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  • About 31 lakh employees to take cleanliness pledge tomorrow

    New Delhi, Oct 1, 2014, (PTI): About 31 lakh central government employees working across the country will take a pledge of cleanliness in various public functions to be organised tomorrow as part of the Narendra Modi administration's 'Clean India' campaign.

    In addition, lakhs of state government employees have been asked to be part of this massive drive which will be launched by the Prime Minister here tomorrow.

    "It has been decided that on October 2, 'Swachhta Shapath' (cleanliness pledge) will be administered to all in government offices and public functions or events and cleanliness drive led by senior officers will be undertaken in all government and public offices," Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said in a communique to secretaries of all departments.

    There are about 30.98 lakh central government employees in the country. Each central government department has made plans to administered the oath to its employees.

    Home Secretary Anil Goswami will administered the cleanliness pledge to employees of Home Ministry and Personnel Ministry tomorrow in North Block premises.

    The Prime Minister has given a call for 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) as a mass movement to realise Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India by 2019, when the country will celebrate 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

    "For a campaign of this nature to be successful, there is a need to create massive public awareness and to ensure participation and action for cleaning homes, government offices, schools, hospitals, work places, streets, roads and markets, railway stations and bus terminals, statues, monuments, rivers, lakes,ponds, parks and other public places.

    "It is important to involve government and public sector officials at every level, non-government organisations, education and health institutions, rural and urban local bodies, self-help groups, youth organisations, resident and market associations as well as business and industrial chambers and associations in the cleanliness and awareness drives," Seth said in his letter.

    A variety of activities such as pledge-taking marches, marathons, debates, street plays, music and essay competitions, cleaning drives and other community activities may be used to focus public attention on this campaign and on the need for cleanliness, Seth said.

    Meanwhile, the departments heads have swung into action and directed concerned officials to clear office premises of clutter, garbage, building materials, unused vehicles and others.


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  • Asian Games: Tintu Luka wins women’s 800m silver

    Incheon, October 1, 2014:  It was once again a case of so near and yet so far for India’s Tintu Luka who, despite leading in most of the women’s 800 metres final race, was overtaken by Kazakhstan’s Margarita Mukasheva in the last stages and had to settle for the Asian Games silver here on Wednesday.

    Margarita set a new Asiad record of a minute and 59.02 seconds to take gold while China’s Zhao Jing won the bronze in 1:59.48 at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

    Tintu timed her season’s best of 1:59.19 but ran out of steam in the last 50m to let the gold slip away through her fingers.

    The P.T. Usha protege had also suffered a similar fate four years ago at Guangzhou when she led the pack right from the start but could not keep pace in the last 50m to finish third.

    The other Indian in the fray, Sushma Devi also clocked her season’s best of 2:01.92 but came home fifth.

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  • India may seek help of US for Dawood extradition

    Washington, Oct 1, 2014 (PTI): India may seek US' help for extradition of Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind of 1993 Mumbai blasts, as they vowed to make "joint and concerted efforts" to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like LeT, JeM, D-company, Al-Qaeda and Haqqani network.

    A joint US-India Joint Statement expressing this resolve after the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday came on a day the US Treasury Department slapped sanctions against individuals and networks linked to two militant groups based in Pakistan.

    "The leaders stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including the dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks, to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the D-company, and the Haqqanis," the statement said while referring to issues relating to Homeland Security Cooperation.

    D-company is a reference to Dawood Ibrahim, an underworld don who is the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. On March 12, 1993, serial bomb blasts rocked the western metropolis at various places, killing more than 250 and injuring over 700.

    The statement is considered significant as Dawood is widely believed to be in Pakistan, and the Haqqani network, which has been active along the Afghanistan border, has been working against both Indian and US interests. Dawood is also believed to often shuttle between Dubai and Karachi.

    Indications were that India would seek US help in getting Dawood extradited to face trial in India.

    Indian External Affairs Ministry officials declined to elaborate on the Dawood issue beyond the resolve of the two countries to fight terror and criminal elements as reflected in the joint statement.

    "Samajdhar ke liye ishara hi kafi hai" (A hint is enough for a wise person)," the ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in reply to questions in this regard.

    In October 2003, the US designated Dawood as a global terrorist having links with Al Qaeda and financing activities of LeT and other terrorist organisations.

    Pledging to intensify cooperation in counter-terrorism and security, the two countries also agreed to step up intelligence sharing.

    Sharing concerns over the threat of terrorism in South Asia and emerging challenges in West Asia, where Islamist group ISIS has been on the rampage, Modi during a joint media appearance with Obama said the two countries agreed to intensify cooperation in counter terrorism and intelligence sharing.

    Modi and Obama also reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the November 2008 terror attack which killed 166 people.


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  • Govt notifies life long visa for PIO card holders

    New Delhi, Oct 1, 2014, PTI: Persons of Indian Origin will get life-long visa to visit India, the government has notified, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the concession at the Madison Square Garden rally in the US.

    The PIO card holders have also been exempted from police reporting during their period of stay in India, irrespective of any duration.

    "A PIO card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his life time from the date of its issue provided that such applicant has a valid passport," the gazette notification issued by the Home Ministry said.

    The notification made it clear that a PIO card which has been issued prior to the date of publication of the notification (September 30, 2014), shall be deemed to be valid for life time of its holder subject to the condition that such person has a valid passport.

    Earlier, Persons of Indian Origin had PIO cards with only 15 years validity for visa-free entry to India and they had to extend it for 10 years at a time if desired.

    Besides, earlier a PIO card holder was required to register himself or herself with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer / Foreigners Registration Officer (FRRO/FRO) concerned if he or she stays more than 180 days in India.

    Modi had announced in the New York gathering that this clause too would be waived. PIO Card Scheme for people of Indian origin having foreign passport was introduced by the Government on March, 30, 1999. A total 52,264 persons, till 2010 have obtained PIO cards.

    PIO is granted to foreigners married to Indian citizens, a person whose parents/grandparents/great grandparents are or had been of Indian origin and minors whose parents are Indian citizens or one parent is an Indian citizen and the other is not.

    PIO card is not allowed to nationals of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and China.The Prime Minister on Sunday had announced at the Madison Square Garden in New York that Persons of Indian Origin cardholders will get lifetime Indian visa.

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  • Delhi ex-minister charged with molestation, creating ruckus

    New Delhi: A charge sheet was filed against Delhi's former law minister Somnath Bharti and 17 others for molestation and creating a ruckus during the Jan 16 midnight raid on a house in south Delhi, police said Wednesday.

    Delhi Police filed the charge sheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Chetna Singh Sep 29.

    The 18 accused are formally charged under 16 sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 153-A (promoting enmity between classes), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (outraging modesty of women), 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 147 (rioting).

    Magistrate Singh Wednesday referred the matter to the chief metropolitan magistrate.

    Police in over 100 pages of charge sheet has cited around 40 prosecution witnesses, including nine African woman.

    The court had asked police Sep 10 to file the final status report on the investigation.

    Police lodged a first information report Jan 19 against unknown accused on the court's direction and booked them for various charges dealing with wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

    The court order came on a plea of a Ugandan woman who sought registration of an FIR against unknown people for creating a ruckus during the raid between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. in Khirki Extension here Jan 16 this year.

    Advocate Rakesh Sherawat, appearing for the Ugandan woman, told the court that his client learnt through the media that the people taking part in the midnight raid were from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Delhi's then law minister Bharti.

    However, Bharti was not named in the complaint.

    The minister had gone to a house in Khirki Extension after receiving complaints about an alleged prostitution and drug racket in the area.


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  • Will Jayalalitha's jailing help BJP to grow in Tamil Nadu?

    New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The jailing of the charismatic J. Jayalalithaa will help the BJP to grow in Tamil Nadu, a state where it has always been a bit player, party leaders say.

    Bharatiya Janata Party leaders feel their party is bound to get more support now that the ruling AIADMK is rudderless minus Jayalalithaa and the DMK - the main opposition - is in disarray.

    As for the Congress, it appears to be on the retreat in Tamil Nadu, where it was wiped out in the May Lok Sabha election.

    "Jayalalithaa's absence from Tamil Nadu may favour the BJP as we can expand our base in the state," a BJP leader in Chennai told IANS on telephone.

    "We are looking to forge an alliance with smaller parties," he added.

    Tamil Nadu's BJP general secretary H. Raja was more forthright: "The next election in the state will be between the AIADMK and the BJP.

    "Our party has a bright future in Tamil Nadu," he said. "In the absence of Jayalalithaa, governance will not be that good, and any anti-incumbency will favour the BJP.

    "(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's popularity among youth is very high... We are going to expand in the state."

    Fighting in alliance with smaller Tamil parties and ranged against both the AIADMK and the DMK, the BJP surprised everyone in the Lok Sabha polls by winning one of the state's 39 seats.

    Another seat went to the PMK, a BJP ally. The remaining 37 were bagged by the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK.

    The BJP-led alliance secured 18.5 percent of all votes in Tamil Nadu, and the BJP itself cornered 5.5 percent.

    While the AIADMK vote percentage was 44.3 percent, the DMK-led alliance got only eight percent votes more than the BJP grouping in the state, a factor which stunned political pundits.

    The 2014 showing for the BJP was the best in Tamil Nadu since 1998 when it won three Lok Sabha seats and in 1999 when it took four seats. On both occasions, the popularity of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani tilted the scales -- just as Modi's appeal did this time.

    Just when everyone was predicting another AIADMK landslide in the 2016 assembly elections, a court in Bangalore Saturday jailed Jayalalithaa for four years and fined her Rs.100 crore for corruption.

    She was stripped of her membership of the Tamil Nadu assembly. A loyalist, O. Panneerselvam, took oath as chief minister Monday, in a near replay of what happened 13 years ago.

    It is Jayalalithaa's physical absence from a state where she commands a big popularity that makes the BJP feel the party will be able to do better vis-a-vis voters.

    But pundits admit that while middle class sensibilities on corruption might push them towards the BJP, the mass of rural and urban poor may not be ready to dump Jayalalithaa -- even if she remains in jail.

    In any case, the BJP has never been in the race for power in Tamil Nadu, where it relies on smaller or bigger Tamil parties while seeking votes.

    The BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh had no presence in Tamil Nadu as it was viewed as a "north Indian" and "Hindi" party.

    It was only the Ayodhya campaign that helped the BJP to grow in the 1990s. Even then, most people in Tamil Nadu called the BJP not by its name but as "Advani party".

    Those lonely days, BJP leaders assert, are long gone.

    In New Delhi, a BJP leader told IANS: "The AIADMK is a natural ally for us. But we are not thinking about it at present."


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  • Bihar Minister Targeted By Angry Crowd, Car Set On Fire

    Sasaram, Oct 01, 2014:  An angry crowd attacked a Bihar minister and set his car on fire. He was not in the vehicle at the time of the assault on Monday evening. However, he was injured after being assaulted with stones.

    Vinay Bihari, 48, is a cabinet minister. He inaugurated a concert in a small town 150 kilometres from Patna. The musical event was part of celebrations for the Navratri religious festival and was headlined by a hugely popular folk singer, Pawan Singh.

    The audience of nearly 50,000 people tried to rush towards the stage and the police pushed back. A mob then threw stones at the minister. Six people have been arrested and a police complaint names them along with 500 unidentified others.

    "The minister was hit with a stone in the chin. We shielded him and managed to pull him out from the crowd before anything untoward could happen. His car was parked near the stage and somebody poured petrol on it and set it on fire before the driver could take it out," said Chandan Kumar Kushwaha, a senior police officer handling the case.

    He said the minister was in danger of being lynched by the crowd.

    Local administration officials have submitted a report to the government on the assault, alleging that it could have been instigated by the mining mafia which is enraged over the recent closure of several mines because of anti-pollution laws.


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  • Northeast India's 115 years old rail track is now history

    Agartala: It was an emotional moment in India's mountainous northeastern region when the train ran on the 115 years old metre gauge line of the region for the last time - and into history. The metre gauge tracks laid over a century ago are to be uprooted to make way for broad gauge.

    Thousands of men and women gathered at many stations between Lumding in Assam and Agartala in Tripura as the last of the metre gauge trains chugged its way out, bidding them a final goodbye.

    "The historic metre gauge railway line has a glorious past since it was constructed in 1899," said Sukumar Das, an academician and veteran citizen of Silchar in southern Assam.

    He told IANS: "Railway authorities should build a museum or a commemorative centre to conserve the historic and old railway tracks as these have a heritage value."

    The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) between Sep 28 and Sep 30 pulled out in three phases 27 trains running between southern Assam's Lumding, Agartala (Tripura), Jiribam (Manipur) and Bhairabi (Mizoram) on the metre gauge section.

    The 115 years old railway lines would be converted to broad gauge, bringing them in sync with those in the rest of the country. For this, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) stopped train services in Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and southern Assam from Wednesday.

    "The 18-month-long gauge conversion works from Assam's Lumding to Tripura's Agartala would start today (Wednesday) and would continue till March 2016," a senior NFR official told IANS.

    The railway line is broad gauge from Assam's main city of Guwahati up to Lumding (in southern Assam). From Lumding to Tripura's capital Agartala and western Manipur, northern Mizoram and southern Assam, the railway link with the rest of India is a single metre gauge.

    The 437-km long Lumding-Agartala metre gauge rail line, most part of which is in Assam and the remaining in Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur, would be converted into broad gauge in two phases.

    The Lumding-Agartala metre gauge link connects Bairabi in northern Mizoram and Jiribam in western Manipur with the rest of the country.

    Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore visited southern Assam 95 years ago using the old railway network, built by British rulers.

    "Eleven people, including a young woman, became martyrs at the historic Silchar railway station (in southern Assam) when they were killed in police firing after participating in the language movement May 19, 1961," writer Uttam Saha told IANS.

    Writer Uttam Saha told IANS: "Gandhiji came to Silchar Aug 27, 1921, by this metre gauge train from Kolkata (via Bangladesh) and addressed a mammoth public gathering. After Gandhiji's visit, the struggle against British rulers was further stepped up in the region."

    "Rabindra Nath (Tagore) on way to Sylhet (now in eastern Bangladesh) from Guwahati came to Badarpur railway station (near Silchar) to attend a function in February 1919. Local people gave a massive reception to the bard."

    Another writer and historian, Panna Lal Roy said that the metre gauge railway line had played a crucial role during British rule as huge number of freedom fighters clandestinely travelled to northeast region of India, then Eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and then Burma (now Myanmar) as part of their freedom struggle related works.

    Southern Assam's commercial city Silchar, a junction among Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur, was connected by the metre gauge railway track in 1899.

    "To boost the tea industry in southern Assam, the British rulers connected Chittagong (in southeast Bangladesh) with Sylhet, Karimganj (now in southern Assam) and Silchar by railway lines 115 years ago," Roy said.

    "In 1905, the railway line extended up to Hilakhandhi and Lumding to link with the rest of India's rail network via Guwahati," Roy added.

    Another piece of history associated with the northeastern rail line was linked to the language movement of the region.

    "Eleven people, including a young woman, became martyrs at the historic Silchar railway station (in southern Assam) when they were killed in police firing after participating in the language movement May 19, 1961," writer Uttam Saha told IANS.

    NFR's chief public relations officer Sugato Lahiri said that all 27 trains plying in the Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar-Karimganj-Bhairabi-Jiribam-Dharmanagar-Agartala routes have been withdrawn in a phased manner from Sep 28 to Sep 30.

    Railway first entered Assam in 1881 when the Assam Railway and Trading Company constructed a 65-km long metre gauge line from Dibrugargh to Makum collieries in Margherita for the sole purpose of transporting tea and coal.

    The NFR was formed in Jan 15, 1958, with its headquarters at Maligaon, near Guwahati with an aim to give greater impetus to the development of the northeast.

    Currently, the northeastern region has 2,646 km of railway line, including 861 km metre gauge track, and of this Assam alone has 2,467 km railway line.

    The Tripura station came up on the country's rail map in October 2008.


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  • Jeddah: 1.36 Lakh Indian Pilgrims Reach Saudi Arabia for Haj

    Jeddah (PTI): All the 1,36,020 Indian pilgrims who will perform Haj this year have reached Saudi Arabia, officials said on Tuesday.

    "All the 1,36,020 Indian Haj pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia with the last flight carrying 394 pilgrims from Mumbai arriving yesterday," Indian Consul General B S Mubarak told PTI.

    Monday was the last day of flight operations, he said.

    Two senior BJP leaders representing India at this year's Haj also arrived on Monday.

    Arif Beg, a former federal minister who hails from Bhopal, is heading the delegation and is accompanied by Abdul Rasheed Ansari, National President of party's minority wing, of Delhi.

    Ambassador of India Hamid Ali Rao received the Haj Goodwill Delegation headed by Baig.

    The first batch of Indians arrived in Saudi Arabia on August 27 when 235 pilgrims landed in Madinah while the final batch reached the country yesterday, with a total of 365 flights carrying the pilgrims for Haj this year.

    Of the 136,020 Indian pilgrims who have reached Saudi Arabia this year, 100,020 came through the Hajj Committee of India.

    Saudi Airlines carried 49,230 Indian pilgrims while Air India transported 50,790 others from 21 embarkation points.

    The remaining 36,000 pilgrims came through private tour operators.

    Over two million pilgrims, coming from all corners of the globe, will begin their trek to the tent city of Mina on Thursday on the first leg of the five-day pilgrimage.

    The Haj will reach its zenith on Friday, October 3, when nearly 3 million pilgrims will stand on the plains of Arafat.

    The pilgrimage will end after Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.

    The pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam that should be performed at least once in a lifetime by every Muslim who is financially and physically capable.

    On Monday, Mubarak had said all preparations have been completed to ensure that the 1,36,000 Indian pilgrims can perform a hassle-free Haj with everything going according to plan.


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  • Fake experience certificate racket busted

    Bangalore: IT companies are the favoured employment targets of a number of Job Seekers, especially those with an engineering background. But how do you land one? A fake work experience certificate is the best bet.

    A racket which provided these certificates has been unearthed by the Central Crime Branch here.

    The CCB conducted simultaneous raids on seven companies since Monday and arrested 26 persons, including a woman. The police suspect that at least 25,000 candidates may have secured employment through these companies.

    This gang was into a lot of fake stuff, besides these certificates, such as Form 16, identity cards, access cards and other documents. Also, referential enquiries were dealt with professionally with a hired hand to provide “positive feedback” about the candidate when companies made telephone inquiries.

    The CCB raids, which continued on Tuesday, was following an e-mail tip-off to Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi last week. A CCB constable was sent as a decoy to Tanangi Infomatics Consultancy Services on Jayanagar 9th Block.

    The kingpins of the racket have been identified as Kiran Kumar (35), Rangaraju (35), Sheikh Altaj Ahmed (39) and Balraj (39), who charged anywhere between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 30,000 for each certificate and had been operating for the past three years.

    Mr. Reddi said, “The companies were registered with Registrar of Companies, but were not functioning. In some cases, fake educational qualifications were created for candidates to get better jobs in reputed companies across the country. These companies maintained records on candidates and documents issued to them.”

    Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Hemanth Nimbalkar said all the seven companies had a common premise, which functioned as a call centre with several fixed phone lines. A full-fledged staff attended to calls from prospective employers, who often wanted to know the background of the candidates.

    Interestingly, even as CCB officials were investigating on a premise, an unemployed graduate from Madhya Pradesh walked in seeking experience certificate, he said.

    Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Goyal said the companies included Cionix India Pvt. Ltd., Infer Software Solutions and Progenex Infomatics in BTM Layout, Tarangi Infomatic Consultancy Service and E-Beam in Jayanagar, and Solvent Toptech India Pvt. Ltd. in J.P. Nagar.

    Seals, identity cards, letterheads computers, communication equipment, printers, scanners and laptops were seized. ...

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  • Ahmedabad: Year 2015 Dedicated to 'Promotion of Consecrated Life' by Pope Francis

    Fr. Cedric Prakash sj

    “Today’s religious men and women need to be prophetic, “capable of waking up the world,” of showing they are a special breed who “have something to say” to the world today. The church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, acting, living! (Show) It’s possible to live differently in this world.”- Pope Francis

    Ahmedabad: In an address to the heads of men’s religious orders participating in the 82nd general assembly of the Union of Superiors General in Rome on November 29th 2013, Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a Year dedicated to ‘the Promotion of Consecrated Life’. The year coincides with the 50th anniversaries of the Vatican Council and of the Decree ‘Perfectae Caritatis’ on religious life.

    Unveiling the plan of the year, a few months ago, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CFCL) said, “We believe that the Council has been a breath of the Spirit not only for the whole Church but, perhaps especially, for the consecrated life. We are also convinced that in these 50 years, consecrated life has undertaken a fruitful journey of renewal — not free, certainly, of difficulties and hardships — in the commitment to follow what the Council asked of the consecrated: fidelity to the Lord, to the Church, to their own charism and to the people of today.”

    The Year has three major objectives:

    - to celebrate the golden anniversaries of the Second Vatican Council and of ‘Perfectae Caritatis’

    - to live the present passionately

    - to embrace the future with hope

    The year will focus on:

    - renewal for men and women in consecrated life

    - thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns

    - invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation

    The year of consecrated life has for its theme “WAKE UP THE WORLD” and it will be launched by Pope Francis on November 29th – 30th 2014 (the first Sunday of Advent) with an opening prayer vigil and Mass. It will conclude on February 2nd 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.

    The CFCL has already issued a path-breaking document for the year entitled ‘REJOICE! A letter to consecrated men and women – A message from the teachings of Pope Francis’.  This 70-page document is a fitting initiator and backgrounder for the year inviting all consecrated persons to rejoice in their consecration. The document also provides ten very pointed questions posed by Pope Francis (in the very first year of his Pontificate) to various stages of religious life. The document is also an invitation for consecrated persons to reflect individually and collectively on these questions.

    What can be done in Ahmedabad Diocese or any other Diocese during this year?

    Several programmes / activities can be undertaken, during the fifteen-months period we are invited to celebrate this year; among the possibilities are:

    -  the Diocese could organise special programmes for the launch (November 30th 2014) and the conclusion (February 2nd 2016) of the year

    - every Deanery could organize one Seminar and at least one day of recollection on the theme

    - every Parish could organise at least two special programmes during the year to highlight the need and importance of consecrated life in the Church. 

    - the CRI of Ahmedabad or any other City could plan at least a programme a month in different parts of the Diocese

    - every congregation in the diocese should take upon themselves to organize retreats / recollections / seminars /  workshops and other related programmes on the theme particularly for youth

    -  the DOOT could have three to four pages every month highlighting the charism of the religious congregation working in the diocese and also special lead articles on consecrated life.

    - religious in the Diocese should be encouraged to write articles on Consecrated Life and circulate these as much as possible

    - there are several renewal programmes that will be organized nationally and internationally, religious congregations should be urged to send the younger members of their congregation to participate in them


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  • Communal violence: Police arrest 21, seize autos used by miscreants

    Belgaum: The police have nabbed 21 people in the past two days for indulging in violence after the death of a youth on September 25. Most of the arrests were made based on video recording of incidents. They also seized some autorickshaws that were used to transport pebbles to help miscreants indulge in stone pelting. Police had earlier arrested 14 miscreants on the day of violence.

    The police were arrested five people from the Camp police station limits and seized five autorickshaws from them. As per the video recording made by the police department, the miscreants had stored stones in the autos and use them to stone business establishments. Most of the posh shops and showrooms on College Road were targeted.

    Nine people were arrested and four autos seized in Khadebazaar police station limits. Some other youths accused of stone-throwing incident were rounded-up at Malmaruti station limits. ...

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  • DA case: Jayalalithaa to remain in jail; bail hearing adjourned till October 7

    Bangalore, Oct 01, 2014:  In a setback to J Jayalalithaa, vacation bench of the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday adjourned the petition seeking bail in the disproportionate assets case till October 07.

    Till then, the former Tamil Nadu chief minister will remain in jail.

    The AIADMK chief’s lawyers had filed a memo seeking speedy hearing.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court had adjourned to October 06 her pleas seeking immediate bail and challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case against her.

    However, her lawyers submitted that the matter should be heard on priority as Jayalalithaa’s imprisonment was causing law and order problems in the state. They also stated that her health was unstable.

    As the matter came up before the vacation bench, noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, counsel for Jayalalithaa, pleaded for suspending the sentence pending appeal under Section 389 of the Criminal Procedure Code and for her release on bail.

    G Bhavani Singh, who was Special Public Prosecutor in the Special Court in the disproportionate assets case, told the judge that he had not yet received any official notification appointing him as the SPP for the criminal appeal filed in the High Court.

    "I have read a report appearing in a daily about my appointment as the SPP to handle the case, but I haven’t received any official notification appointing me as the SPP," he said.

    "Since I haven’t received the notification, I am not authorised to represent the case," Singh added.

    Singh sought more time, at which point the vacation bench judge Justice Rathnakala posted the matter for hearing on October 6.

    In her petitions seeking immediate bail and challenging her sentence, Jayalalithaa has maintained that the charges of amassing wealth against her were false and that she had acquired property through legal means.

    Jayalalitha has also contended that the trial court has overlooked several judgements and has not considered the binding nature of various income tax orders and decisions of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, which had accepted the income and the level of expenditure pleaded by her.

    The pleas of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s aide Sasikala, her relatives V N Sudhakaran, disowned son of the former Chief Minister, and Ilavarasi, who have also moved the High Court seeking bail and challenging their conviction, were also posted for hearing on October 6.

    In a verdict on Saturday at the end of an 18-year old legal battle, Special Judge John Michael D’Cunha had convicted Jayalalithaa, sentencing her to four years imprisonment, and slapped a staggering fine of Rs 100 crore in the Rs 66.65 crore corruption case.

    In her appeal, Jayalalithaa pleaded for suspension of the conviction and the sentence and also refused to pay the Rs 100 crore fine imposed on her.

    The hearing came up before the vacation bench as the High Court is on Dasara holidays from September 29 to October 6.



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  • Ex-CM Jayalalitha lodged in jail Superintendent's guest house

    Bangalore: Because of security concerns, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is housed in the Jail Superintendent’s guest house which is part of the Central Jail complex.

    She had pulao on Sunday morning and a frugal supper late Saturday in the Bangalore Central Jail where she has been lodged after a Special Court sentenced her to four years imprisonment in a corruption case.

    “Jayalalithaa was served ragi malt, plain rice, sambar and curd rice with pickle last night,” a prison official said.

    “The rooms have air conditioning, television and access to phones on request through the jailer. Sasikala and Ilavarasi are sharing another room while Sudhakaran, Jayalalithaa’s adopted son, is sharing a room with Janardhan Reddy,” a source said.

    According to him, Sudhakaran was given drips this morning as he was feeling very weak.

    Soon after Special Judge John Micheal D’Cunha pronounced the sentence at 5 pm in the Special Court on Saturday, Jayalalithaa was taken into judicial custody after medical check-up.

    Being diabetic and having some ailments, the 66-year-old former Chief Minister was taken to a State-run government hospital in the Southern Suburb under Police escort for medical tests and treatment, as directed by the Judge on her appeal.

    After treatment, Jayalalithaa was driven back to the jail premises.

    “O. Paneerselvam brought Jaya her medicines, when she said she was feeling uneasy. Doctors checked on her. If her health deteriorates, she will be shifted to Jayadeva hospital,” an official said.

    The room that Jaya is in, is the same one in which Yeddyurappa was lodged. ...

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  • 12 killed, 45 injured in train collision near Gorakhpur in UP

    Gorakhpur (UP), Oct 1, 2014 (PTI):  At least twelve persons were killed and 45 others injured when two speeding passenger trains collided near Gorakhpur late last night, a railway official said today.

     At least twelve persons have died and among the 45 injured, 12 are grievously injured, railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

    Krishak Express, travelling from Varanasi to Gorakhpur, hit Barauni Express, going from Lucknow to Barauni, from behind at a place, about 7 km from here at around 11 pm, Chief Public Relations Officer Alok Singh said.

    Singh said three coaches of Barauni Express were thrown off the track following the collision.

    Railway officials have rushed to the spot and rescue work was in full swing. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

    The railway has also set up helpline for inquiries for various cities -- Gorakhpur (05513303365, 09794846980), Lucknow (05222233042), Chhapra (09006693233) and Benares (09919041978), the spokesperson said.

    "The railway has suspended the drivers of Krishak Express for overshooting the signal", Saxena said.

    "An inquiry has been ordered by the railway under Commissioner Rail Safety P K Bajpai to ascertain the cause of the incident," he said.

    Movement of trains on Gorakhpur-Varanasi track has been disrupted following the incident and few trains have been diverted


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  • Bakrid holiday likely on Oct 6

    Bangalore: The State government is likely to a declare holiday on October 6, on the occasion of Bakrid. A government order to this effect may be issued on Wednesday.

    The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DP&AR) has submitted a proposal in this regard to the Chief Minister’s office, official sources said. Wakf Minister Qamarul Islam on Tuesday urged Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee to take necessary steps to declare holiday on October 6. This is because the Karnataka Moon Sighting Committee has decided to celebrate Bakrid on the same day, he added.

    If October 6 is declared holiday, then government offices would be continuously closed from October 2 to 6 because of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, followed by Ayudha Pooja, Vijayadashami and Bakrid. ...

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  • Vadodara riots: Over 200 held, situation remains tense

    Vadodara, Sep 30, 2014:  More than 200 people have been arrested in Vadodara town in Gujarat after days of communal violence, police said on Monday.

    Although no fresh incident has been reported, the situation in the city, 116 km from Ahmedabad, remained tense amid huge deployment of police personnel.

    Communal violence had erupted in Yakutpura, Panjrapole, Fatehpura and Kumbharvada in the city on Thursday after some posts about a religion, purportedly derogatory in nature, were put up on a social networking site.

    "We have arrested more than 200 people from the city. Some of the arrests are a preventive measure," a news agency quoted Joint Commissioner of Police, Vadodara City, DJ Patel, as saying.

    Tension flared up after a scuffle between some advocates and members of minority community on Thursday.

    "No fresh incident of rioting was reported in the city (Monday) with the police maintaining a tight vigil," Patel said, adding that the mobile Internet services remained suspended to check the spread of rumours.

    Three incidents of stabbing have been reported in the city in the last four days, mostly in Old City areas, besides cases of stone pelting, looting and arson in some places.

    The administration did not impose curfew as the incidents were sporadic in nature, police said.

    Thirteen companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP), a company each of BSF, CRPF and RAF apart from the city police have been deployed. A company comprises around 80 to 90 personnel.

    Six senior IPS officers, who had earlier served in Vadodara, have been stationed in the city even as top police and government officials are closely monitoring the situation.

    Police had fired tear gas shells to disperse the mob on Thursday and opened fire in air on two occasions last week.

    Senior ministers Nitin Patel and Rajni Patel had visited Vadodara and asked the administration to bring the situation under control.

    Meanwhile, internal transfers of police inspectors have been made to ensure that competent officers are in charge of the situation in areas which are still simmering with incidents of stone pelting.

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  • Bangalore police chief denies reports of Jayalalithaa's ill health

    Bangalore: The Bangalore police on Tuesday denied reports that said AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, lodged in a city jail after her conviction in a corruption case, was unwell, calling them incorrect

    M N Reddi, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City, posted on Twitter, “Some Kannada news channels are showing that Kum. Jayalalithaa is unwell and having heart problem. THIS IS NOT CORRECT.”

    He further clarified, “We usually write to couple of Govt hospitals routinely when there is a Z+ security person in city, to keep ward ready as a precaution. We have written in the same way to 2 hospitals. Public are requested not to pay heed to any such rumours of her ill health.”

    Yesterday, Jayalalithaa moved the Karnataka High Court challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case which cost her the chief minister’s job and disqualified her from being an MLA.

    Jayalalitha has contended that the trial court has overlooked several judgements and has not considered the binding nature of various income tax orders and decisions of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, which had accepted the income and the level of expenditure pleaded by her.


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  • Mangalore: 35-year-old Arun Pais Dies in Train Mishap

    Mangalore: A 35-year-old man died in a train mishap near Thokur, Surathkal here on September 30.

    The deceased has been identified as Arun Pais (35), husband of Lalita a resident of Shaktinagar, at present residing in Thokur, Suratkal.

    According to police sources, Arun was walking on the railway tracks at Thokur, Kodikere on September 30 when he was hit by a train. When Arun did not return home till 10:30 pm, his wife started to search for him in places where he regularly used to be but was not able to trace him.

    On October 1, a passerby saw a body lying on the railway track and informed the railway police. The railway police shifted the body to Wenlock mortuary for post mortem. 

    Arun Pais was recently married to Lalita and staying at her house in Thokur. A case has been registered in the Railway police station.


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  • State must appoint women archaks in Muzrai temples, Poojary

    Mangalore: Former union minister and chief of Kudroli temple B. Janardhana Poojary who scripted history by inducting widows and women belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) community as archaks (priests), asked the state government to follow its suit and appoint women archaks in temple coming under Muzrai department.

    Speaking to the reporters on Wednesday, Poojary said, “The government need not wait for the cabinet to decide, to make such moves’.

    After Shri Gokarnatheshwara Temple appointed women as priests, Chief Minister Siddaramaih had accepted the suggestion of B. Janardhana Poojary. Besides, the reports also stated that Social Welfare Minister Anjaneya also hinted to appoint men belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) as priests in the Muzrai department.


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  • Mangalore: Namma TV to Hold 'Pili Nalike' a Traditional Tiger Dance Competition

    Mangalore: Addressing the media persons during the press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Mithun Rai- President, Dakshina Kannada Youth Congress said , " Me in association with Namma TV wil be conducting the first ever Traditional Tiger Dance Competition " Pili Nalike" at SDM Law College on 3 October 2014 from 11am onwards. The first prize will fetch the winners Rs 2 lakhs. The competition will be judged by professionals who are knowledgeable in the Tiger dance field".

    The inaugural of the competition will be done at 11 am by Poojya Sri Sri Laxmeevaratheertha Swamiji of Shiroor Matt and Dr Devraj K- Director of SDM College. The valedictory function and award ceremony will take place at 5pm with Janardhan Poojary- Senior Congress Leader being the chief guest, and Dr Veerendra Heggade-Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala presiding over the function.

    Guests of honour for the occasion will be State Ministers namely B Ramanath Rai, U T Khader, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Abhay Chandra Jain; MLA J R Lobo, MLC Ivan D'souza, MLA Moideen Bawa, Mahabala Marla- MCC mayor and Prakash Salian- MCC Corporator.

    Shivsharan Shetty- MD of Namma TV, Naveen Kumar of Namma TV, and Prasad Malli- Secretary of DK Youth Congress were also present during the meet.


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  • MCF employees protest against closure, Ministers exert pressure on Centre

    Mangalore: The employees of Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCF) staged a massive demonstration protesting against the decision to halt production, here in front of the factory premises on Wednesday.

    Holding placards and shouting slogans, the employees requested the Union government to provide an extension until the pipeline between Kochi to Mangalore to transport gas gets completed. Surya Narayan, an employee said there are more than 2,000 people working for MCF. If the government shuts down, all of us will be on the streets, he said.

    The previous Union government had directed the factory to replace naphtha with natural gas for production of ammonia and then urea to reduce the burden of subsidy on the government. While, the MCF has installed the required machinery to produce urea using natural gas, GAIL has not yet laid a pipeline.

    According to the reports, the actual cost of production of urea per ton using naphtha is about Rs 48,000 to Rs 50,000 while it is sold at Rs. 5,300 a ton to farmers. The Union  government directly pays the subsidy to the factory, instead of individually paying to farmers.

    CM to hold meeting

    Talking to the press persons on the sidelines of a programme at Pilikula, Mangalore on Wednesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said a meeting of stake holders will be called for as early as possible to discuss on the issue of MCF closure.

    Ananth Kumar seeks extension

    Union minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers H.N Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said he has sought a six months extension of time for the Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCF) to continue with naptha as the raw material for urea production.


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  • Mangalore: 'Nirmala Sisters Sold Me illegally-Help Me Find My Biological Parents' Pleads Maria Chaya

    Mangalore: Here is a story of how children are sold illegally for adoption in foreign countries by Ashrams/NGOs/ and agencies. A local group fighting to curb illegal adoption has alleged that there is fresh evidence of Indian children being trafficked for adoption to foreign countries in the last few months. And nothing much has been done to stop this illegal trade. This group based in Mangalore called Forum for Justice for Chaya is working hard to stop illegal adoption of children happening in and around Mangalore, and also in the nation.

    Addressing the media persons during a press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Maria Chaya Schupp, who was given for adoption to a German couple in 1981 has returned to Mangalore to track down her biological mother. With the adoption facility, Nirmala Social Welfare Centre located in Ullal not cooperating with Chaya's request to access records on her mother, a very depressed Chaya is seeking the help of the media to track down her mother, whom she believes is still somewhere residing around Hampankatta/Town Hall area in the city.

    According to Chaya , when she was six years old (in 1981) she was given in adoption to a Germany-based couple Wolfgang Schupp and Ingid Schupp through a person called Carla Wiedeking who ran an adoption agency Pro Infante in Germany. "But lately this adoption agency has been closed by the German government since they were adopting children illegally and through scams" said Maria.

    Ingid Schupp

    Chaya who is now 38 is on a mission to trace her mother. She believes that she might have been kidnapped from her mother, because there is no proof of a written consent from mother and deed of relinquishment is missing. But she still remembers that she was living with her mother in the city area, around Hampankatta vicinity. Presently Maria Chaya is working as a social worker in Germany, and comes down to Mangalore couple times a year just to trace her biological mother, whom she says loved her a lot during her childhood days and she wanted a good education and future for her. " But I don't know why my mother had to give me in the hands of these Sisters at Nirmala Centre, who later gave me away illegally for a big price to my present parents who adopted me" said Chaya very emotionally.

    Desperately searching for her mother, Chaya has been getting support from local social service workers and activists in her efforts, and she is also planning to file a lawsuit against Nirmala Social Welfare Centre, whom she thinks that the Centre is indulging in child trafficking. " I am very much determined to find my mother, and I will not give my fight for justice in these kind of cases" said Chaya.
    Maria Chaya Schupp released the following statements during her interaction with the media people. She said, " I was adopted in the year 1981, when I was six or seven years old by a German couple, presently I am German citizen. In the year 1999 I came down to Mangalore along with my adoption mother Ingrid Schupp to search for my biological mother in India and even went to Nirmala Centre asking them to give me relevant information on my mother and adoption details. But the Sisters were not helpful in giving me the proper information, instead they showed me only the Baptism Book, where my name Chaya Maria was mention and even my biological mother name as Miriam".

    " Very frustrated and I returned back to Germany. I always have my biological mother present in my heart. Again in the year 2005, me and my adoption mother came down to India and met Nirmala Sisters in Ullal/Mangalore requesting them again to give details regarding my biological mother and the adoption. But Sister Prathima said that all adoption documents are ruined, because of rain water leakage. She once again showed me only the Baptism Record Book. But I couldn't believe the Sister when she said all other documents were lost in water damage. At this point, I could sense that there was something fishy in my adoption.

    Maria (Age 7) seen in the middle at Nirmala Centre

    "In the year 2006 I went again to the Nirmala Sisters and requested details about my biological mother and my adoption, but the same Sister Prathima refused to show me records. Really frustrated over this issue, I went to the Ullal Police Station, where I filed a complaint against the Institution of Nirmala Social Welfare, saying that Sisters at the Centre were holding my adoption documents and that they didn't follow up the adoption rules in the year 1980/1981. The Ullal Police requested the Nirmala Sisters to show me my adoption documents, but didn't take any further action against the Nirmala Institution. I even approached CWC in Mangalore in the year 2006 to follow up my adoption matter, but they were not supportive either. With no positive response from the Nirmala sisters and CWC, my only option was to bring my adoption matter in High Court-Bangalore.

    "My lawyer Jayna Kothari followed up my adoption matter in Bangalore High Court. One judge in the year 2009 in the Writ Petition 14.October 2014 passed a dismissed order. On 20 March 2013 I got order of Writ Appeal No. 4468 OF 2009, from the Hon`Ble  Justice K.L. Manjunath and Justice Ravi Malimath, that knowing the biological mother is a human right to know it, where I am from and under which condition my adoption was done. The Bangalore High Court order directed the Ullal police to investigate the matter. The Ullal police did some investigation but without fruitful documents, where my biological mother is mention".

    " I was very unhappy how the Ullal police investigated in my adoption case. Since 2006, I have come to India twice or three times a year to follow up on my adoption matter and to search to find my biological mother. I was very sad and my heart is still today in pain, knowing that how I got separated from my mothert, and nobody supported me to get justice. In April 2014, Renny from ChildLine and other Human Right Activist introduced me to a lawyer, Dinesh Hegde Ulepady, who is based in Mangalore, where I requested him to take legal action in my adoption case".

    " Here is how my adoption process took place: In 1981 one Selvam Raj Kennett filed an application in Madurai District Court, seeking the permission to send to Germany this child Chaya. In her application she started, that I was born on 24.March 1976 and I was left abandoned when I was 10 month old in the year 1977 and I was in custody by Selvam Raj Kennett in Madurai. Selvam  filed documents along with applications. In Selvam's Petition, he also requested to give the permission to send the child Chaya to Germany and over hand to the couple Wolfgang and Ingrid Schupp".

    " My lawyer Dinesh Hegde Ulepady would like to notice here: I was with my mother till of the age six or seven in Mangalore, because I can recollected the location where I stayed together with my biological mother in Mangalore. I have no any memories from Madurai area. I am very much aware about that I was in Mangalore and my biological mother brought me to Nirmala Social Welfare Center, when I was six or seven years old. I even have a photo with kids which shows that I was at Nirmala Social Welfare Center during 1980 till August 1981".

    " When above been the fact, how is it possible to say, that I was a abandoned child by my biological mother in the year 1977. It shows Selvam Raj Kennett filed a false Petition before Madurai Court. One more question comes into the picture here, when there was a District Court in Mangalore and even the High Court in Bangalore during my adoption time 1981, why was my adoption case taken to the District Court- Madurai? So it clearly shows that I was a kidnapped kid, which was done by the Nirmala Institution, without any knowledge of my biological mother. The Nirmala Sisters sold me to Selvam Raj Kennett in the year 1977 according to the Petition from Selvam".

    "My lawyer Dinesh Hegde Ulepady personally collected many documents and he inspected my adoption documents directly in Madurai Court there on 23.August 2014. He also asked for certified copy from Madurai Court, but until  today the documents are not granted by the Madurai Court. But I don`t know, what is the reason to delay the grant certified copy of my adoption documents from Madurai Court. During my search for my biological mother in Mangalore, I came to know that the Nirmala Sisters admit lots of kids in their Nirmala Social Welfare Center in Ullal and send the kids through adoption out of India. In my matter I found that no legal produce was been followed and I was illegality taken awful of the custody from my biological mother ".

    "In my case I would like to take legal action against Nirmala Social Welfare Center, Selvam Raj Kennett and all other persons who were involved in the process of my illegal adoption. Hence many children were been taken away from their biological parent to send the children for adoption. The reason for adoption will be that the Institutions might have made huge money through adoptions, which you can see in my case. In my case, my adoption parents paid a amount of 5000 Deutsche Mark (around Rs 2 lakh)

    "I request the Citizens of Mangalore and Citizens of India to support my issue and be with me. It should not happen with other kids what had happened to me, where children are sold in adoption industry illegally and such adoption industry should be cracked down. It is the human right to be with the mother or father"

    Akshatha Shetty - Advocate, Prasanna Ravi - Social Worker and Udaya Kumar - Social Worker were also present during press meet.


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  • Sub-regional science centers in all districts, CM Siddu

    Mangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the state government is planning to set up sub-regional science centres in all the districts of the state.

    Speaking after inaugurating the state’s second Regional Science Centre at Pilikula in the city on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the state government has already sent a proposal to  the central government in this regard. It is in addition to the 10 sub-regional science centres, which are already planned at district levels, he said.

    Requesting for a ‘giant collaboration’ with the central government, Siddaramaiah asked Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik, who was present on the dais, to support the cause.
    Chief Minister said, “The objective to set up science centres is to create scientific temper among students and public on science related matters”.

    The chief minister also thanked the central government which provided financial assistance to construct a regional science centre in Pilikula. He said, the state government will complete the work on a 3D planetarium, which will come at a cost of ?24.50 crore at Pilikula in Mangalore in two years.

    Minister S.R. Patil said the state government is starting a ‘Knowledge center’ in Mysore with an estimated cost of Rs 17 crores.

    Develop love for basic science

    The Chief Minister encouraged students and the public to develop love for basic science. He said, ‘Science enlightens to get away with superstitious belief. The amendment of Article 51 (A) (H) of the Indian constitution encourages its citizens to develop scientific temper. But, not many follow”.

    Siddaramaiah said, we have literacy rate between 75 – 100 %, but what’s the literacy rate in basic science?, he asked.

    Pilikula architect and MLA JR Lobo presented a key note address. District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA Moiudeen Bawa, MLC's Ganesh Karnik and Ivan D’souza, former minister Vijay Kumar Shetty were among others present on the dais.


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  • Idol of Goddess Sharada installed at Acharya Mutt of SVT

    Mangalore, Oct 01, 2014: As part of the 92nd Sarvajanika Sri Sharada Mahotsav, the idol of Goddess Sharada was installed at Acharya Math premises of Sri Venkataramana Temple, Car Street here on September 30, Tuesday. The idol was earlier brought to the Mutt premises in a grand procession.

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    Jayaraj Pai,  Padmanabha Pai, Adige Balakrishna Shenoy, Trustees of the Temple,  Shivanand Mallya, Narasimha Acharya of Acharya Math, Bhasker Bhat, Chief Priest and a large number of devotees were present during the installation of the idol.
    A host of religious and cultural events are lined up as part of Sharada Mahotsav at the Temple.

    The festivities will conclude on October 5, Sunday wherein a colourful and grand procession carrying the idol of Goddess Sharada would be taken out on the main streets of the city. The idol will be immersed at the Mahamaya Temple lake during the wee hours of October 6, upon the culmination of the procession.


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  • Mangalore: Whatever good you do on earth is heaven - CM Siddaramaiah During PRSC Inauguration

    Mangalore: Pilikula Regional Science Centre was inaugurated at Pilikula Nisargadhama here on October 1.

    The Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah and the Central Minister of State Culture and Tourism, government of India SripadNaik inaugurated the Pilikula Regional Science Centre by unveiling the plaque of the centre.

    The stage programme began with an invocation. Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim welcomed the gathering. The programme was inaugurated by CM Siddaramaiah and Sripad Naik by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais.

    MLA J R Lobo delivered the keynote address. President of the administrative committee NCSM Kolkata Prof R C Sobthi delivered the introductory remarks on the occasion.

    Addressing the gathering CM Siddaramaiah said that in collaboration of Central and state government we have been able to inaugurate the Pilikula Regional Science Centre, in DK region.  CM thanked the central government for the contribution in building the science centre in this region.

    CM further said that science and technology is very much important for the development of the society. 21st century is the era of science. Every human being needs to develop scientific thoughts. If everyone will get the knowledge of science and technology, there will be development in the society as well as in the country. Recalling a quote from Jawaharlal Nehru, Siddaramaiah said, “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of in-sanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening of custom and tradition, of vast resources running to waste, or a rich country inhabited by starving poor... Who indeed could afford to ignore science today? At every turn we have to seek its aid... The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.”  

    He also said that science and technology is growing and we need to walk along with it. Science and technology has grown but some people still believe in superstitious beliefs. There is no heaven and hell, when you do good it is heaven and when you do bad it is hell. There is no re-birth, we need to develop our mentality scientifically. 

    In India there is poverty, lack of employment and economy but we are in the fourth place in science and technology by reaching the Red Planet, after the Soviet Union, United States and Europe. He congratulated the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation for the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission. He also urged the educational institutions to teach basic science so that they can show interest in science. We need more scientists in our country. DK is a highly literate district and we want more scientists from DK.

    Sripad Naik speaking on the occasion, said that the Regional Science centre is inaugurated under the scheme of government of India and already we have setup 48 centers in different part of the country. In Karnataka this is the first center and we are planning to set up another one in Mysore. Sripad assured to set up science centers in every district.

    Science is the concerted human effort to understand, or to understand better, the history of the natural world and how the natural world works, with observable physical evidence as the basis of that understanding. It is done through observation of natural phenomena and experimentation that tries to simulate natural processes under controlled conditions. Science is fun to learn and the Pilikula Science center will help the students to learn more about science and technology. 

    A booklet was released by Minister Sripad on the occasion.

    District minister in-charge B Ramanath Rai,  Minister for Planning and Statistics, IT, BT, Science & Technology S R Patil,MLA J R Lobo,  MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA Moideen Bava, MLA Shakuntala Shetty, MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik, MLC Ivan D'Souza, Member Secretary Pilikula Nisargadhama Prabhakar Sharma, Director VITM Bangalore K G Kumar, Dirctor Pilikula regional science center society Dr K V Rao, Technical director Science and Technology department Bangalore Dr H Honnegowda, A S Manekar, Mayor Mahabala Marla and others were also present.


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  • Former model Archana Pandey commits suicide, blames boyfriend in note

    Mumbai: A 26-year-old model-turned-financial consultant allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in suburban Andheri, police said.

    The incident came to light today after the neighbours complained to the police about foul smell emanating from her house in a high-rise, police said.

    The deceased, Archana Pandey, has left a suicide note in which she held her boyfriend responsible for the extreme step, police said.

    The police have booked Pandey's boyfriend Umar Pathan on Monday September 29, on the charge of abetment to suicide.

    According to the police, Pandey had been staying on a rented apartment in A6 building at New Mhada Colony in Lokhandwala Complex. She had quit modeling profession in 2009 and started working in a production house.

    "When we broke the door opened, her decomposed body was found hanging from the fan in her bedroom. Going by the condition of the body, it appears that she ended her life three days ago," said Arundhati Rane, senior inspector at Versova police station.

    "During the searches, we recovered a one-page suicide note in her bedroom, in which she held her boyfriend Umar Pathan responsible for drastic step. A manhunt has been launched for him," the officer said. According to the police, in her note she said that Pathan and a woman named Sana had abandoned her in her time of need, which was the reason for her drastic step.


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  • Mahesh Lunch Home organises 'Sea Food Festival'

    Mumbai: Mahesh Lunch Home near fort in V T Station in Mumbai is very popular hotel which Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rahul Gandhi, Sunil Gavaskar and other film and sports artists have not missed an opportunity to taste their veg, non-veg and sea food delicacies.

    Shiv Sena leaders like Uddhav and Raj Thackeray also come to this hotel whenever they have time. The hotel has attracted not only the Indians but also foreigners.

    Owner Sooru C Karkera hails from Dakshina Kannada. He as organised 'Sea Food festival' this year too.

    Those who visit fort area, never go back without tasting the Fish specials in this particular hotel. This year 35 varieties of fish items will be prepared by chefs from all over India. Customers also come from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and arab countries.

    In the Sea food festival different items like Fish Tandoori, Deep fried, Tawwa, Curries, Continental will be prepared.

    Mahesh Lunch home has opened its branches in Juhu, Sakinaka, Pune, Thane and Dubai and has gained popularity with quality food.

    Owner Sooru C Karkera is known to people as social worker and donates for needy. His son Mahesh S Karkera is also following his father and has given his own special touch for the Sea food festival.

    Mahesh S Karkeira is also a organising president of Youth Billawa Jagruthi Balaga Mumbai.


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  • 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare's wife Kavita dies

    Mumbai: Kavita Karkare, widow of former Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare who died fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks, died on Monday September 29.

    She had been admitted to a hospital after she suffered brain haemorrhage and slipped into coma, police sources said.

    "Kavita Karkare sustained a brain haemorrhage because of which he has been taken to Hinduja Hospital at Mahim. Her condition was critical and she was in coma, however today she succumbed to her illness," a police officer said.

    Kavita's husband Hemant Karkare, then Maharashtra ATS chief, died defending Mumbai in the November 26, 2008 attacks. He was killed on the night of 26/11 near Cama Hospital, along with Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar. ...

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  • Srinidhi Properties first project launched in Dubai

    Dubai: Srinidhi Properties first project, Srinidhi Apartments’ built at MGM Road Kukikatte, Udupi was launched in Dubai at Dubai Grand Hotel amidst dignitaries and media representatives on Friday the 26th September 2014.

    The foundation stone was laid at the site in Udupi on July 11, 2014. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015. The project is promoted by Krishna Raj Tantry.
    Mr. Vittal Shetty, a prominent Kannadiga from Dubai welcomed the gathering and guests. The Managing Director of the Srinidhi Apartments then gave detailed info of the project which he said was situated ideally. He said, the four block project  was close to Schools, Colleges, Hospitals  and other important locations and amenities.  Each block he said had 25 apartments and a central court yard and all the facilities commonly found in apartment complexes of this nature.
    On the occasion the brochure of the project was displayed by the dignitaries on dais namely Mr. Sarvotham Shetty (President, Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha), Mr. Walter Nandalike (Daijiworld), Mr. Satish Venkatramana (Managing Director Chilly Willy), Mr. Sunder Shetty (MD Nihal Restaurant), Mr. Manohar Thonse and many other dignitaries and media representatives.
    A delicious buffet was provided for all who attended the launching program.

    The promoters in a press release have stated that enquires may be made at the following addresses:

    Sales & Marketing Office
    Tel : +91 820 2535916
    Mobile : +91 9980064916 (Mr Nanda Kumar), +91-9945409161 (Mr. Tantry)
    Email : /

    Srinidhi Properties
    Mobile : +971 506599375


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  • Padmashali UAE geared up to celebrate 5th anniversary

    Dubai: Padmashali UAE, under the leadership of Ravi Shettigar has completed five years of their existence in UAE binding their community members with social activities under one umbrella to sustain their culture in that part of the world.

    To mark this milestone in their journey, the community is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on the 10th of October 2014, at the India Club Auditorium, Dubai; and during this occasion, the organisation will release its maiden Souvenir “Padma Sangama”, as said by Ravi Shettigar, President of the UAE Padmashali Community.

    The President is of the opinion that , a strong individual forms the foundation for a strong society. UAE Padmashali Community is made of such optimistic and enthusiastic members who have been contributing in their own style towards the betterment of fellow community men.

    It is learnt that the souvenir is beautifully designed and includes various articles on the impressions marked by the Padmashali Community, their culture and way of life, practices and beliefs, etc.

    The event is expected to take  place in the presence of various  dignitaries arriving from India and also honourable members of various other communities residing in UAE. Other attractions of the event comprise of felicitation ceremony followed by a variety of cultural programmes.


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  • Dubai: Indian Deported From Saudi After Acquittal in Murder Case

    Dubai (PTI): An Indian, who spent almost nine years in jail in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder of a Pakistani worker, has been deported to India after he was acquitted of the charges.

    Abdul Rahman Punnoth, who hails from Kozhikode, was acquitted by a Riyadh court. He was deported on Monday.

    Punnoth was working as labourer in Riyadh since 2003.

    Sabir Khan, who was a watchman at the warehouse of the company's store, was found dead on April 2006, Saudi Gazette reported.

    Punnoth visited Khan along with some Bangladeshi nationals who wanted to purchase waste material from the warehouse, apparently without the knowledge of the warehouse owner.

    When Punnoth reached the warehouse next day, he found Khan dead and reported this to the company management and police.

    He was later arrested.

    Punnoth was sentenced to four years in prison and 400 lashes in 2010 after he was convicted of his connivance in stealing scrap cables by the Bangladeshi nationals.

    Haroon Rasheed Kalamiyah, a Bangladeshi national, who was sentenced to five years in jail and 600 lashes, is currently serving jail term, while other three Bangladeshis are reportedly absconding.

    Muneeb Pazhoor, a representative of Riyadh Indian Fraternity Forum (IFF), has been following up the case for the last five years and he has approached the concerned authorities several times.

    Riyadh governorate's intervention facilitated the deportation of Punnoth after the court found him not guilty of Khan's murder, the report said.

    Pazhoor said IFF contacted Sabir Khan's family members in Pakistan several times but failed to secure a power of attorney to the embassy of Pakistan so that it could not appear in the court, representing the victim.

    "This delayed court procedures, but the court finally issued verdict after adjourning the sittings several times earlier. Exit procedures were finalised after Punnoth's sponsor gave the clearance, and Afzal Vettathur, a relative of Punnoth, produced travel ticket," Pazhoor said.


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    Article by: Deepti Rani

    ''I want my son to be an engineer..... I want my daughter to be a doctor..... '' Am quite sure this is a common expectation from most of the parents .
    When I passed my SSLC with 92% my parents forced me to take up Science though I was interested in Arts .
    When I passed my PU board exam with 91% my parents forced me to take up engineering although I aspired to be a lawyer . When I asked my parents "Why science ? Why not arts ?" they said " Society thinks only dull students take up arts ". Wait a second !! What is this society now ? Don't you think even my parents belong to the same society which thinks arts is meant for dull students ?
    If all parents blindly followed this cheap social mentality we wouldn't get a great teacher - Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan , great singer - Latha Mangeshkar , great advocate - K.S Hegde , great astronaut - Kalpana Chawla and so on....
    If Sachin Tendulkar's dad would force him to clear the subject that he once flunked then today the world wouldn't get 'The God of Cricket' .
    At the end of the day it's not our degree that counts but its the satisfaction that matters. We have one life . And the biggest adventure is to live the life of our DREAMS .
    Each one of us are born with a talent and nobody can beat us in that . Most of us enjoy the dance performance given by others . But when the same talent lies in our own house nobody supports it because we want to have an engineer or a doctor who can raise the family reputation.
    We often blame our system and politicians . We expect lot of development and changes in society. But we never take an initiative to bring that change ourselves . India needs young energetic leaders to bring in change .
    But unfortunately very few parents encourage their children to get into politics . To all the parents who force their children to take up a particular stream here is a piece of advice .
    Only a poet can write a beautiful poem, only a sculptor can give us a beautiful sculpture . Even a sweeper if he's really passionate about his work then his passion can make him the best sweeper that the world has ever seen.
    No work is inferior or superior in the eyes of God .
     Here is a story which I came across in one of the lectures that I attended in my college. There lived a bank manager who had a son who flunked in his PU board exams . Even at the second attempt he couldn't manage to clear the subject .
    His dad was upset that his son was ineligible to take up engineering. But his son had a high knowledge about the cars and it's functioning . So he started working at the garage.
    One fine day he came across an advertisement given by FORD car manufacturing company which was asking for a solution regarding a major car design problem .
    The advertisement mentioned that the person with best solution will be rewarded Rs 32 crores. This guy who was extremely passionate about cars approached the company with the solution .
    They implemented his design and his idea actually solved the major design problem . Thus he was awarded Rs.32 crores . He was asked to give lectures to Research and Mtech students at NIT's regarding his design .
    Further he was given a 100 crore overdraft for his next project . His dad who once considered him to be useless was now proud of him . Probably this guy wouldn't have achieved this success if he was forced to take up engineering .
    I guess this is the best example for great achievement by ordinary person with an extraordinary passion . I hope my article will motivate atleast few parents to support and encourage their children in the field that they are passionate about.
    Because THE WORLD NEEDS lawyers , singers , sportsmen , astronauts , politicians and many OTHERS TOO.

    Article by: Deepti Rani ...

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