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  • New Delhi: Footballer in India Loses his Life While Celebrating a Goal

    New Delhi (AFP): A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, on Monday.

    Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday.

    As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates jumped on him to celebrate before they realised the extent of the injury and summoned an stretcher to rush him to hospital.

    Biaksangzuala died on Sunday after his condition deteriorated in hospital as doctors attempted to repair his damaged spine, the newspaper quoted hospital staff as saying.

    Lal Hmar, a football official in Mizoram state, told reporters in capital Aizawl that the young footballer had donated his eyes before his death. (ISL: Youth Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Delhi Dynamos - Atletico de Kolkata Match)

    "Peter was a very talented player who dreamt of playing in the national league," Hmar said. "His death has come as a big shock to all of us. We all thought he will recover."

    Hmar said the local association was planning to hold a charity match in Biaksangzuala's memory. Footballers are known to injure themselves while celebrating a goal, but there is no recorded instance of it causing a death. ...

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  • Dhaula Kuan gangrape case: Life sentence for all 5 accused

    New Dehli, Oct 20: A court in New Delhi on Monday awarded life sentence to all the five men convicted in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case.

    The accused have also been fined Rs.50,000 each.

    Last week, the court had held all five accused - Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin - in the 2010 gangrape of a BPO employee guilty.

     The five men were tried for the abduction and gangrape of the 30-year-old call centre executive in Dhaula Kuan area of south Delhi.

    According to the police, the five men abducted the woman, who was from the northeast, on November 24, 2010 while she was walking home with a friend after her shift ended. The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gangraped her, and left her on an isolated road there.

    The five were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana. They have claimed innocence, saying they were falsely implicated in the case.

    After the incident, Delhi Police ordered all the BPO companies in Delhi and the National Capital Region to ensure proper safety for women working late as they are picked and dropped to their homes.


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  • 10 feared killed in Andhra firecrackers unit blast

    Hyderabad, Oct 20, 2014, IANS:  At least 10 people were feared killed in a blast in a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district Monday, police said.

    The accident took place in a building in Vakatippa village in the coastal district. Firecrackers were being manufactured illegally in the building, they said.

    Huge flames engulfed the premises. Two fire engines have reached the spot to douse the flames.

    Rescue workers were seen shifting the injured to nearby hospitals.  Officials said the toll may go up as at least 20 people were working in the unit at the time of the blast.


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  • India lagging behind in medical research: PM Narendra Modi

    New Delhi, Oct 20, 2014:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and more work should be done.

    "India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and much more needs to be done... We should focus on research, particularly on case history. This can be a big contribution to humankind," Modi said while addressing the 42nd annual convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

    He also suggested a tradition be introduced of having special guests at convocation ceremonies.

    "Can we start a tradition of having special guests at convocation? By special guests I mean some selected Class 8-9 students from a village school. They should be invited so that they can see what the world is all about," Modi said.

    Cheered and applauded by audiences, Modi said: "This will arouse curiosity in the student, help him dream and will have a big impact."

    Asking the passing out batch to keep the student in them alive, the prime minister said: "Do not think your student life has ended here...The thirst for knowledge and learning must never stop."

    He said that at the AIIMS "you were very protected. There was always someone to help you - from seniors to faculty".

    He said the students were now entering a bigger classroom where they have to take their decisions on their own.


    Courtesy: Zeenews


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  • Chennai: Rajinikanth and Maneka Gandhi express support to Jayalalithaa

    Chennai, Oct 19 (IANS) Actor Rajinikanth and union minister Maneka Gandhi Sunday expressed their happiness at the return of AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa to her home here.

    "I am very glad to have you back in Poes Garden. Praying for good times for you. Always wishing you well for good health and peace," Rajinikanth said in a letter to Jayalalithaa, the text of which was released to the media here by the AIADMK.

    Rajinikanth is also a resident of the posh Poes Garden locality.

    In her letter to Jayalalithaa, Maneka Gandhi said: "This is just to let you know that I am deeply sorry that this has happened."

    Gandhi told Jayalalithaa that she has her support and sympathy and she would be happy to do anything to make this time less onerous.

    "I am sure this time will be over soon and we will see you formally back at the helm of administration again," Gandhi said, in the letter which was also released to the media.

    A special court in Bangalore Sep 27 convicted Jayalalithaa in the Rs.66.65-crore disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to four years of simple imprisonment, with a fine of Rs.100 crore under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

    She was released on bail Saturday.


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  • Modi to address joint session of Australian parliament

    Melbourne, Oct 20, 2014, PTI:  Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to address the gallery of Australian member of parliamentarians and leaders at a special joint sitting of Federal Parliament after he attends the G20 leaders’ Summit in Brisbane next month.

    While several MPs have expressed their delight and happiness for him to make his maiden trip as the PM, there are speculations that he would be delivering his historic address in Hindi like he has done in the past in other parts of the world.

    Labor Senator from Tasmania Lisa Singh said Modi’s speech in Hindi would mean he was bringing in respect, culture and strengths of India to Australia.

    "I think it shows that he is bringing the respect, the culture and strengths of India to Australia. And I think it is important that he makes this journey to our country," 42-year old Singh, who is the first federal Parliamentarian of Indian origin, said.

    "Addressing our parliament is incredibly dignified moment. I don’t mind which language he addresses our Parliament," she said.

    "I think if it gives more respect to Indian diaspora to address them in Hindi then he should do so. He has been doing so in other parts of the world and he is someone who recognises that India is a unique country and for its uniqueness I can understand that he wants to speak in his native tongue," she added. "As Australians we should respect that," Singh said.

    She said that on her recent visit to India she felt that there was a new feeling of hope across the country with Modi at the helm.

    "He has galvanised India," she said adding that she was looking forward to meet him when he is here.

    Modi is due to address a special joint sitting of federal Parliament next month after he attends G20 leaders’ summit on November 15-16. Other leaders who would also address the special sitting are British PM David Cameron and Chinese president Xi Jinping.

    Rory Medcalf of Sydney-based think-tank Lowy Institute said the news of Modi addressing the Australian Parliament was a welcome sign of how far relations between Australia and India have advanced.

    "And it would do no harm if Modi gave his address in Hindi. He is a brilliant orator in that language, and it would be a nice reminder to Australians that this is one of the fastest-growing languages in this country – and that the English language has no monopoly on democracy," Medcalf said.

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  • BJP's dynamic duo: Modi-Shah do it again in Haryana, Maharashtra

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi has yet again proved the skeptics wrong. Popular verdict has clearly shown that his charisma has lasted longer than many thought it would. The BJP taking a giant leap forward in Harayana to have a majority on its own and becoming by far the single largest party, was simply inconceivable till the electioneering gained real momentum and Modi took a slightly belated, post-Vijaydashami plunge into campaigning.

    The BJP headquarters was in band-baja-barat mode, all decked up for celebrations. Firecrackers, drumbeats and laddoos were in abundance. It was very noisy, joyful and a bit too boisterous. In less than five months of his arrival at the helm in Delhi, Modi has taken the party’s organisational base to a new high, breaching barriers in West and North India. The BJP now rules in seven states on its own, nine with allies.

    The party has snatched two very important states from the Congress — Maharastra, the economic powerhouse of the country, and Haryana, whose geographical proximity with the national Capital gave it far greater clout in national politics than its size. Modi had made it possible. His commander-in-chief at the helm in the organisation, Amit Shah too has proven his worth — take a bold gambit and make it pay off.

    For his supporters Modi has proved to be the biggest vote catcher in Indian electoral history. Some argue that he has emerged as even bigger than Indira Gandhi. Modi, unlike Indira, didn’t have the kind of organisational base that she had in early 1970s. Also Indira’s aura got enhanced because she was Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter and because she was a lone woman fighting it out against the entrenched political class. Modi in contrast is self-made, arriving on the national political arena exactly a year ago when he was announced BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

    People believed in BJP's pre-poll catch phrase `Chalo Chale Modi ke Saath’ and reposed their trust in him what he told them, a BJP government at the Centre and a BJP government in the state would take the number of BJP rules states to 11. The BJP victory in Maharashtra and Haryana shows that it didn’t matter to voters whether the party had any deserving local face to rule the states. The votes polled for the BJP were far in excess of its organisational strength in both the states.

    The BJP expected a clear majority, but despite the results not quite matching their expectations their celebratory spirit wasn't dampened. In Haryana BJP's victory was phenomenal where they went from being a fringe player till recently — with only four MLAs in the outgoing assembly and only two MLAs in previous assembly — to registering a a 12 fold increase in MLAs without any worthwhile local leadership. The ruling Congress was relegated to a poor third position.

    In Maharastra, the BJP couldn’t get majority but has enough numbers to secure an invitation from the Governor. No party in Maharastra has crossed the 100-mark since 1990. As of now they have won 102 seats and are leading in 21 seats. The number of seats that the BJP has won and is leading in is more than what the Shiv Sena had offered them during the alliance talks that failed. The Shiv Sena, a distant second winning 53 seats and leading in 8, no where close to what it called 'Mission 150'. The NCP gave a tough time to it's erstwhile ally Congress for the number three position.

    If anyone had doubted BJP’s ability to go for back-room negotiations with potential alliance partners Shiv Sena or the NCP, by afternoon it was set at rest by NCP leader Praful Patel when he said that "in the interest of Maharastra", his party had decided to support a BJP government from outside. He said the BJP was single the largest party and was close to a majority, also a BJP government at the centre and the state would naturally be advantageous for the region.

    The Sena too has softened its stand and has said it was waiting for the BJP to make a move and was willing to cooperate for the sake of development of Maharastra.

    During the election campaign Modi had not spoken a word against Sena, because of his "reverence for Bal Thackeray" but had termed NCP as a 'naturally corrupt party'. Was that simple electoral rhetoric? The NCP as a partner would be willing to work in a subservient position as opposed to Sena. On the other hand Shiv Sena had been BJP’s "natural ally" and could yet again come together "in interest of Maharastra".

    The BJP Parliamentary Board, highest decision making body, is meeting in New Delhi at 6 pm to take stock of the situation. Firstpost had earlier done a story on challenges that Modi will face in naming chief ministers for Maharastra and Haryana.

    The BJP leadership may not be in a tearing hurry to take a call on leadership and alliance issue in Maharastra. The state is already under President's Rule. Governor Vidyasagar Rao is a seasoned BJP leader, LK Advani’s deputy in home ministry during the NDA government. Modi and Shah have to find a leader in both the states who would deliver on governance and fulfil promises made by the Prime Minister.

    The BJP has to balance it out in Haryana. The results indicate that BJP’s victory — despite giving tickets to 27 Jats, highest by any party — was OBC backlash against the Jat hegemony in the state. Modi possibly has to look for a robust non-Jat face, but not annoy Jats completely.

    Modi has been a political risk taker. From the time he became chief minister in the immediate aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Gujarat, to when he was named BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of assembly elections in four states, to deputing Amit Shah to be in-charge of party affairs in UP and making Shah party president after he became PM. Severing ties with Sena just a day before filing of nominations too was fraught with risk, so was dumping HJC in Haryana, but Modi and Shah took the bold steps.

    He may throw up yet another surprise in naming chief ministers of the two states. Could they be heavyweight union ministers? ...

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  • 'Sorry, Mr President ...' Barack Obama's credit card declined

    Washington: Apparently, even the president of the United States can have trouble with his credit card.

    Barack Obama on Friday said his card was declined at a New York restaurant he went to while visiting the United Nations.

    "I was there during the General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected," Obama said at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he unveiled new measures to stem credit card fraud and identity theft.

    "It turned out, I guess I don't use it enough. So they thought there was some fraud going on," he said to laughter, adding "fortunately, Michelle had hers."

    The president signed an executive order, which adds "chip-and-pin" protection for US government cards and payment terminals, at a time when the financial industry is moving in the same direction.

    "I was trying to explain to the waitress, no, I really think that I've been paying my bills," Obama said.

    "Even I'm affected by this."


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  • Bangalore court orders Jayalalithaa's release

    Bangalore, Oct 18 (IANS) A special court Saturday ordered the release of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa from the central jail here a day after the Supreme Court granted her interim bail in a corruption case, a top official said.

    "The special court judge (John Michael D'Cunha) has issued the order after Jayalalithaa's counsel furnished a bond of Rs.2 crore and surety of assets were submitted. We will release her after receiving the court order and completing the formalities," Karnataka's Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) K.V. Gagandeep told IANS.

    Earlier, Jayalalithaa's lawyers submitted to the judge a certified copy of the apex court order suspending her four-year jail term and granting interim bail till Dec 18.


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  • Karnataka University VC arrested on graft charges

    Dharwad: State Lokayukta sleuths Monday arrested Karnataka University vice-chancellor H.B. Walikar and three other university officials on charges of financial irregularities and abuse of power in recruitments, a senior official said here.

    "Walikar, 62, university's examination registrar H.D. Pothe, 49, financial officer S. Rajashri, 48, and vice-chancellor's personal secretary S.L. Bilagi, 61, were arrested under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code," Lokayukta superintendent of police K. Parashuram told IANS.

    The arrests were made on the basis of the Justice (retd) B. Padmarajan inquiry commission report, which found the accused guilty of criminal offences, including taking bribes in awarding contracts for development works, financial irregularities in purchase of laboratory equipment, manipulating marks cards of students, misuse of powers in recruiting faculty, producing fake bills and misappropriating university's funds for their personal benefit.

    "The accused were arrested on the university campus and produced before a local magistrate for judicial remand and further investigation," Parashuram said.

    Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, who is the university's chancellor, had set up the inquiry commission Sep 14 following a spate of complaints against Walikar and the three officials of misusing power in violation of the guidelines on recruitments framed in 1998 and gross financial misconduct.

    "We have carried out our own investigation into the charges after registering cases against the accused on a complaint filed by the university's registrar (administration) Chandrama Kanagali.

    "We have also recovered several incriminating documents in connection with the irregularities from their respective offices," Parashuram added.

    In his order Oct 1 to the ombudsman to probe the irregularities, the governor said the Padmaraj commission had found prima facie evidence that Walikar had abused power, acted dishonestly and committed breach of trust. ...

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  • Impact: Infosys resolves copyright infringement issue

    Mangalore: Days after the news on copyright infringement was published on, the representatives of Infosys, Mysore approached noted wildlife photographer Dr. Krishna Mohan to resolve the issue ‘amicably’.

    Dr. Krishna Mohan said  that a representative of Infosys, Mysore approached him on Sunday and the matter has been resolved. Dr. Krishna Mohan said they have compensated him for using his photograph. “I have agreed to withdraw all my earlier conditions. I understood from the concerned person that the usage of my picture was not intended for any financial gains”, he added.

    Speaking earlier to on October 16, Dr. Krishna Mohan had claimed that Infosys, Mysore had used his copyrighted photograph for their invitation ‘Ambari – 2014’, a dasara programme. Dr. Mohan stated he clicked the photograph during the procession, which marked the immersion of Sharada idol as part of Dasara festival in Moodbidri on September 26, 2009 and he had written a letter to Infosys, demanding compensation.


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  • Bl. Chavara burial place dispute goes to court

    Kochi, Oct 20, 2014:  The dispute over the final resting place of Belssed Chavara, after 143 years of his death, has finally landed in the court as the Church prepares for the canonization of the saintly priest.

    A petition has been filed before the Munsiff Court, Ernakulam, seeking an order to restrain a Kottayam-based publishing house from publishing a book on Fr Chavara written by M K Sanu.

    The petitioner, Basil Attippetty, allege that the book contains distorted facts and perverted history about the life of Fr Chavara, the Indian Express reported.

    The petitioner also sought a directive to Apostolic Nuncio to India Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio that the canonization of Fr Chavara be confined to his burial place at Koonammavu, in Ernakulam District, and to the St Phelomina’s Church and the shrine at Koonammavu.

    The petition alleged that the narration in the book that the mortal remains of Fr Chavara were transferred from the St Phelomina’s Church to the Mannanam Monastery in Kottayam District, was not true.

    The vice-postulator of the St Joseph’s Syro Malabar Monastery (CMI) has distorted the fact only to make unlawful monetary gains, by misleading the faithful,” the petitioner alleged.

    The petitioner argued that as per Article-25 of the Constitution, a buried dead body should not be removed, altered or shifted from the buried place. “Shifting a dead body from the burial place without the sanction of the authority concerned is an offence punishable under Section-297 of the IPC,” the petition stated.

    “If anyone has claimed to have shifted the mortal remains of Fr Chavara from Koonammavu to Mannanam it is a continuing offence and barbaric act. “The theft of the mortal remains of a person is an offence and the claim of continuity of that offence is also an offence,” the petitioner submitted.

    The petitioner further alleged that the narration in the book about the transfer of the mortal remains was aimed only at demeaning and denigrating the reputation of Fr Chavara.

    “Spreading false news through the book is a willful act done with ulterior motive and malafide intention to support and help the persons who have vested interests,” the petitioner said. Another argument raised by the petitioner is that Vatican, which is a foreign state, should have obtained prior sanction from the Government of India to canonise Fr Chavara, who was an Indian citizen.


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  • Surat diamond merchant's Diwali bonus for employees: houses, cars and jewells !

    Surat: A Surat based diamond baron has gifted his employees brand new cars, diamond jewellery and even homes as a Diwali gift for meeting targets for the year. The diamond industry in Surat district of Gujarat may not be passing through the most dazzling phases in its history but diamond baron Palki Savjibhai Dholakia's employees were still rewarded for their hard work.

    Palki Savjibhai Dholakia, a diamond merchant based in Surat who runs Hrishikesh Exporters, showered his employees with a massive bonus. He gifted 200 workers houses, 525 have received diamond jewellery and 491 have been gifted brand new cars.

    The employees of Hrishikesh Exporters are the envy of every working professional in India. Their more than generous employer has ensured that his employees have a reason to sport a huge smile.

    Dholakia said he set aside Rs 50 crore budget for these incentives. He said the idea was simply to reward employees who met the yearly targets. So 1200 employees at his company were selected and rewarded. "We decided on this programme last year itself. We rewarded 1,200 employees who achieved the given targets," he said.

    "I have received diamond jewellery as a gift from my employer," a company employee said.

    "I consider myself to be very lucky to have an employer like this, I was gifted a car," another employee said.

    The diamond trade in Gujarat is a flourishing one. Surat's diamonds are exported across the world and now Savijbhai Dholakia has ensured that the benefits of this lucrative trade become a reality for the employees of the business.


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  • Panaji: Female Russian tourist molested, robbed at Goa beach

    Panaji,  (IANS) A 23-year-old Russian woman was molested, beaten up and robbed at Baga beach, one of Goa's most popular beaches, police said Sunday.

    The victim was walking along the beach, located 20 km from Panaji, when unknown assailants, slapped her, tore her clothes, and robbed her gold chain worth Rs. 33000 late Saturday, said a Goa Police release.

    A first information report has been registered at the Calangute police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

    This is one of the first reported body crimes against a foreign female tourist this season, which officially began mid-October. Goa's beaches have been under the spotlight for being unsafe to foreign tourists, especially women in recent times.


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  • Goddess Hasanamba smiles on devotees at Hassan's nine day festival

    India is both ancient and spiritual,  and this unique combination has created wonderful relics.  One such, can be found in Hassan, 183 Kms west of the state capital, Bangalore - the Hasanamba Temple.  It houses the presiding deity of Hassan, Goddess Hasanamba.  She has been given that name as she is perceived to be ever smiling, bestowing all riches on her devotees. The town too, derives its name from her. Earlier it was called Simhasanapuri, however, after the Goddess Hasanamba started residing here, it was renamed Hasana (Hassan).

    This year, the doors of the Hasanamba temple were reopened for the annual darshan,  amid elaborate puja rituals, in Hassan, on Thursday the 16th of October.   Hundreds of devotees gathered on the premises on the first day and were seen trying to gain entry into the temple before the rituals were complete,  and police personnel struggled to control the crowd. The temple was opened to the public at 12.40 pm on Thursday.

    The traditional rituals include a unique ceremony in which, Narasimha Raju Urs chops a Banana Tree with a sword (Pattada Katti) handed down to his ancestors by the Mysore Kings.  Narasimha Raju has been doing this every year since 1991.

    Speaking to Newskarnataka, he said, “the sword I use to chop the banana tree was handed to my ancestors 300 years ago by the Mysore Kings. Since Goddess Hasanamba doesn’t like animal sacrifice, our ancestors started the tradition of chopping the Banana tree(Banni)”.  “Our devotion to Goddess Hasanamba has brought us many blessings and we lead a happy life” he added

    A number of devotees rushed to collect pieces of the plant, which is believed to be auspicious when kept at home, others rushed to have a darshan of the deity.

    Beliefs and legend were fulfilled, when the lamp that was lit last year was found still burning and flowers still fresh. Deputy Commissioner V Anbu Kumar said that,  he along with other officials had entered the sanctum sanctorum while performing the rituals.


    Newskarnataka spoke to a number of devotees, and all of them, without exception were thrilled to have obtained the blessings of Goddess Hasanamba.  A devotee said, “We are blessed and kept happy without any problems because of Goddess Hasanamba, and we visit every year to thank and seek her blessings. We are happy to have come this year too”. She was echoing the sentiments of all devotees.

    The former prime minister of India and a leading political figure of Karnataka, Deve Gowda also visited the temple with his family.  When asked about his experience, he said “My family and I have been visiting the temple from a long time, and magic happens every year; that’s the power of Goddess Hasanamba”. He took the opportunity to convey his wishes for a happy Deepavali to all.

    Deve Gowda, was one of several famous personalities to visit the temple and seek the blessings of Goddess Hasanamba.


    The Hasanamba temple,  built in the 12th century, during the reign of King Krishnappa Nayaka, is uniquely  open to the public  only for a week, once a year.  The temple only opens on the following Thursday of the full moon day in the month of Ashwija (usually late Oct - early Nov). The temple closes on the day of Balipadyami when the rest of Karnataka celebrates Deepavali.  In this temple the ant hill is the presiding deity.

    The structure at the entrance of the Hasanamba temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva locally called Siddheshwara. It is renowned for its self-manifested linga. There's also an interesting idol of a nine-headed Ravana playing the Veena here.


    Legend has it that once when the seven Maatrukes (Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi) came floating to the South of India, they were taken aback by the beauty of Hassan and decided to make it their home forever. Maheshwari, Kaumari, and Vyshnavi took residence in the three anthills inside the temple; Brahmi in Kenchamma Hosakote; while Indrani, Varahi and Chamundi chose the three wells in Devigere Honda.


    The first and the most evident of all miracles attributed to Goddess Hasanamba is, when the flowers offered and the lamp lit the previous year, stay lit and fresh on the opening day of the following year, strengthening and renewing  people's belief and faith in  Goddess Hasanamba

    There's also an intriguing story attached to Goddess Hasanamba. It is a story that gives hope to thousands who visit the temple each year. A daughter-in-law in the vicinity of the temple used to visit Hasanamba everyday. Her evil (yes, evil!) mother-in-law threw a hard object at the daughter-in-law when she started bleeding profusely and gave out a loud cry pleading the Mother Goddess! The ever compassionate Hasanamba manifested before her and turned her into a stone inside the temple so as to provide shelter to her devout child. It is said that the stone moves forward less than an inch every year. Legend has it, that once the stone reaches the feet of Goddess Hasanambha, time as we know it now will cease to be. Colloquially speaking, Kali Yuga will come to an end!

    There’s yet another. Four robbers plotted to loot the temple off its treasure. Hasanamba, angered,  cursed them into stone. Hence, the temple is also called Kallappanagudi!

    Compassion and anger, are paradoxes that define Goddess Hasanamba. The temple will remain open till October 25th.


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  • Shiv Sena agrees to support BJP govt in Maharashtra

    Mumbai, Oct 20, 2014:  In a breakthrough, the Shiv Sena and the BJP are reported to have agreed on Monday to form a coalition government in Maharashtra.

    As per sources, senior state leaders of the two parties met here this morning and at the meeting, the Shiv Sena agreed to lend support to the BJP government.

    Sources said details of the government formation are being worked out and a formal announcement could be made later today.

    The development came within minutes of news that Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior party leader JP Nadda, who were scheduled to visit Mumbai today to decide on the leader of the BJP government in Maharashtra, have postponed their visit till tomorrow.

    They were expected to meet Uddhav today and discuss post-poll alliance.

    However, with state leadership making headway in talks the central leadership is believed to have decided to wait.

    The NCP, which won 41 seats, had yesterday decided to unilaterally lend outside support to a BJP government in the state. But the BJP is not keen on taking outside support.

    Following NCP’s offer, the Shiv Sena had yesterday taken the initiative to put the pre-poll acrimony behind and look towards the future with the BJP.

    As per reports, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spoke to BJP president Amit Shah over phone last evening. The duo were also joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, against whom Uddhav and his party mouthpiece ’Saamna’ had hit out in the run-up to elections.

    Assembly poll results: BJP emerges as single largest party in Maharashtra

    While there was no specific post-poll alliance talk during the 10-minute long conversation, the leaders of the two parties did agree to ’move forward’.

    The BJP won 122 seats while the Shiv Sena managed 63 in an election that saw the two parties’ 25-year-old friendship end over a few seats.

    But with the results failing to give any party a clear majority, it had become necessary for the BJP to forge an alliance with either Shiv Sena or accept the NCP’s offer of outside support.

    And sources say, with Shiv Sena being a ’natural ally’ BJP considered it wise to go with the erstwhile partner than the NCP.

    BJP president Amit Shah had yesterday said at a post-results press conference that it was the Shiv Sena which had ended the alliance, not the BJP.

    Uddhav is reported to have also held talks with BJP frontrunner for CM Devendra Fadnavis and senior party leader Om Mathur yesterday.

    The Sena is reported to be okay with getting the deputy chief minister’s post, after the BJP made it clear in no uncertain terms that they will neither give up the CM’s post nor agree to rotational CM policy.


    Courtesy: Zeenews


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  • Bangalore: City Girl to Represent India at Miss Universe

    New Delhi, (IANS) Noyonita Lodh from Bangalore, who was crowned Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe 2014, will compete in Miami for Miss Universe Jan 25, 2015.

    The 21-year-old believes in women empowerment.

    The Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe pageant finale was aired Sunday on Zee Cafe.

    Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta announced the winners on the grand finale, which was judged by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, former Miss India and actress Esha Gupta and designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil.

    Delhi's Alankrita Sahai was crowned as Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe 2014 first runner-up and Bangalore's Asha Bhat as Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe 2014 second runner-up.

    Each winner will get a fund worth Rs.10 lakh for their respective international pageant.

    The grand finale saw the contestants in outfits designed by Shantanu and Nikhil, and hair and make-up by Dessange Paris.

    The TV series was hosted by Lara, who also mentored the contestants.


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  • Nowhere to park, and a parking ticket to boot!

    Bangalore: There is hardly any officially notified parking space in Bangalore, and poor management of existing ones. Rubbing salt into  an open wound, the police registered the most cases among the 38 possible traffic offences for wrong parking.   There is an increase in these cases every year.

    Figures from the police archives, show  the following figures:

    Wrong Parking 2012:                 14,91,071

    Wrong Parking 2013:                 19,95,010

    Wrong Parking 2014:                 7,94,376 (till august)

    Parking on footpaths 2012:        25,843

    Parking on footpaths 2013:        61,303

    Parking on footpaths 2014:        12,312 (till august)

    Parking at intersections 2012:    20,701

    Parking at Intersections 2013:    26,221

    Parking at Intersections 2014:    14,350 (till august)

    Experts say that this problem has been created by violation of building byelaws and the lack of officially notified parking spaces in the city.

    M N Srihari, traffic engineering expert and advisor to the State government, speaking to Daily, said: “Roads are not meant for parking but for traffic. So, this shows that building bylaws are not being followed and parking spaces are being converted into commercial and residential units. If every building provides for parking, there will be no such problem.”

    Srihari further said that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ought to serve notice on builders, and demolish buildings that had not provided for parking. But no such action has been taken till date, he rued.

    According to Pranav Jha, co-founder of Praja, apartment buildings have also parking issues. In most apartment buildings, guests are forced to park their vehicles outside.

    Experts say that the solution is to check all areas and clear parking, enforce strict parking norms and cancel licences of commercial establishments that do not provide parking spaces.  But this is easier said than done, given the city’s poor governance record, slow and disabling legal system and understaffed police department.

    BBMP Commissioner, N Lakshminarayana, admits there is a dearth of parking space and said a proposal was pending before the BBMP?council to regulate parking across the City. ...

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  • Mangalore: Kavoor Sub Inspector Umesh Suspended in Charan Assault Case

    Mangalore: Sub Inspector of Kavoor Police station, Umesh Kumar, has been suspended from duty on October 20.

    On October 8, SI Umesh assaulted Bajrang Dal activist Charan for appearing before the court in the Rizwan attack case without reporting to the police station. In this connection, activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishat and Bajrang Dal staged a protest in front of the Kavoor police station and demanded to suspend SI Umesh. 

    Under the leadership of the district president of VHP Jagadish Shenava, protests were held continuously for three days. Jagadish Shenava had also called for a bundh in Kavoor on October 20, if the SI was not suspended. 

    On October 19, hundreds of VHP and BD activists gathered in front of the Kavoor police station and demanded the suspension of SI Umesh. The Police Commissioner visited Kavoor Police Station and later talks were held with the VHP and BD leaders in his office. Later, the protest was called off and the bundh was withdrawn after getting an assurance from the commissioner. 


    Speaking to Jagadish Shenava said, "The commissioner of Police R Hitendra has taken action against SI Umesh and has issued a suspension order. Umesh will be suspended from work from October 20. The police had taken Charan's, his wife Vidhya's and taluk panchayat president Harish's statement. Based on their statement, the commissioner has issued a suspension order to SI Umesh."


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  • Udupi: Ban of Hindu Outfits will not be tolerated - Pejawar Swamiji

    Udupi: Banning of Hindu Outfits will not be tolerated, but if they are involved in violence initiate a lawful action on them, said Shri Vishvesha Theertha Swamiji of Pejwar Math. He was speaking to the media persons at the Pejawar Math, here on October 20.
    The construction of Ram Mandir, Ganga river cleaning project and ban on cow slaughter will be completed in five years. These issues have been discussed with PM Narendra Modi.
    He denied any comments on the rejection of Somashekar Report on Church Attacks in Mangalore but added saying that he is not politically influenced to comment on the same. ...

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  • Annual Goodu-deepa Competition at Kudroli Temple on October 21

    Mangalore, Oct 20, 2014: The annual lampshade (basket lamp) competition ’Goodudeepa Pantha’ organised by the Namma Kudla Channel will be held in the premises of Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple in Kudroli on October 21.

     Speaking at the press meet held at press club held on Oct 18, the director of Namma Kudla Harish B Karkera said that, ’the competition will be held in three categories - traditional, modern and special models. The first and second place winners in each category will be awarded with gold coins while consolation prizes will be distributed to goodudeepa that grabs judges’ special attention.

    He further said the art of making traditional sky lanterns is declining  with people preferring to buy such sky lanterns off the shelves. "Through this competition, we want to keep alive the art of making gududeepa as in the past," he said.

    The traditional category is specifically for those making sky lanterns using colour and or glass papers. Meanwhile, in modern category, contestants can use pulses, flex, and other materials. In the model category, contestants can give wings to their imagination making models of any subject they choose, he added.

    Contestants should bring necessary items with them and be at the venue before 4pm on October 21. Goodudeepas made by the contestants only will be considered for the competition, he said adding that an award ceremony will be held at the day-end of the competition.


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  • Mangalorean Vivienne Pocha & Gerard Machado - India's Top Jazz Duo to Perform at Gospel Music Concer

    Mangalore: Speaking to me over the phone, Corrine Rasquinha- the Founder president of White Doves- a NGO said, " I am really overwhelmed that India's top jazz, blues, Rock and Fusion singer Vivienne Pocha, (Mumbai) who happens to be of Mangalore origin, will join yet another top jazz musician, Gerard Machado from Bangalore, who will perform live at the 'Country Gospel Music Concert' , organized for the first time by White Doves, at the St Sebastian's Platinum Jubilee Hall on Wednesday October 22, 2014. Although Vivienne is not a Gospel singer, she has agreed to perform in this concert, specially on my request".

    Corrine Rasquinha

    Rasquinha further said, " Vivienne and Gerard will be accompanied by Jerome Coelho another well known bassist, who will be playing bass guitar; Nelson Pereira from Mumbai- who is a highly talented guitarist and violinist; Mangalore's talented musicians and singers Sweeethin Hartman and Ashish Pallana will be leading the vocals and also playing the guitar and Saxophone, while brothers Sanjay Rodrigues and Sanjith Rodrigues will be on keyboard and drums. Vivienne will also be joined by other singers namely Francis Aranha, Angie Moras and myself "

    " The entry to this concert is free, so I request as many people to come in large numbers and join in this sing-along Gospel concert where the participation of the audience is very much solicited. I know Mangaloreans are music lovers, and this kind of Gospel music will surely touch their hearts and lives, and in the same time glorify God too" added Corrine.

    So come one, come all, and join in the Gospel concert in praising the Lord. Come, experience music of a different kind, and celebrate faith.

    Vivienne Pocha- a Profile :

    Vivienne Pocha's powerful voice and her soulful style can be heard in the world of Jingles, major Indian films and many major musicals. She is an established vocalist. She has performed in countless musicals and recorded for jingles, movies etc. The epitome of Diva, Vivienne’s done it all and we’re excited with what she’s become and where she’s headed! Vivienne began singing professionally from the age of twelve. She has been singing various genres of music like jazz, blues, fusion, funk, folk and rock. She also played leading roles in major musicals. A familiar voice in the world of jingles, Vivienne has also ventured into playback singing for the Indian films.

    Born in Mangalore, and later moved to Mumbai, Vivienne Pocha had a fruitful childhood. As a kid, her mother would gift her musical instruments, instead of toys. And Vivienne taught herself to play each one of them. Little wonder then that she knew her calling from an early age. Her love for music brought her to Mumbai from her idyllic hometown of Mangalore. Starting off as a singer in theatrical musicals, she landed a surprise debut in Yuvvraaj - thanks to A R Rahman and Tina Turner. She recently contributed to Housefull and Delhi 6, and is now going places, literally, with her rock band Ashu.

    She has lots of credits to her music career being in films and shows- In Filmography ( 7 Credits) : 2010 - Housefull (playback singer);  2008-Fashion (chorus) ; 2008-Bachna Ae Haseeno (chorus) ; 2008-Bhoothnath (chorus) ; 2005-The Blue Umbrella (musician: singer, choir - as Vivianne Pocha); 2003-Bas Yun Hi (playback singer); 2003-Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaata.. (playback singer - as Poccha Vivienne) ; Soundtrack (4 credits) : 2010-Housefull (performer: "He's Such a Loser", "He's Not Such a Loser") ; 2009-Delhi-6 (performer: "Delhi 6") / (writer: "Delhi 6") ; 2008-Yuvvraaj (performer: "Shano Shano", "Dil Ka Rishta");  2007-Like Stars on Earth (performer: "Taare Zameen Par"); as a Actress (1 credit) : 2009-My Daddy Strongest (Short) Joel's mother; and as Self (1 credit) : 2006-On Life and Enlightenment: Principles of Buddhism with His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Video documentary)

    Following are excerpts of an exclusive interview - Courtesy of Planet RadioCity :

    Q: Tell us about your childhood.
    I am from Mangalore, which is smaller than Goa, and it is beautiful. At 12, I got a guitar worth Rs 81, and I taught myself to play it. I love playing guitar. When I came to Mumbai, I brought my guitar along and got many offers because of it. My mother would keep buying me musical instruments such as the harmonium, bulbul tara and the violin as toys, and somehow I managed to play them. After my graduation, I told my mom I’d have to leave Mangalore to pursue a career in Mumbai. By God’s grace, I didn’t have to struggle much.

    Q: How did you begin your career in music?
    I had done musicals in theatre, but had no background in playback singing. Once in Mumbai, I went for a few auditions. A director liked my performance and I sang for the lead actor in a play. I have also performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound Of Music, Blood Brothers and many more.

    Q: How did the transition from theatre to Bollywood come about?
    Bollywood happened after I worked on the background score for three films. But playback singing only happened through A R Rahman for the film Yuvvraaj. I was there for something else at the time when Rahman asked if anybody could sing like Tina Turner for a particular song. I told him that I would try. Listening to me singing, he couldn’t stop laughing. He then went to Madras and I did not even know the name of the song that I recorded. Rahman just mixed it and it became ‘Shano Shano’ in Yuvvraaj.

    Q: Did you have to struggle before you broke into Bollywood?
    Not really. I came to Mumbai knowing that I wanted to make a career in singing though I did not know where to go or what to do. So first I thought I would learn classical singing, not Indian but Western. My teacher told me that if I took it up, I would not be able to sing professionally for the next five years while I studied. I thought “Oh my God, I am ready to sing now”. I wanted to sing right away! I had to make a hard decision quickly so I chose the latter and after a few auditions, I just got in to musicals. Some directors saw me and gave me a chance. So it has all been a chain reaction and things have worked out well.

    Q: Being keen to make a career as a playback singer, did you ever consider participating in a singing reality show?
    No, I don’t have that kind of singing style. But I do feel that these shows are good news for singers. Today, I would say that half the jobs and money for singers come out of Bollywood and there is space for everybody in the industry.

    Q: You aren’t very fluent in Hindi. So do you find it tough to do Bollywood playback singing?
    I know my shortcomings and I wouldn’t ever do a total Indian classical song. It should be a little "Westernised" for me.

    Q: Nowadays, there are so many singers with Western styles in Bollywood such as Suzie Q and Dominique. Do you think there is a chance that Indian melodies will soon be nonexistent in Bollywood singing?
    It has been changing since Dil Chahta Hai. I feel Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are bringing a nice rock element to Indian music. Not that I am saying that Indian melodies are bad – I love the old style of singing – but if you can manage to do something Westernised as well, then I respect it

    Q:So do you feel that musically, we are letting go of our traditional and cultural roots?
    That’s what I mean. You have to respect the background you come from. If you don’t, then you will get lost. Today, a classical singer can hold his own in this world with his background but having said that, one should never limit themselves. What am I? I am a Jazz singer and for that, I make music by mixing too.

    Q:  How did you train yourself and who has been your inspiration?
    I have learnt from my daily life. I learnt on the job, listening to different kinds of music. I have performed with Trilok and Shobha Gurtu, they are hardcore Indian classical singers and they sing in Gujarati, Hindi as well as Western styles. I listened to a lot of rock while growing up, music by Pink Floyd and Van Halen. Then slowly I started to like Tina Turner. Now, I like Jazz a lot. I love Dee Dee Bridgewater and many more.

    Q: Tell us about your experience of working with A R Rahman and Shankar Mahadevan?
    With Rahman, you never know what he is going to do with a track. “This is the beginning and this is the end”, that’s all he says and asks you to sing it like he wants it. He is also a perfectionist; he will take even a 100 takes to get the right track. And most of all, he is a very friendly person.

    Shankar is like a breeze that comes through the recording studio. He will interact with you and make sure that you are comfortable enough to give your best. He makes it easy for a singer to deliver what he wants and is very modern.

    Q: Please tell us about your future projects.
    I am part of a new rock band called Ashu; we participated in a festival in Amsterdam recently and in US shortly. It’s fabulous because finally we are being accepted singing in foreign languages as well. We have also performed at Blue Frog in Mumbai. As for Bollywood I can’t say because I don’t have anything as of now.

    Gerard Machado- a Profile :

    Gerard is one of India's most accomplished jazz guitarist currently based in Bangalore. He has represented India at several international jazz festivals. Besides being a virtuoso jazz guitarist, he also is a prolific composer,  with quite a few original music  albums to his credit. The Gerard Machado Network comprises a group of renowned musicians on the Indian Jazz music scene. A successful and multi- talented guitarist, Gerard Machado is known to fuse the styles of many legendary jazz, rock and blues guitarists, thus bringing to life a unique brand of music. Clean Licks, Touch another Life, Spectrum and gospel music are some of the records he has to his name. In addition to this he is known to have played at various Jazz Yatras in India and world-over.

    Band member Paul Santiago is Bangalorean but is known to have migrated to Europe in the 80s. Inspired by Brazilian and Spanish guitarists, he then recorded and played with several bands in Australia and India. Currently he is working on a fusion music venture in Bangalore. Yogendra “Tillu” Hule is the young and gifted drummer of the group. With a strong backing in music, he has grown to be of the one of the finest jazz drummers in India.

    K N Prakash another band member is known to have been performing with various Jazz, Fusion and Progressive Rock bands in Bangalore over the last 6 years. He is said to be deeply inspired by Jaco Pastorious and Stanley Clark. However he has managed to create his own style, while following their techniques. Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie are said to have had a major influence on him too. Remembered for their performances at the Jazz Yatreas, the Gerard Machado Network is known to captivate music lovers with their range of Jazz with swing, funk, Latin rhythms and Carnatic fusion. Band influences are -Jazz, Rock, Blues, Fusion, Progressive Rock.

    Being born in a musical family, Gerard Machado began playing at the tender age of six. He has developed his own style of playing the guitar which is a blend of jazz, rock and blues. He is an expert and multi talented guitarist. He enthrals the audiences with his brand of breathtaking music. Gerard is also a skilled composer and has recorded many jingles. This genius has conducted jazz workshops, scored the music for an English movie, has performed at Jazz Yatras and has featured on local and national television networks. He has worked with several well known musicians for many years in India and abroad.

    He has his own band called Network which is described as the ‘undisputed kings of Jazz in Bangalore’ and they have released an album titled Spectrum. He has also recorded several gospel albums. Gerard also co-leads Megha, the Carnatic-Jazz fusion band, which has released two albums, marketed in Australia and New Zealand. The Gerard Machado Network comprising of talented musicians charm all music lovers with their repertoire of Jazz with swing, funk, Latin rhythms and Carnatic fusion. And no doubt Mangaloreans too will be mesmerized by jazz guitarist Gerard Machado.


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  • Rachana awards to be conferred on five eminent achievers

    Mangalore: It was in the year 1998 that Catholic businessmen, agriculturists and professionals formed Rachana, with an objective of encouraging youth to take up entrepreneurship, for training them in investment and for supporting them with technical backup.

    In the last 16 years Rachana has worked to achieve its goals and has trained over 50 youth through Rachana Entrepreneur Development Cell(REDC). The youth who have been trained thereby have started printing press, Nano Taxi, poultry farming, candle manufacturing and other enterprises. Rachana has recognized the successful entrepreneurs, professionals, agriculturists, NRI entrepreneurs and women who have achieved in their distinctive field and brought them into limelight, more so that their example may be emulated by the young and the upcoming.

    Rachana had also organized Magnet 2014 Conference in April, which was attended by Catholic achievers from the world over. As a result of this conference a Rachana Cooperative Society and Rachana Venture Capital Fund was formed and Roy Castelino, Dr Norman Mendonca and Louis J Pinto were appointed as executives. The funds saved through conference will be used as seed money for running these associations.

    Rachana takes pride in announcing the name of awardees for the year 2014

    1. Rachana Woman of the Year - Dr Jeanette Pinto, Mumbai.
    2. Rachana Agriculturist of the Year - Mr Stany Veigus, Perar
    3. Rachana Entrepreneur of the year - Mr Raphael Sequiera, Mumbai
    4. Rachana Professional of the year - Dr Anil Kieth D’Cruz, Mumbai
    5. Rachana NRI entrepreneur of the year - Mr. Ligoury D’Mello, Oman

    The award ceremony will be held on Sunday November 16 at 6 pm in Milagres Jubilee Hall. The ceremony will be presided over by Dr Aloysius Paul D Souza, Bishop of Mangalore, honourable Minister for Railways, Government of India D V Sadananda Gowda, will be the chief guest. J R Lobo, MLA Mangalore South, Ivan D Souza, MLC and Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP Lok Sabha will be the guests of honour.

    Rachana Outstanding Woman Of The Year
    Dr Jeanette Pinto is a retired educationist from Mumbai. She was the principal of famous Sophia College and Vice Principal of St Xavier College in Mumbai. Dr Jeanette's work of 15 years as a pro-life activist is well-known. She is the Director of Human Life committee of the Bombay Diocese, which is involved in promoting the dignity of human life from birth to death. A well-known Professor of the History, her work is known in national and international circles. She also authored a book- Indian Widow- from Victim to Victor that was well reviewed. Dr. Jeanette attended seminars internationally on Indo Portuguese History and Info French relationships. She also authored – Slavery in Portuguese India, besides writing for periodicals-Bombay Catholic News week, The examiner and the Teenager. Considering her overall contribution to the society Dr Jeanette Pinto is awarded with Rachana Women of the Year Award.

    Rachana Agriculturist Of The Year

    Gabrial Stany Veigas, a retired forest official for turning 37 acres into model farm, with innovative farming practices. Planting around 3400 plants of cocoanut, Mango, Rambutan, Cashew, grafted variety of jackfruit and breadfruit, he has in the last ten years converted his land into highly yielding agricultural plot. Mr Gabriel Vas has been awarded with Rachana Agriculturist of the year for introducing sustainable farming practices.

    Rachana Entrepreneur Of The Year
    Raphael Sequeira, entrepreneur from Mumbai is the managing Director of Mumbai based Reliable group. Making his foray into apparel export, he started his business career and never looked back since then. Starting with 50 employees in 1984, he today employs 900 employees producing about 5500 garments everyday. He also started a real estate venture with Reliable Tech space and Reliable Tech Plaza. Reliable Business Solutions and Services Pvt. ltd owned by him, is an IT and ITES company which will create employment to around 2500-5000 people. Raphael Sequeira is awarded Rachana Entrepreneur of the year for his visionary approach to business and his steadfast commitment for being a reliable partner to his customers.

    Rachana Professional Of The Year
    Dr Anil Kieth D'Cruz, is Director at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, as well as Professor& Surgeon, Department of Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Dcruz is a distinguished leader in the field of oncology. He is an elected member on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Geneva. He is currently also on the board of Governors of the Foundation of Head Neck Oncology India. Dr D' Cruz is actively involved in research in Head & Neck cancers and plays a pivotal role in nearly 50 trials to date. He has been Global Principal Investigator as well on the Steering Committee of a number of multicentric, multinational trials. Dr D'Cruz is a much sought after teacher and is also instrumental in initiating the MCH super specialty training course in Head Neck Oncology for the first time in India. He teaches for the Mch training program in Surgical and Head Neck Oncology. Considering his pioneering work in surgery, surgical oncology and related work, Dr Anil Kieth D Cruz is awarded with Rachana Professional of the Year Award.

    Rachana NRI Entrepreneur Of The Year

    A mechanical engineer by profession Ligoury D Mello chose Oman as his land of opportunity, working there in oil and gas sector. He formed Technofit LLC a specialized company to provide Engineering Solutions in the Oil and Gas sector with local Omani Partners. As a Managing Director of the company, he is the strength and brain behind the success of the group. From a humble beginning of a small business set-up, he steered the company to become an international group spreading its wings into the horizons of other Gulf Countries.

    As a philanthropist, he is one of the strongest supporter of the Mangalorean community's cultural, social, and spiritual activities and an ardent supporter of Konkani Culture in Oman. He supports the poor children who have strong desire to go for higher studies, especially girls. Considering his visionary business approach and being pillar of strength to a number of less fortunate, Ligoury D Mello is awarded with Rachana NRI Entrepreneur of the year award.


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  • Mangalore: Terrorist Abdul Nasser Madani's Bail Should be Cancelled - Swami Pranavananda

    Mangalore: The state convener of the Hindu Mahasabha Swami Pranavananda held a press meet at Hotel Janata Delux here on October 20.

    Addressing the mediapersons Swami Pranavananda said that the Supreme court has given bail to terrorist Abdul Nasser Madani the prime accused in the 2008 serial bomb blast case, which is condemnable. The Hindu Mahasabha is urging the supreme court to cancel the bail and arrest him. Abdul Nasser Madani is taking treatment in Bangalore hospital. The Supreme court should not grant bail to any terrorist and spoil the peace in the state.

    Chief minister Siddaramaiah has implemented a scheme for the Mullas who perform prayers in the Mosque and fixed a  salary of Rs 3400 per month whereas the priests in the temple are still getting Rs 800 salary per month. If the state government will not stop its anti Hindu policy we will intensify our protest.

    The central government has also sanctioned Rs 100 crores for the modernization of madarsas but there is no contribution from the Madrasas towards the country. The Madrasas do not even hoist the Indian flag on August 15. The Modi government should re-investigate this issue, we have sent a memorandum to the Prime minister and the Hindu Mahasabha delegation will meet Narendra Modi personally to discuss the above issue.

    Swamiji further said that the Sub inspector of Kavoor police station Umesh has assaulted a youth of the Hindu organization. SI Umesh should be suspended from work immediately. Police are acting as agents of Congress and fixing the Hindu youth who are active in various organizations. The recent assault on youth is condemnable and it is a inhuman act.

    "Donating 5000 sarees to the widows in Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple on Laxmi Puja and holding rituals by widows is not right. In the temples if the Shiva idol is erected technically, Poojary can allow the widows to perform the rituals. We are not against widows performing rituals in the temples. But according to the vedic ideology women cannot perform Puja in the temples only Bhramins can perform Puja It is a great insult to the Hindu community. Poojary is creating confusion in the community. By going against the community he has already faced huge defeat in the elections. We are treating women as Goddesses but appointing widows in the temple to perform rituals is not be a good decision. While performing the rituals one should learn how to perform Puja in the temple" added Swamji.

    He also said that there are number of persons in the jail even after completing their jail term. They should be released soon. They have completed their jail term of 8 to 10 years and have reformed themselves. Some persons in the jail are more than 60-years-old. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is a good person without corruption but he should not support any corrupt person nor any terrorist. The law should be equal to everyone. Commenting on rejecting the Someshekar report on the Church attack by the state cabinet, Swami Pranavananda said that the decision of the cabinet is not right. The Someshekar report is 100% true and they should consider his report on church attack.

    Hindu Mahasabha members Rajesh Poojary, Shravan Kumar and Dharmendra were also protest.


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  • Fishermen demand subsidized kerosene

    Mangalore: Members of Gillnet and traditional boat fishermen’s association laid siege at the office of the Deputy Director of Fisheries here on Monday demanding supply of subsidised kerosene.

    Office-bearers of the Gillenet and Traditional Fishermen’s Association said that they are being denied subsidised kerosene since September and about 7.5 lakh fishermen and their families depended on them in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. They use kerosene as fuel to run the outboard engines of their mini boats used for fishing.

    They said the office of the Deputy Director of Fisheries had informed them that Centre had instructed the State Government not to divert kerosene given by it to the Department of Food and Civil Supplies to fisheries. Hence the State was not in a position to accede to the demand of fishermen.

    They pointed out, that the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had, during his recent visit to the City, promised to help them, but they have had heard no positive news so far. The fishermen had met the District in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai and other people’s representatives to no avail.

    They said a massive protest would be organised on October 27 in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner at 11 a.m. to press their  demand.

    President of Karavali Traditional Fishing Association B.K. Vasudev, Chief Secretary of DK District Gillnet Association B.A. Basheer and Secretary of DK district Gillnet Association Subhash Chandra Mulihitlu were among others present.


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  • Unidentified man found dead at Attavar

    Mangalore, Oct 20, 2014: The body of an unidentified person has been found  inside a compound  near a mall at Attavar in the city on October 20, Monday morning. The suspicion is that the man might have been murdered.
    Pandeshwar police who arrived at the spot have shifted the body to the Wenlock Hospital. Investigations are underway.

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  • Mumbai: Karnire Vishwanath Shetty Elected President of Bunts Sangha

    Mumbai: The 86th Annual meeting of the Bunts Sangha was held on 19 October, 2014 at Radhabai T Bhandary Auditorium, Buntara Bhavan, Kurla East, under the president ship of CA Shankar Shetty.

    Karnire Vishwanath Shetty who was the Vice President of the Sangha was unanimously elected as the president of Bunts Sangha, Mumbai.

    Earlier Karnire Vishwanath Shetty served as Chairman of Bunts Sangha’s Education and Welfare committee, Membership registration committee and has continuously received gold medals for increasing the members of the Sangha within a short period. he has received 17 Gold Medals from the Sangha.

    K Vishwanath Shetty Hails from Karnire, near Mulky, he is the son of Bola Nandabettu Sundar Shetty and Girija Shetty. After his graduation from Vijaya College Mulky he came to Mumbai and started hotel business. He has been recognized as a successful hotelier, having hotels not only in Mumbai but also in Mangalore, Bangalore, etc. Married to Lata Shetty daughter of Padeel, Perla Balakrisha Naik and Naduithlu Sumathi Naik, he is blessed with 3 children Rishika, Vaishnavi and Mahrshi.
    Recipient of several awards and felicitations, Karnire is also well known for his Social work, he was the president of Vasai Hotel Owners Association, Founder president of Tulunada Bunts, Vasai and even president and secretary of several Educational, Cultural, Traditional organisations. He is also one of the directors of Mathrubhoomi Credit Society. He is sponsoring more than 150 students in Karnire Village. Karnire Vishwanath Shetty is the 27th president of Bunts Sangha, Mumbai.

    Lata Jayaram Shetty an active member and vice chairperson of Ladies Wing was elected as the Chairperson of the Ladies Wing. Vivek V Shetty has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Youth Wing. Outgoing president CA Shankar Shetty congratulated all the newly elected office bearers.


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  • Woman techie goes missing

    A 26-year-old techie named Bhavya Sri Charitha has gone missing from her house in Kukatpally Housing Board Colony (KPHB). The incident came to light late on Thursday night. Bhavya Sri is an employee of Open Text Technologies India at Mindspace IT Park, HiTech City, Madhapur. She took a private cab for office on Thursday morning. However, she didn’t return at night. Bhavya Sri, who belongs to Vijayawada, was staying with her husband Karthik Chaitanya, who works with a hardware company near her office. The couple got married two-and-a-half years ago and was staying in Seventh Phase KPHB. Police said that on Thursday morning Bhavya Sri left home in a private cab after informing her husband. She took the private cab as she was late and had missed the cab provided by the company. “It was 8.10 am and she was late. So she took the private cab. After boarding the cab she kept messaging her husband about her whereabouts,” said inspector M. Rajaiah. Sources said that from the time of hiring the cab she was chatting with her husband on WhatsApp. She told him that she was in the cab and had started for office. But sometime later, he stopped getting replies for his messages including the question, ‘Did u reach office?’ Later, when he called her mobile it was found switched off. Usually, she returns home in the evening. But she didn’t do so on Thursday. “Her husband who waited for her to return grew nervous. He called her office and they said that she had not come for the day. Her mobile also remained switched off,” inspector V. Sreekanth Goud said. After searching in all possible places Chaitanya lodged a complaint with the police late on Thursday night and a missing case was registered. The cops set up four teams and sent one each to Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada to trace her. One team is in Hyderabad. The cops think that she must have gone with her friends. However, they say that there are still no clues. Sources said the cops are questioning various people in connection with the case. The CCTV footage from the surveillance cameras too has been collected. “We have collected footage from all cameras near her house, on the roads and at various junctions on the way. Her call data too is being collected,” said an official, adding that they are also checking the last calls and messages send and if the couple had any disputes. Till the latest reports came in on Friday night, Bhavya Sri has not been traced. Though there were reports of her being traced the police denied them. “Our special teams are on the job. They have been sent to various places. As of now there is no information regarding her. Our efforts will continue till we trace her,” said Madhapur Zone DCP L. Karthikeya. ...

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  • New Delhi : Nadda replaces Ananth Kumar as secretary of key BJP poll panel

    New Delhi : Senior leader JP Nadda has been apointed the secretary of BJP's revamped Central Election Committee by party chief Amit Shah, replacing Ananth Kumar.


    The 15-membe CEC, which decides on the party candidates and takes other important election related decisions at the national level, was recently revamped by Shah after he took charge as party chief.


    Party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been replaced with young faces like Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Nadda.


    Nadda is the party's national general secretary. Kumar held the position of Secretary of CEC for a long time.


    The new CEC's first task will be to finalise candidates for Haryana Assembly polls.


    Among its members are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj,?Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari.


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  • Riyadh: Saudi man's American wife files for e-mail divorce

    Riyadh, Oct 20 (IANS) An American woman has been allowed to file for divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the US with her three kids and prevented her from seeing them.

    The judge at an American court agreed to the request made by the woman after she proved that she could no longer communicate with him in any other way, Arab News reported.

    An arrest warrant has been issued against the man for kidnapping the children and refusing to return to the country, which is a violation of the custody rights previously granted to the mother, in addition to failing to attend a hearing in the matter.

    Jessica, who filed for divorce last April, said that they have been married since June 2004.

    "I am tired of being married to a person who took my kids from me and continues to deprive me of seeing them, while doing everything in his power to make our lives miserable," she said.

    The husband was a master's degree student at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and left the country Nov 24 last year with his children, nine-year-old Mohammed, seven-year-old Ibrahim, and five-year-old Ilyas, after the court granted them approval to visit their father.

    The court saw evidence confirming that he had received official documents via e-mail before.


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  • Kuwait: 'Buntaayana- Sangama 2014' on Friday 24th October

    Kuwait: Buntara Sangha Kuwait (BSK) announces their mega event "Buntaayana- Sangama 2014” on Friday 24th October 2014 from 11:30 am onwards at Cambridge English School Auditorium Mangaf, Kuwait.

    The highlights of the programme will be the Live Musical Orchestra, Classical & Semi-Classical dance by renowned groups from abroad as well by in-house talents. BSK takes this opportunity to invite all art lovers to this mega event. Entry for the event is free.


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  • KSA: Air India Express Passengers Stranded from 18 oct in Dammam Airport

    Dammam (KSA): The flight which was planned to fly on 18 october 2014, Saturday Evening at 8:30 pm from Dammam to Mangalore destination was delayed.

    Due to the maintenance reason the flight departure time from King Abdul Aziz Airport Dammam - KSA has been postponed to 20 October 2014 early morning departure.

    When passenger came to know that the flight was not available on the postponed schedule, they started questioning the staff and a commotion erupted between the Air India staff and the passengers at the Dammam International airport.

    Passengers are now confused and waiting for a solution inside the airport, they are demanding an alternate flight which can help them to travel to Mangalore International Airport.

    All the passengers are waiting for help from Indian Government - Ministry of Airlines, It is also learnt that the Saudi Ministry of Airlines communicated with the Indian Government to arrange for alternative flight for the passengers who have been temporarily accommodated in a Hotel. ...

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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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