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  • PM Modi flying back after successful Japan visit

    Tokyo, Sep 03, 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 3, left for home after concluding his successful visit during which Japan promised to give USD 35 billion to India over the next 5 years for developmental projects. The two countries also decided to enhance cooperation in defence and other strategic areas and also signed five pacts covering defence exchanges, cooperation in clean energy, roads and highways, healthcare and women while vowing to take their relationship to newer level. Japan also lifted ban on six Indian entities including Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which had been imposed in the aftermath of 1998 nuclear tests. During the five-day visit, his first outside the subcontinent since becoming PM in May, Modi invited Japanese investments while hard-selling India as a conducive destination for business particularly for the manufacturing sector. He told the Japanese businessmen that India was awaiting the investments with a ’red carpet’ and not ’red tape’ as rules and procedures have been eased by his government. Winding up his official programme on Tuesday, Modi had expressed gratitude to Japan for reposing "trust" in India and demonstrating its friendship with a quip "yeh fevicol se be zyada mazboot jod hai (this bond is stronger than that of fevicol)". "This visit has been very successful," Modi had said at the Indian community reception hosted in his honour here earlier. "There has been talk about billions and millions. But there has never been talk of trillions," he said, referring to 3.5 trillion Yen (USD 35 billion or 2,10,000 crore) promised by Japan to India through public and private funding over the five years for various works, including building of smart cities and cleanup of the Ganga river. During the talks between Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, the two sides agreed to enhance their defence and strategic cooperation to a new level and also decided to speed up negotiations on civil nuclear deal that could not be concluded now. Striking good personal chemistry, the two leaders had "very fruitful" exchanges. Abe also went out of his way to receive Modi in Kyoto when he went there on August 30 in the first leg of his 5-day tour. In Kyoto, a pact was signed under which Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi would be developed on the pattern of Kyoto ’smart city’ with the help of Japan. Abe also announced that as an example of Indo-Japan Cooperation, Tokyo will help India in providing financial, technical and operational support to introduce Bullet trains, a project that Modi has been actively pursuing. "This is not just raising the relationship from one category to another... Our relationship is not only regional in its framework, but will have a global impact," Modi, who concluded his five-day visit to Japan, said. Japan India future shines bright. ...

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  • Motorists violating traffic laws to be modified

    New Delhi: Motorists violating traffic laws should be prepared to face stricter punishment as the old Motor Vehicles Act is set to be replaced by a new Road Traffic Act in the upcoming winter session of Parliament, said Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. On Monday September 1, addressing the reporters Gadkari said that the new draft law will, to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament, will be at par with international Acts in the road sector. The Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 has outlived its utility and a holistic law is needed in the fast changing traffic scenario, Gadkari told a workshop on road safety in the national Capital. The existing Act was not totally relevant in the current scenario and is in need of a complete overhaul, he said. "The draft of the proposed act is already in its final stage and it will have features of the best practices of developed countries like the US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK," he said. ...

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  • Army finds underground tunnel in Kashmir

    Jammu: The Indian Army Tuesday unearthed an unfinished underground tunnel across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir that was meant to push terrorists into India. The discovery was made in Akhnoor sector, a military spokesman told IANS. The spokesman said here: "Having failed to infiltrate terrorists across Jammu division, there was an attempt to construct a tunnel across the LoC." "Alert soldiers in Akhnoor thwarted the nefarious designs of the terrorists by discovering the tunnel before it could be completed," said the official. The Border Security Force (BSF) had discovered a similar underground tunnel on the international border in Jammu district last month. The army guards the LoC while the BSF is deployed along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. ...

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  • PM Narendra Modi beats the drum for Indian business in Japan

    Tokyo, Sep 02, 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday turned into a drummer, a day after signing a number of deals with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The PM amazed everyone when he played traditional Taiko drums with great vigour. Modi’s performance came at the launch of Tata Consultancy Services’s Technology and Cultural Academy. After concluding his opening remarks, TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran invited the PM to play a note on the drums after the professional drummers had finished. The two drummers played their number and then the PM played the drums at a fast beat. After flagging off the first batch of students who will be going to India for training with TCS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked IT experts to step out of their rooms and travel across India to enhance their learning. "You will learn as much outside your rooms as you will learn inside them." "I have a suggestion also - if you stay in India do not remain in TCS rooms daily. Take time out and travel across India," said a PMO tweet citing Modi whose Japan sojourn entered its fourth day on Tuesday. He added: "I can tell you that even if you stay for six months and want to enjoy a new dish daily, you will not have to repeat a dish". He further underlined that 21st century is the century of knowledge and the country with "knowledge and information will lead the world". "...the one who has knowledge and information will lead the world than those who have wealth and arms," the Prime Minister said. He also referred to India’s ‘knowledge’ heritage and leadership of the world in the past, through institutions such as Taxila and Nalanda. He hoped the students would come back with fond memories and become Ambassadors of India. Earlier in the day, the PM addressed students at the Sacred Hearts University here and met leaders from across the political spectrum of Japan. Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda, New Komeito president Natsuo Yamaguchi, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki ?mura called on the PM. Modi also met the head of Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation and said: “Service to people is service of God. Please continue your service.” Later in the day, Modi will call on Japanese Emperor Akihito and deliver the keynote address at a business seminar. ...

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  • We ensured transparency in environment clearances: Javadekar

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that his ministry has ensured greater transparency by initiating online submission of applications for environment and forest clearances. Speaking on his government's initiatives in checking pollution, Javadekar added his ministry has upgraded pollution norms for the cement industry. "We have also introduced system of online monitoring of discharge from polluting industries in Ganga," Javadekar said at a press conference on initiatives of ministry of environment, forest and climate change in the past three months here. He added that his ministry has allotted Rs.100 crore for a National Adaptation Plan. ...

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  • In a surprise move, Shekar Gupta’s role at India Today group downgraded

    New Delhi :Shekar Gupta, the journalistic face of the Indian Express for 19 years, , in a much heralded move, rejoined his patron, The India Today Group. When Shekhar Gupta left The Indian Express after 19 years to join the India Today Group, expectations were extremely high given his standing in the journalistic community. It was a homecoming of sorts for Gupta, who worked for the magazine previously between 1983 and 1995, but this time he would be playing a much bigger role in the company, that of Vice Chairman and Editor in Chief of the group. This position was changed to “Editorial Adviser” two months after he joined. In a memo to the group on Monday, founder-chairman Aroon Purie announced that Gupta will no longer be Editor-in-Chief – a position he held for just two months – and instead will take the position of Editorial Advisor. "Shekhar has spent the last two months getting to know the organization, and we him. After much thought and discussion, we have decided to restructure our arrangement to our mutual benefit,” Purie wrote in his email. “From today, I will resume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief and he will be Editorial Advisor to the India Today Group even as he pursues his creative and entrepreneurial interests,” Gupta’s column, National Interest, will continue to be published in India Today, but he will no longer have a hand in the management of the rest of the group. Purie insisted that Shekhar, “a dear personal friend”, would continue to support what he called the India Today Revamp Project, and said that Gupta will continue to attend weekly news meetings, but he will no longer be steering the ship. As Vice-Chairman of the India Today Group, Gupta was expected to reinvigorate the flagship magazine as well as usher in changes across the group’s other properties, including Mail Today and Headlines Today. The founder-publisher of the group, Aroon Purie, even sent out an introduction email to everyone in India Today saying Gupta would be Editor-in-Chief of all news properties from July 1. “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Shekhar Gupta as Vice Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of all news properties of the India Today Group. It includes all our news and business publications, news TV brands and all related news and business digital brands,” Purie wrote then. “In his new role, Shekhar has promised to liberate me from day-to-day operations so that I can work to guiding the group into a future of great promise, growth and excitement.” Gupta sought to bring rapid change to a group that was incremental in its approach and had many entrenched performers. He hired a number of his old reporters from the Indian Express, as well as others. Many of the new hires were unsure of the future and did not join. They were the wise ones. The payroll went up. There were rumors too that Gupta was planning to start a new broadsheet newspaper that wouldn't entirely be owned by the India Today Group. His decision to step back from the Vice-Chairmanship and the Editor-in-Chief position allows him to now pursue other plans, which Purie expressly mentions in his memo to the group, saying, "He will be Editorial Advisor to the India Today Group even as he pursues his creative and entrepreneurial interests." ...

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  • Body bizarre: Meet the man born with his head Upside-Down

    Brazil, Sep 02, 2014: A man born with physical disabilities so severe his head is Upside-Down has defied the odds to become an inspirational public speaker. Claudio Vieira de Oliveira, 37, was born with his neck is folded back on itself, as well as badly deformed legs and almost no use of his arms and hands. Doctors told his mother to stop feeding him as a newborn as they believed he had no chance of survival. But Claudio from Monte Santo, Brazil, has overcome his extreme disadvantages to graduate as an accountant and become a public speaker.

    Claudio said: "Since I was a child I’ve always liked to keep myself busy and work - I don’t like to depend totally on other people. "I do a bit of accounting, research for clients and consulting. "I have learned to turn on the TV, pick up my cell phone, turn on the radio, use the internet, my computer - I do it all by myself."

    Claudio types with a pen held in his mouth, operates phones and a computer mouse with his lips and has specially made shoes that allow him to move around town. His determined independence saw him succeeding at school and qualifying as an accountant from the State University of Feira de Santana.

    When Claudio was born, doctors told his mother Maria Jose he would not be able to survive. Maria Jose said: "People started saying ’the baby is going to die’ because he could barely breathe when he was born.

    "Some people would say: ’Don’t feed him, he is already dying’. "But there’s only happiness now. Claudio is just like any other person - that’s how he was raised in this house. "We never tried to fix him and always wanted him to do the normal things everyone else does.

    "That’s why he is so confident. He is not ashamed of walking around in the street - he sings and he dances." At eight years old, Claudio, who had previously been carried everywhere, began to walk on his knees. His family had to change the floor of the house so he could walk around without injuring himself.

    Claudio’s bed, plugs and lights had to be made lower so that he could do things for himself without asking for help. He cannot use a wheelchair because of his unusual shape, making it hard for him to be independent outside the home - but he begged his mother to be allowed to go to school and learn with the other children. Doctors have recently diagnosed him with a rare condition called congenital arthrogryposis. They believe he has multiple joint contractions in his legs and arms which mean they cannot extend properly. Claudio said: "Throughout my life I was able to adapt my body to the world. Right now, I don’t see myself as being different. I am a normal person. "I don’t see things upside-down. This is one of the things I always talk about in my interventions as a public speaker. "Nowadays it’s much easier to deal with the public, I’m not afraid of it anymore and I can say that I am a professional, international public speaker and that I receive invitations from all over the world." ...

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  • New anti-terror measures to be introduced in Britain: Cameron

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday said his country will introduce a slew of measures to prevent terror suspects from travelling abroad, imposing tougher constraints on suspected extremists in the country. "To confront the threat of Islamist extremism, we need a tough, intelligent, patient and comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at source," Xinhua quoted Cameron as saying in his address in the British Parliament. Commenting on the terrorist threat facing Britain, Cameron he said: "We have all been shocked and sickened by the barbarism that has been witnessed in Iraq this summer," including the beheading of American journalist James Foley with the voice of what seems to be a British terrorist" recorded in a video. The prime minister announced that Britain need to strengthen powers in two key areas to fill specific gaps in its anti-terror armory by "preventing suspects from travelling and dealing decisively with those already here who pose a risk". "We will introduce specific and targeted legislation providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border, during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned," he said, stressing that "passports are not an automatic right". He said the Britain has already had powers to deprive dual nationals of their citizenship to stop the fighters returning and bar foreign nationals on the basis of the threat they pose. "We will introduce new powers to add to our existing terrorism prevention and investigation measures, including stronger locational constraints on suspects under TPIMs (Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures)," he said. Britain has also stepped up its operational response, with a fivefold increase in Syria-related arrests and the removal of 28,000 pieces of "extremist material" from the internet this year alone, including 46 IS related videos, according to his oral statement. British Home Office Friday announced to upgrade the country's threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe. The change meant that a terrorist attack is "highly likely", although there is no intelligence to suggest that one is imminent, according to the Home Office. Britain will host this year's NATO summit in Wales Thursday and Friday, with nearly 60 world leaders, 70 foreign ministers, 70 defence ministers and 28 NATO member countries invited. ...

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  • Rebels, Syrian forces clash near Golan Heights

    Cairo: Islamic rebels clashed with the Syrian forces near Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The observatory, in a statement, said that fighting continued throughout the day between Syrian army units and insurgents including the Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, in the province of Quneitra. Fierce battles were reported from a border post on the edge of the Golan, while Syrian warplanes bombed the already demolished city of al-Quneitra. Al Nusra Front fighters and their allies attacked Syrian troops in the area and there were reports of casualties on both sides, the observatory said. The army continues its operations in the mainly rural, western province of Daraa, especially between Daraa and al-Yadouda, where Syrian troops regained control of the supply route used by the "terrorists" from Jordan to Quneitra, the observatory added. ...

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  • 'Legalize prostitution' says poet Nisar Ahmed, Pramod Muthalik supports

    Bangalore :Celebrated poet K.S. Nissar Ahmed recently opined that in order to prevent the rising incidents of sexual atrocities on women, prostitution should be legalised. He said that the government should take a decision on the matter after a detailed study and discussion. “You cannot say that there is no prostitution in Karnataka. Like in other cities, prostitution is taking place in Karnataka’s cities too. Hence, the sex-workers must be given a secluded place to carry out their trade. By this, not only the illegal practice will be checked, sexual atrocities on women will also be reduced,” said Nissar Ahmed, who is best known for his song ‘Nityotsava,’ apart from ‘Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu’ and other literary works. Meanwhile, Roshan Baig, the Minister for Infrastructure Development, Information and Wakf, has mildly retorted to the poet’s opinion that prostitution cannot be legalised in Karnataka. “Of course, prostitution is legalised in Malaysia, Thailand and some other countries. But, the sex-workers there have medical check-ups regularly, thus preventing killer diseases like AIDS. But, we in India are still a conservative lot. Hence, it will lead to negative repercussions if prostitution is legalised,” he said. Both Nissar Ahmed and Roshan Baig expressed their views while participating in the inaugural ceremony of a photography exhibition here on Sunday. Surprisingly, Pramod Muthalik, Chief of Sri Ram Sene, has endorsed the poet’s opinion. Speaking to presspersons here yesterday, Muthalik said that though the Hindu culture may not agree with Ahmed, due to rising incidences of sexual atrocities on women, legalisation of prostitution could be deliberated upon. ...

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  • ’Incredible to see Bolt in the City’

    Bangalore, Sep 03, 2014: All who know of Usain Bolt, is his automatic fan; one of them being Indian track and field legend Kenneth Powell. Known for his style and grace during his heyday, the Gentleman Sprinter chose to pay the Chinnaswamy Stadium a visit to catch a glimpse of the reigning superstar of world athletics. “It is really awesome to see someone of Bolt’s stature coming to India, especially to Bangalore,” said the 74-year-old. “This year has been great for Bangalore. We had the track and field legend Carl Lewis visiting us in May and now Bolt. This is really great. “Before these two, we had Linford Christie and Maurice Greene. What more can athletics fans ask for. I really enjoyed Lewis’ visit though because he was in the City for a few days and I had a chance to meet him. He was my favourite athlete and it was great moment. Linford, despite his stature, bowed to me after someone informed him about me.” When asked what question he would have posed to Bolt had he be given a chance, Powell said he wanted to know if Tyson Gay motivated the Jamaican to reach such dizzy heights. “Before Bolt, Gay was the world champion. He was really quick. I wanted to ask if Gay made him reach another level because strong rivalry is what brings the best out of champions. ” Due to paucity of time and add fun to his lighteningquick visit, Bolt’s involvement in Bangalore was limited to the cricket field and spinning tracks at a club. Powell felt it would have been great had the Jamaican ran a race. “It’s nice to see him play cricket and enjoy himself. The fans had a nice time. But it would have been great had he ran a race on an athletics track.” Bangalore’s two other former champions, Ashwini Nachappa and Reeth Abraham, were part of the Bolt programme earlier in the day, and they too expressed similar sentiments. Usain Bolt is not just the world’s fastest man, but he is capable of producing rib-tickling fun too. Sample these: * Which cricketer would you fancy in a 100M sprint? Definitely not Chris Gayle. I would go for AB de Villiers. *What target would you set for Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh on track to compete with him? Would give them 14.5 seconds to get past the 100-metre finishing line ...that should be funny. * Will you take up a career in acting after athletics? Idont think I am a very good actor. I dont know may be or may be not because all my life I just lived for sports ...But you never know what future holds. * Would you prefer to race a cheetah or a fast car? Cheetah would be cool. It would make for a great headline — Usain Bolt beats cheetah. * What are your other interests? Ilove music. I visit clubs and there, I started DJing, and that is fun too. I enjoy dancing and while there is room for improvement, I am good at it. * Would you like to run a 400M race with David Rudisha: Iam not a great fan of 400M. At the start of a season my coach has made me run 400s. An exhibition race could always be on. If I am in good shape and if he is in good shape, why not? It will be good fun. My 100 metres record looks pretty much out of reach now’ : BANGALORE: Five years ago, Usain Bolt raised the bar in men’s sprints to a level that has remained unattainable since. Gold and more gold have followed the giant Jamaican during the period in which he has become a truly global star. In Bangalore to launch a new campaign for his sponsor Puma, Bolt said his 100M record may well stay out of reach of his rivals but felt he could challenge his 200 record. Excerpts from his media interaction: * On his 100M world record of 9.58 seconds: The 100M record looks pretty much out of reach. As an athlete, I have seen records come and go. They have always been broken, but if you want to be as great as me, you have to work very hard. Thats why my records will stand for a while. * On which of his records could be challenged in the near future: Ithink there is room for improvement in the 200. It is very technical, but possible. I have always wanted to run a sub-19. If I keep chasing the 200 record, I am sure, it will help me in the 100 as well. On his rivals: Track and field is a weird sport. Its all about focus and mental capacity. Its hard to pick any one person, but my coach thinks Justin Gatlin is good. Then there are Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake...so many guys are coming up. But I am not going to let anybody beat me! * On choosing cricket over athletics: My father is a huge cricket fan. We had two televisions at home, and one was in my room. When there were matches in India, it used to be night time in Jamaica. So in order not to disturb my mom, he would come to my room and watch TV. That is how I got hooked onto cricket. But when I got to higher secondary, I had two options -- cricket or athletics. My dad said because of the system in Jamaica, it would be better to take up athletics. He said, you just have to run fast in athletics to get into the National team as it was an individual sport while it was tougher to get into the national cricket team. So blame it on my dad! * On his idol: (NBA player) Kevin Garnett was my idol – the person I was looking up to when I was growing up. I wanted to achieve in my field what he had in his game. * On India and athletics: It is all about what people want to watch. Here in India, people want to watch cricket more and you are a cricketing nation. When I was growing up, everybody wanted to play cricket all the time in Jamaica. Now they want to run as well. We have to make the sport attractive to the younger generation. In Jamaica, we have the Champs contest which draws huge number of children and keeps the interest alive. *On his future after the 2016 Rio Olympics: Iwill compete in one more season after the Rio Olympics. I have always said I wanted to play football. I might do that, let’s see. ...

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  • Tibetans celebrate their Democracy Day

    Dharamsala: Tibetans Tuesday celebrated their 54th 'Democracy Day' and reiterated their commitment towards the "middle-way approach" for resolving the Tibet issue with China. Asserting that the "middle-way approach" of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is the only way to resolve the issue, the cabinet of the Tibetan government-in-exile here said: "It's a win-win proposition to both sides." "We once again reiterate our firm commitment towards the middle-way approach. We have successfully completed visits by the kalons (ministers) and secretaries to Tibetan settlements to educate and raise awareness about this approach among people at grassroot level," it said in a statement. The "middle-way approach" favours "genuine autonomy" for Tibetans within the framework of the Chinese constitution and does not speak of independence. "The police brutality in Karze (last month) is only a fragment of the repression imposed on the people of Tibet. To express their outright rejection of such repressive policies, 130 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in an attempt to draw attention of the international community on their suffering," the cabinet said. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), based in Dharamsala, has dedicated 2014 as the year of the 14th Dalai Lama. "We have invited the Nobel Peace laureates to Dharamsala to observe the 25th anniversary of conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on him (the Dalai Lama). The event will be held Oct 2, the day on which champion of peace and Father of the Indian nation Mahatma Gandhi was born," it said. The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. ...

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  • City students suffers Rs 45000 loss in online scam

    Mysore: A student, hailing from K.R. Pet in Mandya District, who chooses to remain anonymous, has said that he got an e-mail in the name of Reserve Bank of India that he had won Rs. 4.98 crore as prize from a UK based company asking him to provide details of his bank account and identity for credit of the same. The ambitious student, next day, got a call from 83750-25196, said to have originated from Uttar Pradesh in which the person at the other end asked the student to remit Rs. 50,000 as tax to Account number 20164173024 held by one Sunil Paul and the student told the person at the other end that he would remit Rs. 21,000 as he could not afford to credit Rs. 50,000 to which the caller agreed asking the student to credit it the next day. As agreed, the student took Rs. 21,000 from his father and credited the same which was duly acknowledged by the caller who asked the student to open a Facebook account with a given secret code. Next day, the student got another call asking him to arrange for Rs. 50,000 as expenses to complete legal formalities to which the student responded by crediting another Rs. 15,000 and got a certificate for the same with the seal of the Reserve Bank of India (needless to say fake). The student is also learnt to have credited another Rs.9,000 in two instalments of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 4,000 each to the caller’s account. The student, who grew suspicious over repeated requests for money brought the same to the notice of journalists who contacted State Bank of India only to realise that the student had been taken for ride at a cost of Rs. 45,000. ...

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  • Bangalore: Medical report of Rape case out, police teams to arrest Karthik Gowda

    Bangalore, Sep 2, 2014: Two special police teams have been formed for the arrest of Karthik Gowda, son of union minister, D V Sadananda Gowda, it is gathered. These teams were formed by police personnel attached to R T Nagar station here, as Karthik Gowda continued to ignore notices served on him twice to appear before the police to face investigation relating to complaint filed by cine actress, Mythriya Gowda. One of these teams will leave for Madikeri, and the other for Mangalore, to search for Karthik, it is said. Mythriya had claimed that Karthik had married her in his house in Mangalore, after which he developed physical relationship with her. She claims that Karthik has been preparing to marry another girl, although he is already a married man. The actress was subjected to medical examination relating to her complaint. It is learnt that the investigating officers have received the medical examination report on Mythriya. The report has confirmed that the actress had developed physical relationship two months back, and that Mythriya suffers from physical exhaustion. It adds that there is no evidence of forcible sex and that the physical relationship was with mutual consent. It is however, gathered that the report could not throw light on the identity of the person with whom the actress had sex. In the meanwhile, Karthik, who has dodged police inquiry so far, has moved an application for anticipatory bail. Hearing of his petition is yet to be heard by the court. ...

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  • No kannada on KPL flexes: Pro-Kannada activists protest

    Mysore : Pro-Kannada associations protested against the English only flexes put up at the Glades Gangotri Cricket Ground of the Mysore University campus here.





    Pro Kannada activists said that "In the stadium there are no flexes in kannada, everything is in english. Though the match is played in memory of Wodeyar, its an insult to kannada. Even in tickets, kannada is not used" The KPL T-20 has been organised in memory of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar. But only hindi and english language is used in the flexes put up for the tourney. So the protest was carried by Praveen Kumar and other pro-kannada activists near the 6th gate. ...

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  • President Pranab Mukherjee confers Arjuna Award to Mamata Poojary

    New Delhi, Sep. 2, 2014: President Pranab Mukherjee today conferred the National Sports Awards at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of National Sports Day on Friday, August 29. Captain of Indian Kabaddi team Mamata Poojary of Karkala who brought Gold medal to India in the World Cup in 2012 is one among the 15 Arjuna Awardees. Mamata is the proud daughter of Boja Poojary and Kitti Poojary from Hermunde in Karkala Taluk of Udipi district. Mastering the rural sport Kabaddi in the very young age Mamata showed her talent at zone, taluk, district, state and national level. As a result of this she was selected for the national Kabaddi team. Mamtha has had to travel the rough road, literally, to where she is now. “I actually started off as a volleyballer and switched to kabaddi by circumstance my school team were short of one player and drafted me in when I was in 12th standard… I must’ve been 16 then,” she recalls. Looking back, she is thrilled with her decision. “Earlier, there were no takers. Now everybody wants to play kabaddi, especially after the Pro Kabaddi League (an IPL-style tourney in which big wigs such as Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan own teams),” she laughs. “I shall ever remain thankful to this sport, which has provided me my livelihood.” Amidst the jubilation, a modest Mamtha does not forget those who helped her make it. “My parents are from an agricultural background but have supported me immensely. After I got married (to software engineer Abhishek Kotyan last year) my husband as well as my in-laws are a source of strength and encourage me to pursue my sporting career. I would also like to thank all those who have helped me emerge as a better player,” she says. The performance of sportspersons for the four-year period from 2010 to 2013 has been considered for the recommendation of Arjuna awards. “The Arjuna award is such a huge honour. I just can’t describe how I am feeling right now,” she said. “I have won the World Cup as well as the Asian Games gold. But this is something that will stay with me. For the rest of my life I would be called an Arjuna awardee and that is truly exciting. I feel so complete.” ...

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  • Kiccha Sudeep Celebrates his 41th Birthday

    Bangalore: The Kannada and South Indian superstar Kichcha Sudeep's celebrated his birthday, on Tuesday September 2.







    As the Abhinaya Chakravarthy turned 41, fans thronged to his residence in JP Nagar, where they wanted to see their favourite actor in person and wish him by presenting them with garlands and cakes that they had specially got done for this joyous occasion. Sudeep's house had a double barricade protection with traffic cops ensuring that there was no traffic chaos because of the fans congregating outside his house. Sudeep has been busy with the Karnataka Premier League matches lately, where his team Rockstars has been playing professional cricketers from the state. While the actor was in Mysore on Monday, where his team was playing the KPL ,Sudeep reached the city to meet his fans and friends who wanted him to be present on this special day of his life. The actor is expected to fly out to Lonavla next for his Bigg Boss Kannada shoot. ...

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  • BJP-RSS shutdown hits life in Kerala

    Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 2, 2014: The shutdown called by the BJP and RSS in Kerala Tuesday to protest against the killing of a RSS worker in Kannur affected normal life as vehicles stayed off the roads. Barring two-wheelers and a few private vehicles, government and private buses did not venture out fearing attacks by protestors. A few transport buses were stoned by the protestors at some places, forcing the bus operators to call off the service. Those who arrived at railway stations in the state found themselves stranded as they could not get any public vehicles. A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was killed Monday in Kannur. The shutdown has been called to protest against the incident. ...

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  • Bhatkal : Missing Kumta boy found in Mumbai

    Bhatkal, Sep 3 : A 15-year-old boy, who had gone "missing" from Kumta a month ago, was traced in Mumbai on Tuesday, where he had come on his own accord to fulfil his dream of visiting the metropolis once in his life, police said. According to joint commissioner of police, crime, Sadanand Date, the boy, Navratna, son of 31-year old Poonamchand Sharma, a resident of Kumta in north Karnataka, had left his house in order to deposit Rs12,000 on August 5, but did not return home. His mobile phone too was constantly switched off. "Since Navratna could not be traced, a kidnapping complaint was lodged with local police in Kumta. Initially, information received was that Navratna was spotted in Nagpada area of Mumbai. We later learned that he was with one Pankaj Chauhan, 35, a businessman from Parel area," said deputy commissioner, Dhananjay Kulkarni. "After interrogating Chauhan, it was revealed that he had found Navratna near Dadar railway station a few days ago. Since Navratna could not give any details about his family, Chauhan started taking care of him, fearing that he would fall in the hands of anti-social elements," said senior inspector Arvind Sawant. As per the police, Navratna's fascination with Mumbai was such that he fled home to visit the city. "Navratna has been safely reunited with his family," informed inspector A Dharmadhikari. ...

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  • Illegal quarry near Belthangady school

    Uppinangady, Sep 03, 2014: Even as the district administration and government are initiating action against illegal quarry units, an illegal laterite stone quarrying is being carried out on the periphery of a school premises at Thurkalike in Belthangady taluk. The quarry is adjacent to the compoud wall of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Government Higher Primary School. Quarry pits have been dug all over, posing threat to the lives of the children who study in the school as well as residents of the area. The laterite stone quarry is on survey number 28/1 p1 in Karaya village of Thanneerupanta gram panchayat and spreads over 1 acre land. The villagers say that the land was earmarked for the construction of house for poor who do not have a roof over their head. However, the reserved land is used illegally for extracting laterite stones. Large noisy machinery are used in the quarry site to cut stones, said sources. Parents of the children who study in the school complained of noise pollution at the site. The noise pollution has been affecting the learning of the students. As the laterite stones are extracted, lorries and pick up vehicles visit the site to transport it. The continous movement of vehicles have also been creating noise pollution and dust. The villagers allege that illegal huts have come up on the periphery of the land to store equipment and park vehicles and the gram panchayat authorities are hand in glove with the illegal quarry unit owners, which has also caused illegal movement of uncontrolled elements in the area. Inspite of illegal quarry unit operating in the gram panchayat land, the authorities have claiming that there was no quarry and the land is being levelled to construct houses for the poor. The GP had resolved to give permission to one Adam to level the land. However, in the name of levelling the land, laterite is being extracted illegally, said villagers in a complaint to Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim. The villagers have urged the district administration to initiate action against illegal quarry before any mishap occurs in the site. When contacted, Gram Panchayat PDO Shekar said that the land is being levelled to convert it into sites. When asked on permit for quarry, he said that the gram panchayat has not issued any permit. The matter is being covered up extensively. ...

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  • City to get a new Solid waste management system from December

    Mangalore: Solid waste management in Mangalore city is in for an overhaul, as a Mumbai-based company is all set to take up door-to-door collection of garbage and look after transportation, street sweeping, divider cleaning, vegetation cutting and other sanitation work from come december, for seven years. In a recent meeting held at the Mangalore City Corporation between the Mayor Mahabala Marla and Jose Jacob, managing director of Antony Waste Handling Cell Private Limited along with the Commissioner in-charge Gokul Das Nayak, Health Officer Dr Manjaiah Shetty and senior corporators from Mangalore City Corporation Haridas Salian and Jason Paul the agreement was signed and exchanged. More than one-and-half years after the State government selected Antony Waste Handling Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, for this job, the city corporation and the company signed the agreement. With the initiation. the city will put an end to the system of awarding solid waste management contracts to multiple contractors. Now, nine contractors have been entrusted with sanitary works under nine packages. Of this, one contractor only transports garbage collected from 60 wards to the corporation’s compost plant at Pachchanady. The corporation, though will be now spending more money after the company takes charge of waste management. They have justified it by saying that "better service comes at a price". In the present case the corporation spends about Rs.11 crore annually for waste management in the 60 wards, under the new system, official sources said that the Mumbai-based company – named Anthony Waste Management has quoted Rs. 7.95 crore per annum for waste management in the north zone (29 wards) and Rs. 9.67 crore per annum for the south zone (31 wards). This will be a two package system – segregation and collection and transportation to Pachanady. As per the contract, the company is required to use hydraulic vehicles for all activity, from door-to-door collection up to transportation to the compost plant. The vehicles should also be fitted with GPS equipment. Included in the contract is the maintenance of cleanliness of three beaches, which involves additional expenditure. Officials in-charge of solid waste management in the civic body have high hopes that the new system will help stabilise door-to-door collection of garbage in all wards and slowly help make Mangalore a garbage bin-free city. The new system will help the corporation to have a grip over the entire solid waste system as there will be only one contractor who would be accountable. Also read Newskartnataka.com's earlier exclusive story in this regard here: Coastal city to be the next garbage city? ...

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  • Search on for absconding cop in blak-mail case

    Udupi, Sep 03, 2014: A police constable, against whom a case of blackmailing and extortion has been registered in Udupi town police station, is at large and police are hunting for him. SP P Rajendra Prasad informed media, that the accused, Sudhir is suspended following his involvement in another crime, with the charges of IPC, 324, 504 and 506. The recent case of blackmailing and extortion was registered against him in Udupi town police station on Sept 1, by Munir Ahmed, who alleges that the suspended PC was blackmailing him with the threat of publishing the nude and obscene pictures of his daughter. The SP said Sudhir and the nephew of the complainant, Shamil, are the accused in the case. Munir Ahmed received a call from the accused Sudhir, asking him to meet him at Udupi police station. The complainant along with Shamil met the accused, who revealed him that he and the Bangalore and Delhi police have at their posession the nude pictures of his daughter. Sudhir alleged that Munir Ahmed had been running a prostitution racket and further he would publish the obscene photos of his daughter. If at all, Rs 30 lakh given to him, he would refrain from publishing the obscene pictures. The complainant said he is incapable of offering such a huge amount. The accused then pretended as making a call to someone, and finally settled the deal for Rs 25 lakh. The complainant paid the ransom in two installments on April 11 and 19 as Rs two lakh and Rs 23 lakh respectively. Once Ahmed realised that the plan was a conspiracy hatched with the help of Shamil, he threatened his nephew that he would register a case and go to media, following which, Shamil returned the amount on August 21, on the condition that the complaint should not be registered against him. But, Ahmed proceeded with the complaint and a case was registered on September 1. ...

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  • Car-bus collision; six injured

    Kasargod: Six persons were injured in a bus-car collision here at Shantipalla in Kumbla on September 2. The injured are identified as Abdul Rehman(54), mother Bi fathima(72), relatives Haris(30), Jazeera(32), Sisan(3), Safeela(4) residents of Chevar. The collision took place when they were travelling towards Badiyadka. More details are awaited. ...

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  • Corp bank launches ‘grand festival dhamaka’

    Mangalore, Sep 03, 2014: A press release informs that consequent of the ongoing festival season, Corporation Bank has come out with ‘Grand Festival Dhamaka’ scheme, an offer on home loans, vehicle loans, Doctor Plus (Finance for Medical Professionals) and Vyapar Schemes (Loan for Trade and Business). The offer is available for four months till December 2014. * For home loans, the floating rate of interest for a maximum period of 30 years for amount upto Rs 2 crore is offered at 10.25 per cent per annum and for amount of loan above Rs 2 crore, the rate offered is 10.50 per cent per annum. The processing charges are fully waived. * For vehicle loan, the rate of interest (4-wheelers) for personal use for amount upto Rs 50 lakhs is 10.65 per cent per annum and for above Rs 50 lakhs, it is 11.15 per cent upto a maximum period of seven years. Fifty per cent of the processing charges are waived. * Under the Corp Vyapar Scheme, Traders/Businessmen engaged in buying and selling of goods/commodities either on retail or wholesale business are eligible for the loans. The rate of interest for amount upto Rs 5 crore is 12.25 per cent per annum and above Rs 5 crore, it is offered at 13 per cent with waiving of 25 per cent of the total processing charges. * In Corp Doctor Plus Scheme, Doctors can obtain finance for setting up clinics/hospitals/pathology Labs and purchase of electro medical equipment. Any registered medical practitioner, dentist, physiotherapist or firm managed by Doctors can apply for the loan under the scheme. The rate of interest for amount upto Rs 5 crore is offered at 11.75 per cent per annum and above Rs 5 crore, it is 12.25 per cent per annum with a discount of half of the original processing charges, ...

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  • Tobacco sold in chewing gum: One arrested

    Kasargod: Manjeshwar Excise staff have arrested sundara (60) and seized 3,570 packs of tobacco products which were carried in a KSRTC bus from Karnataka here on September 2.

    Sundara used to mix the tobacco in chewing gum in order to sell it to children. The mixed product had "Lipi" printed on the pack. He was carrying the illegal products in four bags when he was arrested. Students were the main target of the tobacco dealer, who used to sell these products in the small shops near schools. It is learnt that he confessed to his illegal acts during investigation. After govt banned Panmasala products in Kerala, officials were checking thoroughly for such products at the check posts. It is in this context, that the excise duty officials found these products. Excise inspector Velayudhan and team carried out the inspection. ...

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  • Media pays deep tribute to veteran scribe N R Ubhaya

    Mangalore, Sep 3, 2014: The passing away of a much loved local journalist and more than that a good human has been marked at his recent passing away. Today, honouring the memory of the veteran scribe, Sri N R Ubhaya, a condolence meet was held by journalists and members of Dakshina Kannada District Working Journalists Union (DKWJU) at Mangalore Press Club, Urwa. Floral garlands were placed at the portrait of late Sri. Ubhaya, and glowing memorial tributes were paid by journalists gathered on the occasion. Senior journalist Chidambara Baikampady recounted his interactions with the much-loved and respected veteran, with deep appreciation and honour of Sri Ubhaya. Former president of Kannada Sahitya Parishad Harikrishna Punaroor, Union president P B Harish Rai, Press Club president Ramakrishna and others were present on the occasion attended by a large gathering from the Journalistic fraternity in a fitting remembrance. ...

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  • Mumbai suffers power cuts as Tata Power unit trips

    Parts of Mumbai suffered power cuts since morning after a Tata Power 500 Mw power generation unit tripped earlier today. The tripping crippled power supply in Mumbai as the licensee’s two other units generating 750 Mw were not functioning following scheduled shutdown. While Tata Power has not issued any statement so far, sources told dna the situation would take hours before the normalcy was restored. “Overall, there is a gap of 1250 Mw in the assured supply to city and suburbs that consume roughly 3200 Mw. Thus, the island city that is mainly catered by Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport undertaking, is reeling under power cuts,” sources told dna. BEST procurs its power from Tata Power as it doesn’t have its own generation units. While liance Tata Power’s installed capacity is 1877 Mw, BEST requires about 1000 Mw to supply its own consumers. Suburbs, too, suffered as Reliance Energy was forced to shut down its feeders. “The incident has triggered in rotational power cuts by Tata Power in areas such as Chembur, lSantacruz East, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Kurla, Tilaknagar, Vikhroli, Sakinaka and Juhu,” a Reliance Energy spokesperson said. Reliance Energy has its own 500 Mw generation unit while they also have power purchase agreements with Tata Power and other producers. The situation is expected to improve by 4 pm, sources told dna. ...

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  • Don't want AbRam to be part of 'circus of public life': SRK

    Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he does not want his son AbRam to be in the 'circus of public life' that he is a part of. Shah Rukh and Gauri's youngest child AbRam was born through surrogacy in May last year. "I am not overtly happy talking about him. He is my baby and nobody else's. You can come home and see him if I allow you to come in my house," Shah Rukh told PTI in an exclusive interview here. "He (AbRam) is not meant for flashbulbs. I don't want him to be a participant in this circus of public life that I am a part of. That is what I do... Public life... The good, bad, ugly, goodness of media, the strangeness... I am part of it, not my children," the 48-year-old actor said. AbRam was born at 34 weeks of pregnancy and had initially spent most of the time in hospital. "It is one of the only things that has made me uncomfortable in my career is you take on a child who is sick when he was born and make it an issue... I find it very disgraceful. I am a movie star, disgrace me but not my kids," he said. Though his two elder children - Aryan and Suhana - pose with him for media, but the doting father insists that this is because they are grown up and hang around with him. "He (Abram) is small... Don't want to allow that innocence in my line of work. Others do it good... I don't do it so I can't comment on others. One day if I feel to come out I will. My baby, my life... I feel awkward when people say why I don't bring him in public. I will do what I feel like. You can't put picture because I don't like it, I feel uncomfortable," he said. Shah Rukh is still unhappy recollecting the time when there were reports that a pre-natal sex determination test, which is banned in the country, had been conducted, following which the Mumbai civic body had sent a team to his residence to ascertain the facts which was turned away. The actor has repeatedly trashed the speculations. "I did not like that fact when the media spoke about the surrogacy. I hate it. They said I had sex determination test, which was rubbish. I am too educated to be indulging in this non-sense. He was suffering... He was ill and people were talking about sex determination just because he is the child of a famous movie star," he said. "He will grow up one day and might read all this or may not read also... But it is very sad. Just because he is my child, it doesn't make him less or more than anyone else... A kid is a kid. He was unwell and there were cases going on. I feel awkward," he said. However, Shah Rukh is very happy and feels blessed to have such a beautiful child. "He is very sweet, beautiful and pretty looking. He is a pleasant child. He brings lot of cheer and happiness. It is great fun to be with him. Everyone wants to be with him. There is so much innocence and love in the baby... He is very sweet. The kids like him... I like him," Shah Rukh said. "My office people make excuses to come home to see him. We have lot of good time. Now I have to do the kids shopping thing again... Whatever I did ten years ago," he said. Apart from his two other children, AbRam too visits Shah Rukh on film shoots sometimes. "He comes on sets at times. Aryan and Suhana are studying so I can't take them away from school. AbRam is too small, but he has come to my shooting in Mumbai but not abroad," the actor said. "My family doesn't like watching shooting. If I am shooting from 9 AM to 9 PM they get bored. When I was shooting for 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', they all were there in London, they were there in Dubai as well," he said. ...

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  • Divya Khosla Kumar receives Rajiv Gandhi Award

    Mumbai :Actress turned director Divya Khosla Kumar has received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for excellence for her 2014 movie "Yaariyaan". "It's a great honour and definitely my journey and growth as a creative person doesn't stop here. I am proud to be a woman and making my foray in a field absolutely dominated by men. Cheers to Indian women managing their families," Divya told IANS. Divya could not be in Delhi Friday to receive the honour. Her parents received it on her behalf. ...

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  • Indians in Saudi Arabia asked to get machine-readable passports

    Riyadh: The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed to all Indians living in the kingdom to get machine-readable passports issued as soon as possible, a media report said Monday. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will phase out non-machine-readable passports by Nov 24, 2015, Arab News quoted Indian embassy spokesperson Surinder Bhagat as saying. "Foreign governments may deny visas or even entry on old passports," he said. "This is why Indian citizens living across the kingdom are advised to change their passports as soon as they can." Passports with pasted photos and handwritten details or a 20-year validity period are considered non-machine-readable. "The government has been issuing electronic passports since 2001," he said. "In fact, all new passports are ICAO-compliant and are printed in Riyadh." India has decided to recall 60-page passport booklets bearing codes Z-000001 to Z-073000 with immediate effect due to administrative and technical problems in their usage. The holders of passports with these numbers can return them to their embassies to have them cancelled and re-apply for a new passport free of charge, the official said. ...

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  • Bunts association organises Medical camp

    Bahrain: Bunts Bahrain had organised free medical camp for its members, hundreds along with thier family members made use of this camp recently.



















    These days diseases related to heart, sugar problem, BP are increasing. They need timely medical checkups otherwise these diseases turn deadly for human beings. So the association under the leadership of Bharath Shetty, presideint of the association organised this camp. The camp was organised here at Al Hilal Hospital premises and all the facilities were provided by the hospital for free. Speaking on the occasion Bharath Shetty thanked Al Hilal Hospital heads Sai Giridhar, Asif Mohammad and staff for their support. He also thanked Amit Shetty adminstrative director of Navaratna Hotel, who provided free food for all. ...

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  • Saudi government to ensure infection free Hajj

    Riyadh: In the wake of the Ebola and Coronavirus outbreak, the Saudi government has said it will screen Hajj pilgrims this year. The health ministry has made arrangements to screen the pilgrims for the Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The ministry also plans to provide pilgrims with health care services in the holy city of Makkah and at the main entry points of King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Jeddah Islamic Port, Abdulsalam Noorwali, a director in the ministry told the Arab News daily. Temporary health centres are being set up on all roads leading to the Makkah. "We are on the alert for corona and Ebola viruses and fully equipped to screen any pilgrim suspected of carrying the infections at the two main entry points," Sami Badawood, another director in the ministry, said this week. Around 620 personnel have been posted in the health and surveillance centre at Jeddah's main airport and another 100 at the Jeddah Islamic Port to screen arriving pilgrims and provide them with medical aid. All pilgrims must present proof of vaccination for meningitis and ACYW135. For infants and children under 15 years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis and polio. The meningitis vaccination should be given before departure and polio vaccination is mandatory for all pilgrims coming from Africa, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and African countries. ...

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