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  • Fury as Pizza Hut offers free ANIMALS from pet shop as part of controversial meal deal

    Australia, Sep 16, 2014: The restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, has since axed the promotion after animal rights activists and social media users branded it "awful" and "irresponsible" Controversial: Pizza Hut sparked outrage for offering free pets as part of a meal deal A Pizza Hut restaurant has sparked fury by offering free animals from a nearby pet shop as part of a bizarre and controversial meal deal promotion. The fast food joint in Melbourne, Australia, erected a large sign, which read: "Buy any 10 large pizzas and get one small animal from Pets Story." It also featured a picture of a super-cute hamster. The poster prompted outrage on Twitter and Facebook, where angry animal-lovers were quick to brand the promotion "disgraceful" and "irresponsible".

    Bizarre: The Pizza Hut eatery offered a free pet with ten large pizzas Twitter user Elle Mitchell wrote: "don’t give away animals like toys as a promotion." And Staffordshire Rescue suggested an alternative deal, adding: "Maybe a donation to a local animal rescue for every 10 pizzas bought might be better." Eventually, the Mount Waverley eatery scrapped the offer and covered the the sign with white paper after pressure from Oscar’s Law, an animal rights organisation.

    Slammed: The Pizza hut restaurant in Mount Waverley, Melbourne But the animal-loving community demanded the notice be removed completely. The fast food chain has since released a statement conceding that the “thoughtless” and “inappropriate” promotion was not condoned by Pizza Hut Australia. It was also quick to highlight that no animals had been given away.

    Free: The restaurant was offering to give away animals like this furry hamster The statement read: “It has come to our attention that one of our stores have recently been running a promotion which was not approved by Pizza Hut Australia, nor was condoned in any circumstances. “We would like to sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by this. “The poster has since been taken down and all those involved have been made aware of the severity and inappropriateness of the promotion. "

    Bad idea: Pizza Hut Australia said it didn’t condone the promotion It continued: "We would like to thank Oscar’s Law and all those who have brought this to our attention this evening. “On behalf of Pizza Hut Australia we once again apologise for this thoughtless promotion ever occurring and would like to reassure you all that this matter is being seriously dealt with.” However, some customers remain unhappy, with a handful vowing never to eat anything from Pizza Hut ever again and others calling for further action against the franchise. ...

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  • Goa politicians gripe over Rs.345-crore new airport terminal

    Panaji: Once vaunted and an object for appropriation of cheap brownie points for Goa's political parties while it was being constructed, Goa's 10-month-young new airport terminal, built at a cost of Rs.345 crore ($56.5 million), is suddenly "nobody's child". The still shiny new airport building at the Dabolim International Airport, Goa's only aviation facility that functions from a military base, has now become a political hot potato for the opposition Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for being badly planned, tardy, smelly and of defective construction standards with several loose ends and even "unsafe". Inaugurated last December, Congress legislator Mauvin Godinho claims the airport is shockingly unplanned and disaster prone. "It is most shocking that they have built the parking bay for aeroplanes near fuel dumps. Who plans like this? There are so many planes parked there during peak hours and they are in danger in case of an accident. The navy (which controls the airport) should have been a bit humane and have more concern for civilian needs," Godinho told IANS. While the new airport terminal was being constructed, the Congress and its leaders repeatedly sought credit for the project, which sought to replace the old building that was much smaller and could handle only a limited number of passengers. In 2012, the old terminal handled 3.5 million tourists annually in addition to other domestic travellers. The maximum capacity for handling passengers at the old terminal was only 900 passengers per hour, but it was actually handling 2,000 passengers. The new facility built over 64,000 sq. metres has a peak-time capacity of 2,750 passengers per hour. The state is a top beach tourism destination and attracts over half a million foreign tourists every year. Environment and Forests Minister Alina Saldanha herself has been extremely critical of the airport, claiming the Airports Authority of India (AAI), a central government agency which operates the facility, blames everything on "lack of space". "Why? There is so much land available with the Indian Navy. Why could they not give more land for the project considering the growth in passenger arrivals here?" Saldanha asked while speaking to IANS. Another BJP legislator,Carlos Almeida, who represents the Vasco constituency, a stone's throw from Dabolim, has a virtual laundry list of complaints, which begins from a lack of toilets, no restaurant and the shambles the promised multi-level parking arrangement is in. South Goa MP and chairman of advisory committee of Dabolim airport Narendra Sawaikar says he has no magic wand, but claims that a list of priorities had been developed after taking stock of the problems along with a team of AAI officials. "We would all like to see a world-class, state-of-the-art airport facility in Goa because it is an international tourism destination," Sawaikar told IANS on the sidelines of an inspection carried out last Friday. He said that he had received inputs from all quarters, including passengers, on issues related to creation of parking facilities, toilets and creating a full-fledged police station, among others. "I will press for these facilities with the central government," Sawaikar said. Goa's politicians, cutting across party lines, have consistently targeted the military for "hogging" space in Goa. While top Indian Navy officers have claimed the legitimate right to the land that hosts naval base INS Hansa, which also accommodates the Dabolim airport, politicians have accused the Indian Navy of forcibly "occupying" the land after the liberation from Portugal in 1961. Complaining about the difficulty to get an Indian Army battalion to vacate and relocate from the prime land in Panaji, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2012 memorably told the state legislative assembly that "it is easier to get the army to vacate from Lahore but not from even an inch of land in Panaji". (Mayabhushan Nagvenkar can be contacted at mayabhushan.n@ians.in ) ...

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  • Yes, I have cleavage! You got problem: Deepika asks a daily

    Bangalore, Sep 15, 2014: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A famous daily experienced the wrath of, an otherwise coolheaded Deepika Padukone, when it posted a photo slidehsow on Twitter with the title ’Omg, Deepika Padukone’s cleavage’. The actress took to Twitter expressing her displeasure over the story of the publication in a series of tweets, which instantly gathered support from others on the micro-blogging website. "YES!I am a Woman.I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??", Deepika wrote on Twitter. "Don’t talk about Woman’s Empowerment when YOU don’t know how to RESPECT Women!’’ she added. The #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone hashtag became a hot trending topic on Twitter, as Deepika’s supporters started lashing out at the publication in question. As the controversy raged on the social networking site, the daily tried to control the damage by stating that the post was ’a compliment’ , which simply added fuel to burning controversy. ...

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  • Modi magic has faded: Trinamool

    Kolkata: Even as the BJP made inroads in West Bengal wining the Basirhat South assembly seat in a byelection, the ruling Trinamool Congress, which retained the Chowringhee seat, Tuesday claimed the magic surrounding Narendra Modi has faded within 100 days of coming to power at the Centre. Expressing happiness over the poll result, Trinamool national general secretary Mukul Roy asserted his party will bag more than two-thirds seats in the 2016 assembly polls. "The by-poll results across the country have now proved that within 100 days of its coming to power, the BJP has been losing people's faith in it. The Modi magic has faded and people have voted against this government which has been using central agencies with political motive," Roy told media persons here. While Trinamool's Nayana Bandyopadhyay won the Chowringhee seat, party candidate and former India football skipper Dipendu Biswas lost out to the BJP's Samik Bhattacharya by over 1,000 votes in Basirhat South. "Despite the smear campaign by the media and our rivals, people continue to repose faith in Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool. During the Lok Sabha polls, BJP led by over 30,000 votes in the Basirhat (South) segment, but we recovered more than 28,000 of that," Roy said. "We are confident of not only winning Basirhat (South), but also more than two-thirds seats in the 2016 assembly polls," he added. With the Congress and CPI-M candidates faring poorly in both constituencies, Roy said both the parties have become "irrelevant". ...

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  • Jammu-Srinagar highway re-opened after 14 days

    Jammu, Sep 16, 2014 (IANS): The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was re-opened for vehicular traffic Tuesday after it remained closed for 14 days. A statement issued by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) that maintains the over 300-km highway through which supplies of all essentials of life are routed into the landlocked Kashmir Valley said Tuesday, "After sustained effort by the BRO and the army engineers, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been opened today. "Multiple landslides were cleared with simultaneous deployment of engineers and specialist equipment coordinated by the chief engineer of army’s Northern Commmand headquarters based at Udhampur to restore this vital road. "Earlier, the military engineers restored the land link to the beleaguered Kashmir Valley from the Ladakh side on Sep 9 and cleared the Sinthan Pass route via Kishtwar on Sep 13. "The major impediment to opening the highway was a massive landslide at Ramsoo near Ramban, where over 300 metres of road had been entirely washed away leaving a sheer cliff of 80 degrees slope. The entire hillside had to be excavated afresh and the effort had to be further intensified due to a repeated landslide on 12 Sep. "Undeterred, the engineers worked night and day to make a new passage through the mountain slope. Work is now on to construct a new bridge over the Ans River near Budhal, which will be completed in two days while several Army bridges have already been constructed and over 40 landslides cleared expeditiously by the sappers (as the military engineers are called). "Clearance of remaining debris and slush on several roads in the state continues in an effort to improve traffic on all road links in the state". ...

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  • BJP retain huge margin, wins 6 assembly seats, Congress 3 in Gujarat

    Ahmedabad: The BJP retained the prestigious Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a huge margin and won six assembly seats, while the Congress won three in Gujarat. The ruling BJP also won the Vadodara Lok Sabha Sabha by over 300,000 votes. Bypolls for nine assembly seats - Maninagar, Deesa, Tankara, Khambhalia, Mangrol, Talaja, Anand, Matar and Limkheda, and one parliamentary seat - Vadodara were held Sep 13. On Tuesday, the Congress won three assembly seats - Deesa, Khambhalia and Mangrol, by a notable margin. It thanked the people for its victory. The remaining six assembly seats, including the Maninagar seat which was vacated by then chief minister Narendra Modi, were won by the BJP. “BJP candidate Ranjanben Bhatt has won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat against Congress’s nominee Narendra Rawat by a margin of 3,29,507 votes,” District Collector and returning officer in Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, Avantika Singh told PTI. Ms. Bhatt secured 5,26,763 votes out of the total 7,32,339 votes polled in the constiteuncy, while Mr. Rawat managed to get 1,97,256 votes, Ms. Singh said. In the general elections this year, Mr. Modi had set a record margin by winning the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat by 5,70,128 votes against Congress General secretary and party’s candidate Madhusudan Mistry. Mr. Modi had got 8,45,464 votes out of the total 11.63 lakhs votes polled in the seat, while Mistry managed 2,75,336 votes. According to Ms. Singh, 14,257 voters went for None of the Above (NOTA) option. Two independents in the fray lost their deposits, she said. In the 2009 elections, BJP’s Balu Shukla had won the constituency with the margin of 1.36 lakh votes. Initial trend Ruling BJP on Tuesday won four seats while the Congress bagged two out of the nine Assembly seats in Gujarat, where bypolls were held on September 13. On three other seats, where counting is underway, BJP is leading in two while Congress is ahead on one. “Congress candidates have been declared elected in Deesa and Mangrol seats,” Additional Chief Electoral officer A H Manek said. “BJP candidates have been declared elected in Maninagar, Tankara, Talaja and Matar,” Mr. Manek said. Maninagar was the seat on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerged victorious thrice as a MLA. On remaining three seats, Congress is leading in Khambhalia, while BJP is leading in Limkheda and Anand seats. All the seats were earlier held by BJP and were vacated after their sitting MLAs were elected as MPs. The by-polls are also considered as the litmus test of new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s leadership. The BJP had sought votes in the name of Mr. Modi and Ms. Patel has asked voters to gift 10 seats to him ahead of his 64th birthday. Mr. Modi will reach Ahmedabad this evening and will be present here on his birthday on Wednesday. Early trends Initial rounds of counting indicated a neck and neck fight on at least five seats in the Assembly elections. The BJP is leading in Anand, Tankara, Maninagar, Talaja and Limkheda Assembly seats while the Congress is leading in Khambalia, Matar, Mangrol and Deesa, according to election officials. A total of 45 candidates are in the fray for nine Assembly seats and four for the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Assembly seats are Maninagar (Ahmedabad), Deesa (Banaskantha), Tankara (Rajkot), Khambhaila (Devboomi Dwarka), Mangrol (Junagadh), Talaja (Bhavnagar), Anand (Anand), Matar (Kheda) and Limkheda (Dahod). A total of 50.95 per cent voter turn out was recorded in the by-elections held on September 13. In Gujarat the BJP is expecting a thumping victory by winning all the seats. Mr. Modi is also expected to be present this afternoon. The by-polls were necessitated in the nine seats as sitting BJP MLAs resigned after winning the Lok Sabha polls, including Mr. Modi, who vacated the Maninagar seat as the sitting MLA. Though all these seats were earlier held by BJP, Congress is hoping to make dent this time by leveraging the absence of Mr. Modi in Gujarat. ...

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  • Life slowly moving to normalcy in Kashmir

    Srinagar, Sep 16, 2014: After eleven days, life is slowly returning to normalcy in Kashmir but the extent of damage caused by devastating floods is still unfolding. Water has receded to a large extent in Jhelum river and the main flood canal, which kept overflowing for at least three days and caused unprecedented flooding in residential areas. A number of areas have been cleared of water while dewatering is being done in several colonies of Srinagar city by pumps of ONGC and fire services. Several areas still remain marooned, particularly in the old city, but relief material is being sent to the people who have been temporarily shifted to some safe places within the flooded areas. As the dewatering work is progressing, people, who had left their marooned houses or were evacuated, are now going back to check the damage caused to their homes. People can be seen enquiring about each other’s well- being and their relatives and friends. Each one has a story about how water suddenly started entering on September 6, first in the colonies and then into their houses. "We first thought water may rise to some level but nobody had imagined that it would come up to even 12 feet in some areas," said Mohd Shafi of Gogji Bagh area where dewatering is underway in full swing. There are reports of thefts in the houses which had been vacated. With many main roads being cleared of water, public transport has started plying in the areas where flooding has ended and movement of people has increased, leading to traffic jams at several places. Some key roads, like the one leading to the airport, continue to be inaccessible due to water-logging. The historic Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas and the vicinity of Badami Bagh Cantonment are still flooded. Shops are also being reopened with the owners trying to retrieve whatever material has escaped the water fury. The situation on availability of essential supplies, like vegetables and LPG which had suddenly become rare, is also improving. The power scenario is also better as also the communication network. With life showing signs of returning to normalcy, security forces and police personnel are also back on the roads at various places. However, the extent of damage is still unfolding. There are reports about a number of houses collapsing. Also the exact number of those who perished is also being ascertained. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the death toll in the entire Kashmir Valley is not more than 30. There are hopes that the death toll may not be much as most of the people had been evacuated to safe places in time. The rescue was conducted not only by the army, paramilitary forces and NDRF but even by locals. There are several instances of locals arranging boats or making makeshift boats to evacuate people. "A famous doctor and his wife were in the third floor and top floor of their house in Rajbagh. They were refusing to leave. But we went to them in a boat and persuaded them to leave. They are now in Pune," said Nasir Khan, a businessman of Hyderpora, who went around localities with some friends to see whoever can be evacuated. According to him, he and his friends also evacuated a lady teacher of famous Burn Hall School who had got her leg fractured in a fall. Relief trucks are also moving around in the city, distributing essentials to the people who crowd the vehicles when they halt. As the people come to terms with what happened, many of them allege that the state administration did not do enough when the tragedy struck. Senior officials, however, say they were initially unable to help as they themselves were stuck in flooded waters. "A state government can never be capable of dealing with the calamity of such a magnitude. We were ourselves crippled as phones went off and there was no way to connect with anybody," says Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Farooq Shah. He said the state authorities soon after swung into action and the Chief Minister himself was monitoring the situation. But locals in many areas are not impressed with the performance of the state administration. Some thank the army and NDRF for rescue operations but some give no credit to them. There is anger among the people at the media also, alleging that some sections did not portray the true picture. ...

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  • BJP opens an account in Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal

    New Delhi: For the BJP, which had to cede space to the Congress in Gujarat and Rajasthan, here's some cheering news. The party has finally managed to open an account in Mamata Banerjee's West Bengal, with the Basirhat Dakshin seat. But it has lost its key target - the prestigious Chowringhee in Kolkata, which the Trinamool Congress has managed to retain. The BJP's victory in smalltown Basirhat is also a comment on party chief Amit Shah's new gambit of attacking the Trinamool Congress on the Saradha Ponzi scam, which has badly hit the state's rural poor. The Basirhat seat was won by CPI(M)'s Narayan Mukhopadhyay in 2011. The by-election was caused due to his death. The victory, though with a narrow margin, comes as a shot in the arm for the BJP, which is looking to carve out a niche in Bengal. The outcome has set up the party for the municipal elections in Kolkata next year and the assembly polls in 2016. Chowringhee was won by Nayana Bandyopadhyay, wife of Sudip Bandyopadhyay, leader of the Trinamool Congress parliamentary party. She beat BJP state secretary and spokesman Ritesh Tiwary. The seat was won by Sikha Mitra of Trinamool Congress in the 2011 assembly elections. The by-election was held as the seat fell vacant after Mitra's resignation from the party. ...

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  • Narendra Modi set to arrive in Ahmedabad for the first time after becoming PM

    Ahmedabad, Sep 16, 2014: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here on Tuesday, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping reaches Gujarat. Preceding his visit, BJP president Amit Shah arrived here on Monday and was welcomed by party activists. A special dome is being raised at the airport for Modi to address party workers on his arrival. This is the first time any head of government will begin his state visit to India from Ahmedabad. Modi was Gujarat chief minister from 2001 until he became the PM in May. Modi will set aside protocol and himself receive Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Chinese President will be in India on a three-day sojourn that will also take him to Delhi. The PM will himself receive Xi on his arrival from Colombo on Wednesday afternoon. A guard of honour will be presented to Xi who will be accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and a high-level delegation. It will be the first guard of honour to any head of government on the tarmac of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport of Ahmedabad. Informed sources told a news agency that a contingent of the Indian Air Force will present the guard of honour to Xi. The Chinese President flies into India onboard a Chinese Airlines Boeing 747 aircraft. State Minister Nitin Patel said that three MoUs are likely to be signed between China and Gujarat. Ahmedabad city may become the sister city of Guangzhou. As many as 100 delegates from China and 80 Indian business tycoons will participate at delegation level meeting between Modi and Xi. ...

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  • Govt Officials having extra cash are not corrupt, says court

    Bangalore: The principal sessions judge and special judge, Bangalore rural district has ruled that mere possession of excess cash is not enough to make a corruption case. He made this observation while discharging a case against a second division assistant of the office of sub-registrar, Hoskote in Bangalore rural district on September 3. It has come as a relief to government officials, all of whom are chary about carrying cash at all, fearing Lokayukta surprise raids. The Lokayukta police wing officials raided the sub-registrar's office on August 8, 2011. During the raid, C Papanna was found possessing Rs 22,340. On that day, a sum of Rs 39,065 was received from the public towards registration charges as evidenced by receipts Nos 3379 to 3428. When asked to produce cash, he could produce only a sum of Rs 22,340 and had no explanation for the remaining amount that he should have had. The second accused in the case, an SDA, J Vishwanath, was found with Rs 23,400. He had explained that it was the amount he had received from encumbrance certificates. He produced receipts for Rs 11,950, and claimed the rest was his personal cash. Cash was recovered from several others - a total of nine persons from senior officials till the office assistant. Strangely, though the raids were in the same office on same date, only Vishwanath was chargesheeted. Vishwanath moved court, seeking discharging of his petition in April 2013. The court, which heard the case, in its judgment said that mere recovery of money was not sufficient to make a case of corruption. The court observed, "It was held by the High Court that mere possession of some money in the hands of document writers would not suggest or substantiate the offence of demand and acceptance of illegal gratification by the sub-registrar and the officials of his office,''. "It is also held that in all trap cases it would be just and necessary to have a complaint and then submit FIR to the jurisdictional court and only thereafter raid should be done. It is further held that if investigation by surprise raid in trap cases is permitted, it would demoralize the public administration and SHOs of Lokayukta police stations would tend to misuse the powers of investigation. Lastly, it is held that conduct of investigation by surprise raid in such cases in absence of FIR would be untenable." It is learnt however, that Lokayukta, will seek legal opinion on challenging the order, as it has wide ramifications for its anti corruption operations. ...

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  • Quality control for life-saving generic drugs absent, govt apathetic

    New Delhi, Sep 16, 2014: In times when the Indian government is pushing generic drugs as they are cheaper and, therefore, more affordable, there seems inadequate attention on ensuring the quality protocol of these drugs. A case in point is a life-saving drug, Liposomal Amphotericin B, which is used to treat fungal infections in critically-ill patients. Several doctors say while the need for the drug is obvious, the drug controller general of India (DCGI) has failed to ensure that pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the generic version of this drug carry out proper tests. In fact, a government-appointed expert committee had recommended action against the erring pharma companies. A letter from VM Katoch, the director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to the DCGI on June 4, calling for action against companies manufacturing and marketing untested Liposomal Amphotericin B is in circulation. ...

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  • T.Suvarna Raju to be next HAL chairman

    Bangalore: The Public Sector Enterprises Selection Board on Monday named T.Suvarna Raju as the next Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. R.K.Tyagi, the present Chairman of the Rs. 15,000 crore defence PSU, is due to superannuate at the end of January 2015. Mr. Raju, currently Director (Design & Development), was chosen from among five contenders after interviews were held in the morning. A PESB notification said the other candidates were V.M.Chamola, Director (HR) and S.Subrahmanyam, Managing Director (MiG), both from HAL; Umesh Chandra, Executive Director, BEML; and Air Marshal R.K.Dhir from the Ministry of Defence. ...

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  • By-poll Results: Samajwadi Party Wrests BJP Seats in UP, Wins On PM Modi’s Turf

    Lucknow, Sep 16, 2014: A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted about "drawing inspiration for 2017, no matter what the outcome" of by-polls in the state, his Samajwadi Party received a heartening score. The Samajwadi Party has wrested eight of 11 assembly seats vacated by the BJP and its ally and retained the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat vacated by its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Chief Minister’s father. The results are a big jolt for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in a state where the party scripted its biggest success story just four months ago. Among the BJP’s big losses is the Rohaniya seat of its ally Apna Dal, which falls within PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi. In results till now, the BJP has retained two seats and is leading in one more. "The people of UP have rejected communal forces," said an upbeat Akhilesh Yadav. Senior BJP leader and Union minister Uma Bharati said the "Modi wave" is still intact, but "state worker and leaders need to introspect." In the national election, BJP won 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats, leaving just five for the Samajwadi Party and two for the Congress. The party credited its victory to its master strategist Amit Shah, who was rewarded with the post of BJP president in July. That it has lost eight of its seats to the Samajwadi Party is a neon sign that the BJP’s strategy is faltering. The next assembly polls are three years away. The absence of the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati seems to have cost the BJP too, as votes against the party were not split. As the BJP looked set to lose most of the seats in today’s race, the spotlight was on its four-time MP Yogi Adityanath, who was the party’s star campaigner for the by-polls. Adityanath’s controversial speeches on "Love Jihad" - a term used by rightwing groups to describe what they believe is an Islamist strategy to seduce and convert Hindu women - have apparently backfired. His provocative comments contrasted sharply with the BJP’s careful retreat from the strident pro-Hindu agenda that is associated with its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and allied groups. But the party made no apparent move to rein in the firebrand saffron-robed leader. Critics accuse the party of leaning on the ’Love Jihad’ campaign to polarise voters. ...

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  • One dies, several injured as antique tree falls on them

    Mysore: One person died and others were injured after a tree fell over them in the city near the Mysore Palace on Tuesday September 16. The tree which is 1800 years old is situated near the famous Kotemaramma temple and a large number of devotees gather around the tree. The deceased woman identified as 60-year-old, Susheelamma, was on her visit to the temple among others when the tree fell over her and other temple visitors. All the injured were admitted to the hospital; however Susheelamma succumbed to her injuries. It is also learnt that there were children among the injured. The police along with the fire department rushed to the rescue of the injured. As soon as the news spread district representatives such as Mysore MP Pratap Simha, Mysore District in-Charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad, MLA Vasu, DC C Shikha and others visited the spot. There are also reports that people are still stuck under the tree and the rescue operations are on. More details are awaited. ...

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  • BJP wins one Bengal seat, Trinamool demands recount

    Kolkata, Sep 16, 2014 (IANS): After 15 long years, the BJP will have a representative in the West Bengal assembly. Party candidate Shamik Bhattacharya Tuesday won the Basirhat (South) seat in the bypolls, while the state’s ruling party Trinamool retained the Chowringhee seat. Bhattacharya defeated Trinamool candidate and former soccer captain Dipendu Biswas in a hard-fought battle by a slender margin of over thousand votes. The constituency in North 24-Parganas district had elected Left Front major CPI-M candidate Narayan Mukherjee, emerging triumphant despite rout in the 2011 assembly polls. Mukherjee’s death necessitated the bypoll. But continuing its poor show in the state, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Mrinal Chakrabarty finished third. Congress candidate Asit Majumdar was fourth. In 1999, Badal Bhattacharya had won the Ashoknagar assembly seat - that too in a by-election. It was the only time in past that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had an MLA in the state. However, the BJP was in alliance with the Trinamool that time. However, Shamik Bhattacharya is yet to receive a certificate as the Election Commission is looking into an appeal from the Trinamool for a recount. Chowringhee, in the heart of Kolkata, saw Nayna Bandopadhyay defeat the BJP’s Ritesh Tiwari by 14,344 votes. Bandopadhyay, actress wife of Trinamool parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, secured 38,328 votes, while Tiwari got 23,984 votes. Congress candidate Santosh Pathak was a close third with 23,317 votes. The CPI-M’s Faiaz Ahmed Khan finished with 8,890 votes at the fourth position. Chowringhee went to the hustings prematurely after the resignation of Trinamool legislator Sikha Mitra, who won the 2011 election but quit the party. Polling for both the seats was held Sep 13. ...

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  • Ex McDonald's employees caught in heist

    Bangalore: A former McDonald’s outlet manager, and 4 staffers (3 ex, one current) who robbed the Jayanagar outlet on Sept. 8th have been arrested. The arrested are Abhishek, 19, Shashidar, 21, Prashanth, 20, Akash, 18, and Keshava, 19, all residents of Jaraganahalli, JP Nagar, Ragigudda and Jayanagar respectively. All the thieves are pursuing their graduation and were working as part time employees of McDonald’s. While Shashidhar was working in the same outlet, others worked in other branches. The robbery took place on September, 8th. A group of three miscreants gained entry into the McDonald's outlet in fourth block, Jayanagar located close to the police station, at around 3.15 am. They wore helmets to mask their identity and rushed in when an employee opened the door to evacuate garbage. Inside the outlet were two employees. They waved sickles and attacked them with a log of wood and robbed Rs: 2 Lakh cash and gift voucher coupons from the cash box. Then they fled. Police sources indicated that Shashidhar, the former manager who had quit a few months ago, who was working as a manager in the McDonald's was the mastermind. Abhishek was the Judas, who opened the door for them, ostensibly to throw the waste and the one who called the police after his accomplices had left. As they were insiders they knew of the CCTV’s installed, and prevented the CCTV footage from identifying them, by wearing helmets. It is learnt, that in the end, Abhishek spilt the beans. After the robbery, some of them went to Tirupati, and others to different places. Abhishek was given a sum of Rs 10,000 and asked to continue working, so that no one would suspect him. Sources said that the police have recovered Rs 1.8 lakh cash and coupons from the arrested. The rest apparently has been spent by the accused. ...

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  • Kannur: Manoj Murder Case:Police arrest CPM Activist

    Kannur, Sep 16 : In a major breakthrough in the probe into the murder of Manoj of the RSS, the Crime Branch special probe team on Monday night arrested a CPM activist. C Prakasan, the managing director of Patyam Social Service Society, is the arrested. He was booked on charges of assisting Vikraman, the key suspect in the case, to go in hiding, the police sources said. According to police, Prakasan with the assistance of a CPM activist Ramachandran took Vikraman to a cooperative hospital in Payyanur where he was given treatment for injuries. Vikraman had stayed in Payyanur and Kannur after the incident, the police said. According to police, Vikraman was taken to Kannur in a blue Innova car after the incident. From Kannur he was shifted to an Alto car and taken to Payyannur. “Prakashan followed him in the official vehicle of the society, a Mahindra Bolero bearing the registration number KL 58 C 1717 to Payyanur. The vehicle is registered in the name of CPM district secretary P Jayarajan. After the treatment at Payyanur Vikraman returned to Kannur a day before he surrendered before the Magistrate. “He stayed in the outskirts of Kannur in the night and reached Kannur town in a goods autorickshaw on the day of surrender. And he reached the court riding on pillion of a two-wheeler,” police said. Police added that Vikraman had earlier underwent treatment for de-addiction in Bangalore. There are unconfirmed reports that the man who rode the two-wheeler carrying Vikraman to the court was also taken into custody. With the arrest of Prakasan, a close aid of CPM district leaders, it has become obvious that the party would land in further crisis after the T P Chandrasekharan murder case. The probe team had served notices on several local leaders of the CPM during the last few days and many branch secretaries of the party and Kathirur local committee secretary had appeared before the probe team. ...

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  • Congress Makes a Comeback in Vasundhara Raje's Rajasthan Too

    New Delhi: If the Congress' gaining a toehold in Narendra Modi's Gujarat comes as a shock for the BJP, news from Vasundhara Raje's Rajasthan is worse. The party, which made a roaring comeback in the state after a decade - winning 162 of the 200 assembly seats and all 25 Lok Sabha seats - has lost in three of the four assembly seats in the by-elections. The Congress had won in all three - Surajgarh, Weir and Nasirabad. But in Nasirabad, the winning margin of party candidate Ramnarayan Gujjar being just over 300 votes, a recount is on. The result in Surajgarh will come as a particular shock for Chief Minister Raje, since the party candidate, former health minister Digambar Singh, was handpicked by her. The Congress winner from Surajgarh was Shrawan Kumar. Bhajanlal won from Weir. The silver lining for the BJP was the Kota South seat, where party candidate Sandeep Sharma won with a small margin. The Congress had been in power in the state for a decade before being voted out in the assembly polls last year. The voting trend will now vindicate Congress' new state chief, Sachin Pilot, who had dug in his heels after the party's rout in the general elections. By-polls in Rajasthan became necessary after the sitting MLAs - Sanwar Lal Jat (Nasirabad), Om Birla (Kota-South), Santosh Ahlawat (Surajgarh) and Bahadur Singh Koli (Weir) - resigned from the assembly following their election to Lok Sabha. ...

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  • Mangalore to be first city in the state to go kerosene free

    Mangalore: District in-charge minister B. Ramanath Rai said that the district administration has initiated the process of declaring Mangalore a kerosene-free city and is ready to provide domestic gas connection to households at a subsidised price. With this, Mangalore will be the first city in the state to go kerosene free, he said. Addressing reporters in the DC’s office on Tuesday, September 16, the minister said that in the first phase, the provision will apply to those households which come under the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) and Ullala town municipal. The minister said that Mangalore is the first to initiate the programme. He said most developed countries do not use kerosene. "It’s harmful to health and the environment", he added. A note circulated at the press meet stated that the population under the Mangalore City Corporation and Ullala Town municipal is 5,75,000. Of the total 73,465 ration card holders, as many as 19,781 families come under BPL and AAY. Among the BPL card holders, nearly 12,000 families already have gas connections. If 7,500 families shift to gas connections, MCC and Ullala will be kerosene free cities, it stated. The Deputy Commissioner said that the BPL cardholders have to approach Mangalore City Corporation where officials will arrange for them to get gas connections using the funds available with the corporation for the welfare of SCs/STs (22.75%), families from economically weaker section of society (7.25%) and those with disabilities (3%). Those in Ullal should approach the Ullal Town Municipal Council. To those households who don’t come under these categories, he said the district administration has made arrangement for bank loans. The SCDCC bank is ready to pay Rs 4,000 for each household with a monthly installment facility of Rs 200. Besides, he said that the department of Food and Civil Supplies will stop issuing kerosene to fair price shops for the ration card holders after providing gas connections. Special camps To simplify the process of applying for the gas connections, the district administration will organize a special camp on October 8-9 and 18-19, in places such as Lal Bagh, Surathkal, Kavoor and Ullal. Each camp will have representatives from the Food and Civil Supplies Department, bank and gas distributors. With this, the district administration is contemplating to provide gas connections to all the households and declare the city as kerosene free on November 1. The public can contact 1072, or 0824-2220571 for further information. ...

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  • Ice-cream man molests 12 year old girl; arrested

    Moodbidri: Police held a man for allegedly attempting to molest a 12 year old girl by luring her with ice cream here on September 15. The arrested is identified as Farooq(26), a resident of Pucchemogaru and a father of two kids. He used to sell Shetty Ice Cream from Bantwal in a tempo. The girl, daughter of Shekhar, a resident of Shirlalu in Karkala was staying at her grand father Babu Nalke's house in Kakkebettu. On September 14, the girl was returning home after buying some things from a nearby shop. Meanwhile Farooq who was on the same way stopped the rickshaw tempo and allegedly lured the victim to go with him on the pretext of providing Ice Cream. When she refused to go with him, he stopped the vehicle and tried to touch her chest. However the accused escaped from the spot when she screamed for help. Her grandfather who had gone to graze cattle saw her and rescued her. A complaint was filed at Moodbidri police station. On Monday police arrested the accused and he was produced in the court. He has been sent for judicial custody of 15 days. Panambur ACP Ravikumar is further investigating the matter. ...

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  • Academy comes out with the Unicode version of Tulu script

    Mangalore: The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy on Monday released the Unicode version of Tulu script, bringing the language spoken by at least 35 lakh people of coastal districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod on the world language platform. The academy termed it a major milestone towards getting the language included in the Eighth Schedule of the constitution. At present, the majority of the Tulu works are written in Kannada as the Tulu script is not being taught nor used by common people. K.P. Rao, who worked with M.J Thomas of Manipal prearing the software for Tulu script, said that the base framework for Tulu and Malayalam scripts were almost similar. Preparing a Unicode software was important, as different people came out with Tulu works in different scripts. Hence, the academy constituted a committee headed by Dr. Radhakrishna and comprising Venkataraja Punanchittaya and S.A. Krishnaiah. Dr. Radhakrishna said while other languages including Kannada and Malayalam passed through different state, Tulu had no intermediary stage; it straightway reached the Unicode stage from finalization of the script. With the digitization of the script, the language is now recognized by its own script in the world platform, as a free source for everyone. However, it may not help all the Tulu speakers and writers, as many are more familiar with Kannada script, he added. Editor of Tulu dictionary U.P Upadhyaya released a CD of Tulu in Unicode. Academy chairperson Janaki Brahmavar shared the dais.

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  • UT Khader seeks probe into recent drama at Mangalore Airport

    Mangalore: The recent chaos at the Mangalore International Airport on Saturday has caught the attention of Karnataka minister for health and family welfare U T Khader on Monday September 15, wherein he has demanded an explanation from authorities concerned to the trouble dealt by a passenger. A resident of Uppala, 29-year-old Abdul Khader, the passenger was troubled by the MIA authorities after a faulty swollen tab battery that exposed the circuitry of the tab forced airport security to detain him claiming it to be explosive. Abdul, who was scheduled to take the Dubai flight and join work there on Sunday, had to go through a lot of crisis due to the episode. In a statement released here, the minister said a memorandum will be sent to the union ministry for civil aviation demanding a thorough probe in to the chain of events that led to an impression that Abdul Khader was carrying explosives. The minister said the people have a right to know where the lapses occurred leading to the incident being blown out of proportion. Noting that prima facie lapses are seen on part of Jet Airways staff, the minister demanded a probe. Abdul was supposed to take the Jet Airways 9W352 flight at 11.15 pm on Saturday to Dubai when security personnel detained him at MIA after they found 'exposed' circuitry inside his bag. The minister said the security personnel could have handled the situation with far greater tact rather than getting hyper over the situation. Abdul finally left for Dubai, 24-hours later on Sunday by a Jet Airways flight after the local law enforcement agencies cleared him. ...

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  • KSRTC gearing up to break private bus monopoly in Mangalore

    Mangalore, Sep 16, 2014: Amid private bus operators’ opposition to its entry, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is gearing up to operate city buses in Mangalore, Udupi and Shimoga with funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The corporation has sought permission to operate 35 buses each from the Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs) of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi for Mangalore and Udupi cities while the Shimoga RTA had already granted permits to operate 65 buses in Shimoga town and 35 in adjacent Bhadravathi town. KSRTC’s repeated attempts to penetrate the private bus-dominated markets in southern Karnataka were being opposed by private operators, primarily before the RTAs whenever the corporation’s applications came up for consideration. Upping their ante further, the operators wrote to the Union Ministry of Urban Development that regulates JNNURM scheme in January this year, not to release funds to KSRTC to run city buses in the three cities. The DK Bus Operators’ Association in its letter said the JNNURM funding was applicable only where organised transport system was absent whereas cities of Mangalore and Udupi had the city bus system since pre-independence days. The association further argued that Deputy Commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts had prohibited issue of fresh permits through District Magistrate (DM) notifications for buses to enter central parts of the respective cities in 1993 and 1994, owing to the increased number of vehicles. However, the KSRTC took strong objections to this letter and argued that private operators were attempting to create monopoly on the roads; they had no right to object the corporation’s entry. The DM notifications applied to stage carriages (private buses) and not KSRTC, which is governed by the route nationalisation scheme under the Motor Vehicles Act, it said. Private operators then made another fresh attempt by approaching the Karnataka High Court seeking restrictions to issue fresh permits to KSRTC for the cities of Mangalore, Udupi and Shimoga. The court, however, turned down their plea in April this year and said it could not issue blanket directions to the RTAs and asked the private operators to raise their objections before the respective RTA. The State government on August 1 wrote to the Ministry of Urban Development to release the first instalment of funds under JNNURM for the city services scheme. Funds are expected shortly, said a senior KSRTC official. ...

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  • Protesters set deadline to meet demands of Dalits, farmers

    Moodbidri: Various organizations confronted the Shirthady gram panchayat with regards to issues such as implementation of Reservations and funds for dalits, titles and door number, transparency in BPL system, concretization of road in Shirthady gram panchayath limits and other such issues. Karnataka Farmer's association, Committee for dalit rights, Janavadi Women association, and DYFI association held a demonstration in front of panchayath and agitated, recently. Karnataka Farmer's association secretary K Yadava Shetty while addressing the protesters said that benefits given by the government have been going in the hands of those who can afford not the dalits and poor. Beneficiaries also have the right to know about complete information regarding benefits they get from government. It is suspected that the funds or the grants reserved for the dalits have been used for other works, he accused. Udyoga Khatari Yojane village director Savitha, Panchayath president Lakshman, PDO Dr Manohar gave some details of schemes to the protesters and tried to clarify the issue. However the associations warned of holding protest if they do not meet up the demands such as privileges to dalits and handicapped, house and sites for the villagers in the next 15 days. Dalit rights committee district Co-convenor Lingappa Nanthoor, Muncipality member Ramani, Appu Poojary, Jayaram Poojary, Shankar Valpady, Krishnappa Konaje, Aboobakkar, Jalajakshi Shetty and others were present. ...

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  • "Asianet" digital cable TV arrives in Mangalore city

    Mangalore, Sep 16, 2014: Inaugurating their office at City Trade Center, opposite City Hospital, Kadri, Asianet Satellite Communication Limited launched its digital cable TV service here on Monday September 15.



    G Sankarnarayana, the president and chief operating officer said that Asianet Satellite Communications Limited has been serving over the past two decades in Kerala with cable TV, broadband internet and television channels and now for the first time has arrived in Mangalore. It will offer digital cable TV service o start with and provide 200-plus video channels, premium HD channels and 20-plus Kannada channels. Dr Bhasker Shetty, MD of City Hospital Research and Diagnostic Centre said, "Media is the fourth pillar of democracy. Media has responsibility to disseminate important and useful information to the society. Channels, should work with social concern. Better society can be created only if media gives positive information to society." G Shreekumar, Regional Business Head, Mangalore, Rajeev, M P Ramachandran and other were present. Press Release highlights : Asianet Satellite Communication Limited with digital cable TV service provides high speed internet to subscribers. 200-plus video channels, 20-plus Kannada channels, premium HD channels and digital set-top boxes are available in high definition and standard definition. Digital Set Top boxes are manufactured by CISCO, a global leader for digital and broadband solutions. Next generation digital TV with high definition set-top boxes, smart STBs with HD quality picture and recording facility will also be available. Asianet partnered with CISCO, for digital solutions, set top boxes and broadband network. The strength of CISCO world class videos and broadband solutions unquiely positions Asianet to offer a high quality TV watching exeperience to its subscribers. Asianet plans to introduce 350 channels, including 25 high definition channels and advanced services such as HD, HD DVR, multi screen viewing and movie on demand. Asianet will be rolling out value added service with VOD (video on demand) to digital customers and will also extend digital TV services to different platforms such as smart phones, tablets, stated a press release. ...

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  • Sri Krishna Mutt all set with Krishna Ashtami Preparations

    Udupi: The preparations are underway here for the celebration of Sri Krishna Ashtami on Tuesday September 16 and following for Vittla Pindi. The car street is all decked up with colourful flowers, toys and fancy items for the most jubilant occasion of the district, here at the temple town. The extravagance of Sri Krishnaleelothsava is cherished by people from different places. ‘Muddu Krishna’ and ‘Rangoli’ competitions will be held today on September 16 as a part of the occasion. Other competitions and rituals will follow, one such ritual ‘Arghya pradhana’, in which the clay idol of Krishna is offered milk and holy water in the main temple is when the Janmastami commence, after which the celebration continues for days together. Sri Krishna Jayanti and Sri Krishna Leelothsava was started on September 11 and will end on September 19, at Sri Krishna Mutt. Around Over 1.5 lac Chakkuli and 75,000 Laddus are prepared for the festivity, as an offering. The car street surrounding Sri Krishna Mutt, has also been decorated with wooden Gopura, for the grand festivities of Vittla Pindi. The Tiger Dance competition also known as the Huli Vesha will be organized for the festivity. As a part of Sri Krishna Leelothsava, the folk dance programmes and most entertaining ‘Mosaru Kudike’ will be held, moreover a team of men and women will come from Mumbai to perform ‘Mosaru Kudike celebrations at Car Street. A two-day State level photography contest ‘Tamron Colours off Sri Krishna’ would be held until September 17. More than 8 Lac prizes will be distributed for various competitions. Like every year, the chanting of bhajans will be held by various bhajan mandals sponsored by Sri Krishna Seva Samiti.

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  • BJP-Sena seat-sharing talks hit stalemate as Uddhav questions 'Modi wave'

    A major crisis erupted in the saffron alliance in Maharashtra on Sunday, with the BJP calling off seat-sharing talks with ally Shiv Sena - apparently after its chief, Uddhav Thackeray, questioned the much-talked-about 'Modi wave' in an interview to a TV channel. State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Devendra Fadanvis, while talking to Hindustan Times, confirmed the development. "There is huge discontent among our rank and file over the statements made by the Sena leadership against our leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a television programme on Saturday. "This has reached our higher-ups. Now, we have decided that we will not make any effort anymore to talk to them on seat-sharing," Fadanvis said, adding it was up to the Sena to make the next move. The BJP's tough stand is the latest chapter in an episode of unease with the Shiv Sena ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections slated for October 15 and casts doubts on the future of the alliance which seemed frontrunner in the polls following its spectacular showing in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. The BJP and its allies, including the Shiv Sena won 42 of the 48 seats in the state in the general elections. But, differences cropped up in the coalition over seat-sharing talks in the 25-year-old alliance. The Shiv Sena wants to stick to the 2009 formula - when it fought 169 seats and the BJP 119 of the 288 assembly seats in the state. But, this time the BJP wants more. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said on Saturday his party would get the top job in the state, making his ambitions for the chief minister's post clear. The Shiv Sena had also issued a veiled warning against the coalition partner, saying "excessive lust" for seats will not do it any good. Talking to TV channel Aaj Tak on Saturday, Uddhav had also questioned the so-called Modi wave, which the BJP claims was instrumental behind the National Democratic Alliance's landslide victory in the general elections. "Was the Modi wave felt in Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha and West Bengal? It depends on alliance partners as well. Modi is Prime Minister of our alliance." According to BJP sources, Fadnavis got a call from Delhi and was told to officially declare that the talks between the two parties cannot continue if the Sena uses such tactics and makes such statements against the BJP. "Such statements are undesirable prior to the election and everyone should refrain from making such utterances," BJP's Maharashtra in-charge, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, said on Sunday, adding the CM post issue should be discussed after elections. On the seat-sharing talks, Rudy said, "The proposal is whatever seats are left - after smaller parties in the alliance get their due - the BJP and Shiv Sena will divide them equally." According to Rudy, the BJP and Shiv Sena will be left with around 270 seats after smaller parties are allotted around 18 seats. "In this case we are expecting for somewhere around 135 seats." Parties such as the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, RPI, Rashtriya Samaj Party and the Shiv Sangram have joined hands with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to contest polls. The Shiv Sena did not officially react to the BJP move to call off the talks. A party leader, on condition of anonymity, said that the problems would be sorted out only if Uddhav and BJP president Amit Shah discussed the issue. Shah will be in Mumbai on September 17 for a BJP programme, and the Sena is hoping that the two leaders will meet to finalise the seats. But now BJP leaders are skeptical. "With this development, the only way that this meeting can happen is that the Sena leadership goes more than halfway and meets him in Delhi," a senior BJP leader said. The last date for nomination filing is September 27. ...

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  • Professor shocks students with rape remark while teaching Animal Farm

    While George Orwell’s 1945 dystopian allegory Animal Farm is a savage indictment of Stalinism and Nazism, it certainly has nothing to do with the theme of rape. So, students of the city-based Sanghavi Kesari College in Chinchwad were left dumbfounded when an English professor reportedly remarked that “if rape was inevitable, then girls ought to enjoy it”, while purporting to explain a chapter from the novella. The gratuitous remark, which the professor justified by a flimsy reference to Animal Farm, has led to a storm of protest amongst students, who also questioned the professor’s past conduct during his tenure in the college. “There’s nothing in Animal Farm that warrants such a remark. Furthermore, he [the professor] used to passing lewd remarks at us in the past, even making unsavoury comments towards pregnant women,” said a first-year female student. On Wednesday, the college was stormed by irate students, corporators and youth leaders of political parties, who damaged the principal’s car. Around 100 students later staged a protest against the professor, lambasting him for his callous and insensitive attitude towards women and demanding his suspension. “We are extremely upset at his [the professor’s] behaviour. A series of holidays prevented us from voicing our disgust at his attitude towards girl students,” said one of the senior students. While the college administration initially denied charges, the professor caved in to the pressure and tendered an apology in public. He said he had referred to certain passages from the book while teaching communication to a Commerce class. “The teacher has apologised for his comments and said he would behave in the future. No complaint has been lodged against him,” said Principal Kailash Bavle, who said he was not present in the college when the incident occurred. ...

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  • Sailor commits suicide on Indian Navy ship

    Mumbai: A sailor allegedly committed suicide on a ship of the Indian Navy, an official statement said Thursday. According to the statement, the case was reported Thursday morning, and the sailor was rushed to the naval hospital here INHS Asvini. The sailor, however, could not survive. "Preliminary investigations in the case have been initiated and a board of inquiry will be convened soon," the statement said. Navy officials, however, did not name the ship. ...

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  • Karnataka Sangha Qatar Celebrates 'Engineers Day'

    Doha/Qatar: Karnataka Sangha Qatar, a frontline community in Doha-Qatar celebrates ‘Engineers Day’ in fond of the great son of India "Bharata Ratna Sir M.Vishveshvarayya's 154th Birthday" at Ashoka Hall,ICC Qatar. The program starts at 7.00PM with enlighten of Jyothi. Engr. Khalid Al Mansouri - CTO, Ooredoo Global Services was chief guest on the occasion. Mr. Ravi Shetty, MD of Advance Technical Services and Mr. P.S.Pai , Advisor of KEMCO were guest of honor during the function. A documentary video film on Vishveshvarayya has been shown at the occasion. Meanwhile Mr. Manjunath Rao - Actg GM-QALEX, Mr. John D'souza, Mr. Subramanya Hebbagilu - QA/QC Engr GALFAR deliver guest speech on Engineering Subjects. President Deepak shetty, Vice president Nagesh Rao & General Secretary Mahesh Gowda escorts the guest to stage. Function followed by felicitation to Ravi shetty and P.S.Pai for their great contribution in engineering field. Ravi Shetty a graduate in B.E. MBA worked in engineering field from past 2 decades and also as a philanthropist, as a industrialist has helped many coastal Karnataka engineers to get into job in his own company ATS. Meanwhile P.S.Pai also an active member of community and has discharge different level of duty in KEMCO and now servicing as advisor. Deepak shetty proposed welcome key note; Mahesh Gowda proposed vote of Thanks. M.C of the day Tufail Mohammed compere the whole day event. Large number of members took part in the program. The function concluded with Tea & snacks.


































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  • MVCA celebrates 'Monthi Fest' in Dubai

    Dubai: ‘Udenthichim Neketram’, Moodbidri Varado Catholic Association (MVCA) celebrated ‘Monthi Fest’ and ‘Novem Jevonn’ at Institute of Applied Technology - Al Quasis, Dubai on Friday, September 12, 2014. The day program commenced with a prayer dance by talented 'Ocean Kids dance institute'. President, Mr. Arun Dsouza warmly welcomed the audience; he thanked the sponsors and well wishers for supporting and strengthening MVCA for the last 10 years. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest of the programme Mr. Roni D'cunha (Chairman Volunteer sodality, St. Mary’s church Dubai.), admired the unity between 13 parishes of Udenthichim Neketram. He wished all the very best for decennial celebration of the association. 'Your sacrifice for your children & family is great' he said to domestic helps, who were specially invited for the celebration and present in good numbers. The main part of the event, venerating and glorifying our infant mother Mary, was led by our own Fr.Valerian Fernandes as per religious custom with children proceeding in a procession and showering flowers, to the rhythm of “Sakkad Sangatha Melyam” and “Mariyek Hogolsiam”. It was a blessed ambience when whole audience joined the beat. In his message Fr.Valerian talk about importance of Mother Mary in our lives and wished everyone a happy family feast. Sugarcane was distributed to everyone present at the programme, which brought back golden memories of childhood days for many. To encourage the talents within Moodbidri Varado and also for Mangalorean Catholics a ‘Talent Show’ was held. Many participants showed their talents in different fields, which was much appreciated by audience. All participants were honoured as a token of appreciation for their lovely performance. Skits from talented artists Joel Correa & team, Alwyn Pinto and Team of Udenthichim Neketram and Dances from Lorin and team, Venisha & Team and Ocean Kids group were entertained the audience. Housie game was ably conducted by Richard Saldanha & attractive prizes were distributed to the winners. Lunch was served in banana leaf and was a traditional treat of variety of vegetables and Vorn from Al Shay Restaurant. Every one relished it and altogether a typical Mangalorean atmosphere could be felt. Music was provided by DJ Clevan. Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr.Jhon Rego. The Entire programme was compered by Joshve Dsouza and kept audience entertained with his humorous touch. The program concluded at 4.30pm and the audience of about 250 enjoyed it to the full and expressed their satisfaction and gave positive reviews.





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  • MCC Celebrates Monthi Fest with Zeal

    Qatar: Mangaloreans in Qatar celebrated Monthi Fest in a typical Mangalorean style by sharing the new corns and then joining together for 'novem jevann' at Al Ghazal hall on 12th Sep Friday evening. Mr. Eric Correa, philanthropist & Managing Trustee of Souharda foundation, was the chief guest of the grand function. Fr. Anand Castelino OFM Cap of Our Lady of Rosary church Qatar was guest of honour. President Norbert corda, vice president Prakash Noronha, Philanthropist Jerry D’mello escorted the guests to the stage. The function was followed by felicitation to those who served MCC community- Cultural secretary Riana pinto, and former president Sunil D’silva, David D’souza and sports secretary Alexious castelino. MCC felicitated them for their great service to community and outside community. The academic achievers Brian Danty, Mitchelle Machado,Samantha Fernandes, Aaron Mendonca, Linitha Pinto, Richelle Andrade, Alric Dsouza, Andria Dsouza, Neil Dsouza, Jessica Dsouza, Nadine dsouza, Naveen D’Almeida, Joyline Dmello, Royston Buthello, Amelita Martis, Aaron Pinto and Candida Rodrigues were honoured with mementos. Meanwhile MCC honoured Eric Correa for his great social work. Newsletter “Sugandh” was also released during the occation. Fr.Anand blessed “Nove Jevon” prepared from new corn. The function was followed with colourful cultural programme. Clarissa, christle, Alphonse D’silva , Eva Wilma & Glen carlo entertained the audience with melodious songs, meanwhile the foot tapping dances by Joylene D’Mello group and Mishal Lobo group were applauded from the audience. Aloysius Dsouza, Merlyn Dsouza, Anil Cutinha & Savious Crasta entertained the audience with a skit. MCC members together prepared pure Vegetarian food for more than 1000 members. TKQ president Ravi Shetty, KSQ president Deepak shetty and other Karnataka based community members joined the function to celebrate festival. Alexious Castelino proposed vote of thanks and Rita compered the whole event.



























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