malala and Satyarthi shared the stage to address a joint press conference at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, where both of them called themselves lucky and honoured to have received the award with each other.

    "Malala’s like my daughter. She is the bravest child one can think of. I am lucky to be sharing the award with her," said Kailash Satyarthi. Whereas Malala reciprocated his gesture by saying, "I am honoured to sit with my father" pointing towards Kailash Satyarthi.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee chose to honour Satyarthi and Malala with the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

    The committee noted that the Nobel Peace Prize for this year honoured the fact that a Muslim (Malala Yousafzai) and a Hindu (Kailash Satyarthi) a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in what it called a common struggle for education and extremism.

    Satyarthi is the eight Indian to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize. Here are others who achieved the same feat.

    Satyarthi’s "Bachpan Bachao Aandolan" has saved almost 80,000 children from child labour, slavery and trafficking while Malala shot to fame after she was shot by Taliban for writing against them and promoting girl children’s education in Pakistan.


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  • Man who caught Yaseen Bhatkal to guard Modi and Gandhi family

    New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Vivek Srivastava was on Wednesday appointed as Inspector General in the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) which guards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other VVIPs, including the Gandhi family.Srivastava, a 1989-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, will be the senior-most IPS officer in the elite force and may thereby be made the officiating SPG chief.
    Srivastava was the head of the Patna unit of Intelligence Bureau last year when Modi's rally in the Bihar capital was attacked by a splinter group of banned terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen (IM).He was also involved in the operation leading to the arrest of Yaseen Bhatkal, one of the founder members of IM.SPG was headless after K Durga Prasad, a 1981-batch Andhra Pradesh batch IPS officer, was moved out on November 25.
    Prasad was appointed as director of SPG in 2011 for a period of two years, which was extended by one more year in 2013 up to Oct. 31, 2014.Sources said that the 1981-batch officer had written to the Cabinet Secretary over his fate post the completion of his tenure whereupon the government decided to ease him from the post.
    After a fortnight, the name of Srivastava, at present a Joint Director in Intelligence Bureau, was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister.Srivastava's term with SPG is being treated as a deputation from the Intelligence Bureau so that, upon completion of his term, he can return to the snoop agency.
    SPG looks after the security of the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her two children – Rahul and Priyanka and former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.   ...

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  • Belagavi: K'taka assembly: Now, Ambareesh, S S Mallikarjuna caught watching video

    Belagavi, Agencies: BJP MLA Prabhu Chavan was caught using his mobile to view pictures of Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday, two Congress leaders were found watching videos while the session was on.
     
    BJP, the opposition party, demanded an apology from Housing Minister  and Mandya MLA Ambareesh and Davangere North MLA S S Mallikarjuna, who were caught in the act. It sought suspension of these two MLAs.
     
    Following an uproar on the issue, the Assembly was adjourned till 3.00 PM.
     
    Meanwhile, JDS party leader H D Kumaraswamy criticised both the national parties for deviating from the important issues to be discussed in the assembly.
     
    “If the proposal for a ban on mobile phone in the assembly was approved in the last assembly session, such situations would not have come up again,” Kumaraswamy said.

    Chaos in assembly over BJP MLA gazing at Priyanka Gandhi's pic
    Belagavi Dec 11, (PTI)
    :Karnataka Assembly was today adjourned briefly amid chaos over a BJP MLA watching a zoomed in picture of Priyanka Gandhi on his mobile phone during House proceedings.
    As the House assembled, slogan shouting Congress members rushed to the front row of seats, demanding strict action against Prabhu Chavan for the "indecent act" yesterday.

    The members said Chavan's "unacceptable" conduct had hurt the dignity of their leader and demanded action against him.

    Chavan was caught on TV camera watching a zoomed in photo of Priyanka Gandhi on his mobile phone and another BJP MLA U B Banakar was found playing video games, oblivious of the discussion about the plight of sugarcane growers to whom sugar mill owners owe huge arrears.

    In the video footage, Chavan was also seen watching images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi along with Sonia Gandhi.

    As the incident left the BJP red-faced, he had later said he zoomed in the picture of Priyanka Gandhi only to read a slogan below but admitted that it was a "mistake" to have taken the mobile phone inside the House.

    Raising the issue, Law and Parliamentary Minister T B Jayachandra demanded action against Chavan and sought a permanent solution to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

    The Minister said the incident has not only tarnished the image of the two legislators, but also that of the legislature.

    Referring to the earlier incident during BJP's rule when Laxman Savadi and C C Patil, then ministers, were caught on TV camera watching pornography on their mobiles, he said a report has been submitted but no action had been taken.

    The matter has gained serious proportions as it has reached the portals of the Parliament where the issue might come up for discussion and such an incident has hurt the sentiments of the legislators, Jayachandra said.

    Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar demanded that the Chair put an end to such incidents and curb the use of mobile phones in the House.

    Admitting the folly made by his party legislator, Shettar requested Speaker Kagodu Thimappa to allow the member to issue a statement in the House. He said the act has maligned the image of public representatives.

    Chavan's conduct was unbecoming of a public representative, especially when the people had "unpleasant" views on legislators, Shettar, a former Chief Minister, said.

    Before adjourning the House for ten minutes, Thimappa requested Congress members to take their seats and resume proceedings as Chavan had apologised "with tears in his eyes" in his chamber.

    "The legislator visited me and apologised for the incident and shed tears. I think it will be appropriate that the members resume their seats and allow the House to function," he said.

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  • Kasturirangan report echoes in Karnataka house

    Bengaluru: Members of the opposition BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) were involved in heated arguments in the Legislative Assembly on K Kasturirangan committee report on Western Ghats on Wednesday December 10.

    JD(S) members led by Y.S.V. Datta trooped into the well of the House to stage a dharna when Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa asked BJP members to come up with their submission on the report.

    When BJP members alleged that the JD(S) was impervious to the issue, Kumaraswamy said his party too was concerned about the matter. As repeated appeals by the Speaker to JD(S) members to resume their seats went unheeded, Kumaraswamy appealed to his party members to call off their protest, paving the way for BJP leaders to make their submission.


    BJP member Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said the State government had not taken the report seriously as creation of ecologically sensitive zones (ESZs), according to the report recommendation, would seriously jeopardise the lives of people living in the Western Ghats area. December 15 was the deadline for the State to file a report in the Supreme Court on the issue, he said.

    Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande raised objections to Kageri’s statement that the State government was doing nothing to apprise the Supreme Court on the impact of the implementation of the report.

     

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  • Bar bribe case: FIR registered against Kerala minister KM Mani

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a setback for Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani, an FIR has been registered against him in connection with the bar bribe case.


    The FIR was registered on Thursday by the state’s vigilance department, after initial probe found prima facie evidence against the minister.

    Earlier, the Kerala High court had last week rejected a plea for registration of an FIR against Mani.

    A Division Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A M Shaffique, while disposing of petitions by LDF convenor Vaikom Vishwam and CPI MLA VS Sunil Kumar, had directed Vigilance Director to take independent decision in accordance with statutory provisions within one week of receipt of the preliminary report.

    Alleging that Vigilance’s quick verification against Mani, was a ’farce’, the LDF convenor and CPI MLA had moved the court in separate PILs seeking to draw up an FIR and register crime against the minister.

    The LDF had also sought setting up of a SIT to probe the case and wanted court to monitor the same.

    Mani has been accused of demanding bribe to allow the reopening of 418 bars shut down in the state in the wake of change in liquor policy.

    Whistleblower bar owner Biju Ramesh has alleged that Rs 1 crore was given to Mani as the first instalment of the Rs 5 crore he had demanded.

    The opposition Left parties have been demanding Mani’s resignation, saying Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet were shielding the minister.

     

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  • After 15 years, ten flyovers to be repaired

    Bengaluru, DHNS: After 15 years of construction of flyovers in the City, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to take up repair and maintenance works of ten flyovers from January.


    A decision to this effect was taken following a report submitted by City-based engineers and consultants from the Institutions of Engineers and Indian Institute of Bridge Engineers. The report was prepared and submitted to the BBMP and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) in August this year.

    BBMP chief engineer, Road Infrastructure, S Somashekar said, “As many as ten flyovers which need immediate maintenance and repairs have been shortlisted. Works will be carried out at a cost of Rs 12 crore.

    Core work orders for Central Silk Board, Richmond Circle, Dairy Circle and Jayadeva flyovers have been issued and work will begin in January. This will also include major resurfacing, painting, expansion joint repair and asphalting. Project approval for National College, Lingarajapuram, Banaswadi, Anand Rao Circle, Mathikere and Domlur flyovers is awaited.”

    “This is for the first time that we are doing flyover maintenance work and after 15 years of their construction. It was not done earlier because we did not feel the necessity,” he added.

    Traffic to be affected

    The maintenance and repair work will result in slow moving traffic and road diversions in most parts of the City.

    According to Indian Road Congress Rules and Department of Transportation, United Kingdom Rules, all flyovers, bridges, underpasses and grade separators require regular inspection every five years. And based on the inspection report, regular maintenance is mandatory. Inspection should be conducted by experts and special engineering maintenance sections in each department. But BBMP and BDA do not have such sections.

    Flyovers were inspected only in July this year by consultants and engineers who built them by involving the BBMP and the BDA. “We visited many flyovers, but the main focus was Central Silk Board and Richmond Circle flyovers because they need immediate attention. The report detailing problems and solutions was submitted to the government officials,” said a City-based consultant, who works with BBMP and BDA.

    Maintenance works at Sirsi Circle flyover was completed only recently. This work was undertaken 16 years after its construction and the BBMP, with the help of consultants and engineers, took two years to complete it. This was undertaken because traffic movement had begun to get severely affected due to faults at joints.

    BDA too chips in

    BDA engineer member P N Nayak said that they had also begun the inspection and maintenance of flyovers and grade separators. “It has been brought to our notice that one of the loops of the Domlur flyover has problems and we have decided to do immediately repair it at the cost of Rs 1.2 lakh,” he said.

    “All the BDA-built flyovers have been handed over to BBMP and it is their responsibility to maintain them. But looking at the urgency here, we have decided to undertake the work and issuing of work orders are underway.

    Reports of problems of water seeping in at Nayanadahalli grade separator and minor errors at the West of Chord Road underpass have been handed over to us and work will begin soon. We are also checking the bearings and expansion joints of BEL Circle flyover and underpasses at ORR Junctions,” Nayak added.

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  • Not Metro, extend local train service demand IT professionals

    Bengaluru: Frustrated by Bengaluru's traffic, the IT professionals are demanding local train service to be extended instead of metro.

    Speaking to sources one of the IT professionals from the capital city,  said that Bengaluru is the only city which does not have a dedicated suburban train system. So there is a need to implement it at the earliest as the traffic is increasing daily and commuting has become a real pain in the last few months.

    "Being a woman I face many problems. I commute by bus. If I leave office at 6 PM, I reach home around 9:30 PM. I don't think it's safe after 9 PM. If I take a train, I will reach home by 7 PM. There is a two-and-a-half hour gap ", another IT professional said.

    With work for the new metro line set to begin soon, techies fear that this will only worsen the traffic. Whitefield which houses over a hundred IT firms and MNCs has seen traffic increase by at least 40 per cent in the last two years.

    Working professionals in Bengaluru say that the existing railway lines in the city have been one of the most under-utilised lines as compared to other metros. They suggested that only increasing the frequency of trains in these lines will bring some immediate relief to the rising traffic problems.

    Though the Karnataka government had proposed introducing a suburban rail service in the city, the files are only gathering dust as the project is yet to take off. Residents have now filed a petition with the Union Railway Minister asking for train line to be extended from Ramanagara district all the way to Whitefield.

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  • Jurisdictional Police failed to act swiftly, says CID report

    Bengaluru: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which are probing the alleged Police lapses in preventing the attack on Director General of Administrative Training Institute (ATI) Rashmi V submitted the interim report to the government, recently

    Rashmi, was assaulted in Mysuru, on October 15 at the ATI premises where she had gone to pay her last respect to ATI Mess Manager Venkatesh, whose body was found floating in the sump at ATI premises.


    The report stated that negligence on the part of the jurisdictional officers, Police Inspector and downwards, had led to the commotion.

    However, the CID, in its interim report submitted to the government, is silent on the allegations made by Rashmi who had alleged the attack on her, carried out at the behest of Additional-Director General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad, husband of the former Director-General of ATI, Amita Prasad, against whom she had submitted a report to the government.

    The inquiry was handed over to CID, which claimed negligence on the part of the Police during the assault on Rashmi.

    It was also found during the inquiry that procedures were followed by the local Police in the discharge of their duties with respect to a case of unnatural death according to the guidelines in the Police manual.

    DGP (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna said that an interim report submitted to the government stated that lower rung officials from the jurisdictional Police Station have failed to act swiftly to handle the law and order situation.

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  • Karnataka bans Uber taxis after woman passenger raped in Delhi

    Bengaluru: Karnataka on Wednesday announced that it would comply with the Central advisory to ban web-based taxi services after a woman passenger was raped by an Uber cab driver in New Delhi recently.

    Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, speaking to sources on Wednesday said: “We received a fax in the afternoon from the Centre asking us to ban Uber services if it is not registered with the State government. From Thursday we will be banning the services if it is not registered.”


    No extension of time will be given to Uber services for registering with the State government, the minister added. The Home Ministry has advised the state governments and Union territories to ensure that operations of web-based taxi services are stopped and such service providers which are not licensed are prohibited to operate till they get themselves registered.

    Reddy, however, said prohibiting web-based taxi services is not the solution to problems related to sexual assault against women. “Also, the decision to ban the service will not stand legal scrutiny. We will inform the Centre about it,” he told sources.

    Reddy said the State government will tighten the rules to operate taxies. The transport and home departments have made it mandatory for all taxi operators to obtain permissions by registering their services. About two dozen conditions have been laid down by the department to issue a permit, including police verification of the driver, Reddy added.

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  • New Delhi : SC issues interim stay on Made Snana in Kukke Subrahmanya temple.

    New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday Dec 12 issued an interim stay on the judgement of High Court permitting controversial practice of ‘Made Snana’ in Kukke Subrahmanya temple.

     

     

    The Karnataka High Court on November 19 had allowed continuation of Made Snana at Kukke Temple till the court decided the constitutional validity of the practice.

    Aadivasi Budakattu Hitarakshana Samiti had approached the Supreme Court against the high court order.

     

    Hearing the petition Supreme Court Judge Madan Lokur issued interim stay on the practice stating that the legal authority cannot permit 500- year-old blind belief, which is being practiced in the region which gives way for ‘pankthi bedha’ (caste discrimination while serving food).

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  • Mangaluru to get court information kiosks at Dist.Court premises

    Mangaluru: Technology is slowly but surely coming Mangaloreans way.  Principal District and Sessions Judge Uma  M. G has said two touch screen information kiosks will be provided at the District Court premises for the benefit of Litigants. The Kiosk will provide to litigants information on the status of the case.

    Advocates and litigants can see the complete details of the case including the next date of hearing on the kiosk. The orders are available on the district court portal link of the Karnataka High Court (karnatakajudiciary.kar.nic) . Orders of nine courts from Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia,  and Belthangady are already available on the district court portal link.  Udupi court decisions are already available online.

    All the  160 court staff, except the attainders have been trained to use the software for uploading information for the last one month

    The networking of the computers is likely to be completed soon and the service is likely to be launched in early January.


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  • Mangaluru: Swami Rajashekarananda and 2000 others booked in Ulaibettu Protest case

    Mangaluru: The Swamiji along with 100 others were booked for protesting against the assault on the devotees of Dutta Pita on December 5, at Ulaibettu.  Sources said, Swamiji of Gurpur Vajradehi Math Rajashekarananda, Satyajit, Jitendra Kottari, Rajesh Kottari and 100 others were booked under section 153 for protesting by blocking the road on December 6, at Vamanjoor.

     On December 8, more than 2000 protesters had gathered at the Vamanjoor junction inspite of imposition of Section 144 in Ulaibettu area. When the protesters attempted to enter into the prohibited area, police were forced to resort to lathi charge to control the situation. Many people were injured in the lathi charge. Later, Rajashekarananda Swamiji addressed the protesters and told them to go home peacefully without harming anyone.

     On December 9, an FIR was registered against Swamiji of Gurpur Vajradehi Math Rajashekarananda, Satyajit, Jitendra Kottari, Rajesh Kottari, Sharan Pumpwell, Bhujang Kulal, Jagadish Shenava, Subhash Padil and 2000 others under Sections 153 and 447. ...

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  • Miscreants damage SKSSF banner in Veerakamba

    Bantwal: A complaint has been filed at the Vittal police station after miscreants allegedly damaged a banner put up by SKSSF association in Mangalpadau in Veera Kamba village.

    The complaint was filed by SKSSF member Nisar, stating that the banner of Silver jubilee grand finale convention of SKSSK to be held in Thrissur in Kerala in February was put up in Mangalapadau.


    On the same night, some miscreants allegedly tore the banner thereby trying to disturb peace in the region.

    The complainant has asked the police to take necessary action against the miscreants at the earliest.

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  • City based jeweller found dead inside car at Maryhill

    Mangaluru:  A city based jeweller has been found dead in  his  car parked  near his house at Maryhill Gurunagar on December 9, Tuesday morning. The body of Naveen Acharya  was found  in the driver’s seat of the car by his family members. The suspicion is that he might have committed suicide owing  to a financial issue.

    The deceased has also left behind a note mentioning four names and blaming them  for his  death as they  owed him Rs 13,35,000.

    According to family sources, Acharya who had left for his shop on the morning of December 8, Monday had not returned home that night. Instead his body was found in his car the next morning.

    The note left behind by him  named Narayana Bondel, Tony Contractor, Shivananda Ketli from MESCOM and Puttur Ramachandra Acharya as being responsible for his death.

    Shwetha, wife of the deceased has lodged a complaint stating that the financial problem which her husband faced might have driven him to the extreme step.

    Investigations are under progress.
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  • Teacher thrashes five year old for not telling a vegetable's name

    Mangaluru: A five year old boy was allgedly beaten up by a teacher named Latha for not knowing the name of a vegetable as per reports.

    The child is a student of Kidzee nursery school located in Attavar.

    According to reports, the incident came to light on Tuesday when the relatives of the boy found marks of injury. It is learnt that the teacher had beaten the boy for not telling the name of a vegetable when asked. She also asked other students to make fun of him.

    When the parents of the boy Rahmath and Minaz went to question Sukesh Uchil the principal of the school who is the husband of teacher, he denied any such incident.

    However a case has been registered at a nearby police station.



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  • Udupi: North-East State Artistes Enthrall City Audience with Traditional Tribal Dance

    Udupi: Dancing to the finest traditional tunes composed by the tribal community, the cultural extravaganza held at Ravindra Mantapa, MGM College redefined the rich cultural heritage of India here, on December 10.
     
    Indira Gandhi Rasthriya Manava Sangralaya in association with Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi organized 'Hemothsav', an exhibition of art, craft and products prepared by the tribal community settled in different parts of India. As part of the exhibition, 8 teams of different tribal communities presented their dance forms on Wednesday.\

    The Charo dance form of Mizoram is part of their marriage, Tiwa of Assam, Punkolan of Manipur has divine importance. The Ranchdri dance form of Assam, Hojagiri of Tripura, Boji of Arunachal Pradesh, and Vangala of Gero tribals of Meghalaya entertained the audience.
     
    The programme was inaugurated by Dr Derick, Vice-Chancellor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

    Dr Putti Vasanth Kumar compered the programme. Dr R N Nayal, Rakesh Bhat, Ashokvardhan, Dr Herinje Krishna Bhat and others were present.


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  • Udupi: Being Rebellious is the Prime Factor affecting Teenage - Dr P V Bhandary

    Udupi: 'Where Am I Heading', a critical review in my lifestyle a campaign to educate youth on addictions organised by Students Islamic Organization of India was inaugurated by Jayaprakash Hegde, Former MP Udupi-Chikkamagaluru LS Constituency at Hotel Durga International here on December 10.
     
    In his introductory remarks Yaseen Kodibengre, president of the Hoode unit of the organisation, said that youth have become addicted to alcohol, smoking and drugs and some have been even caught misusing the social media.

    The aim of the campaign is to encourage them to take to de-addiction and channelize their energies for social welfare and positive activities. “We will arrange for free counselling for those youth who are addicted,” he said. As part of its campaign, the organisation will conduct public programmes, campus lectures, street plays, interact with students, walkathon and cycle rally to focus on the central theme of the campaign.

    Being rebellious is the prime factor affecting teen age said Dr P V Bhandary. Peer pressure, pressure to perform, pressure to confirm and pressure to reform, modelling and experimentation are the common factors which lead to addictions if not one is not careful and takes life at task. The youth need to be educated by holding awareness programmes, analyzing sessions and action oriented campaigns. The mass campaigns prove well in educating the youth to be careful as addictions have ruined young lives. Pornography seems to be more dangerous than any other addictions as it kills the imitative of living a peaceful life. The youth should dream, be disciplined, determined, dedicated and also be intervened by divinity, he added.
     
    Idrees Hoode delivered the concluding remarks. Zakariya, District Coordinator SIO delivered the vote of thanks.


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