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  • Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 43 dead

    Moscow : A freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 43 crew members have been killed, rescue workers said.

    The emergency services in Kamchatka, citing the head of the rescue operation, said 63 crew members were rescued and the fate of the remaining 26 from the Dalny Vostok trawler was unknown.

    More than 25 fishing boats in the area were helping to rescue the crew members, the emergency services said in a statement on their website.

    No cause for the sinking, which occurred late last night, was given. The Interfax news agency said shifting ice in the waters may have played a role.

    Besides Russia, Interfax said crew members came from Latvia, Ukraine, Myanmar and Vanuatu.

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  • Ravi Shankar’s ‘Art of Living’ gets ISIS threat

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian chapter of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has received threatening letters from the Islamic State terror group, a close aide of the spiritual leader claimed.

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is touring some countries in the far east and he landed in Malaysia yesterday and few days ago while he was in Cambodia, we received threat letters from ISIS, one was received by the hotel manager, one was received by the director of Art of Living and one by senior faculty and the content of the letter is very threatening saying if you go ahead with the programme there will be consequences,” said Nakul, an aide of Ravi Shankar.

    “The authorities have immediately notified the local authorities. We also contacted the Indian Embassy and we also conducted an investigation to find the source of the letter. We are going ahead,” he said.

    The Art of Living had a yoga programme in the morning which was attended by 10,000 people and there is a programme underway in Penang attended by 70,000 people which Sri Sri will be attending, he added. ISIS threat to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Pics of courier/ threat letter received in Malaysia. ...

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  • ?Encounter in Baramulla district, many injured

    Srinagar : A gunbattle broke out between militants and security forces in Tangmarg area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district today.

    Acting on a tip off about presence of militants in Kunzer village, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police official said.

    He said a gun battle broke out when militants opened firing on the security forces, who retaliated.

    No casualties have been reported in the incident so far, the official said, adding intermittent exchange of firing was going on between the two sides.



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  • Giriraj's comments in 'very bad taste', may file complaint: Nigerian High Commissioner

    New Delhi: The Nigerian High Commission took strong objection on Wednesday to the racist remarks by Union minister Giriraj Singh in which he refereed to a Nigerian woman and demanded an apology for the "unacceptable" comments.

    Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria O B Okongor said a complaint may be filed with the External Affairs Ministry as Singh's comments were in "very bad taste".

    "We expect the minister to withdraw the comments and apologise to the Nigerian people. We will notify our government about the issue," he said.

    Singh kicked up a major row with his remarks as he wondered whether Congress would have accepted Sonia Gandhi's leadership if she was not white-skinned.

    "Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian woman and if she was not a white-skinned woman, would the Congress have then accepted her leadership?" the minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises told journalists in Bihar's Hajipur on Tuesday.

    His comments drew condemnation from political parties and various women leaders.

    The Nigerian envoy said the High Commission would "notify" the Nigerian government about the minister's comments.

    Asked whether the High Commission would file a formal complaint with the Ministry of External Affairs, he said, "We need to file a complaint."
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  • ?BJP conclave to plan expansion of party base in 7 states

    Bengaluru : The two-day BJP National Executive meeting here from April 3 would adopt an action plan to ramp up the party's base in states where it has been weak, particularly in the South.
     
    The conclave, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will camp here for three days, party President Amit Shah and other top leaders, will be preceded by the Office-Bearers' meeting tomorrow.
     
    "We will be adopting an action plan to expand the party's base...particularly seven states - Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala," BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao told reporters here today.
     
    The Executive, which last met in August when it ratified the appointment of Amit Shah as party chief, was planned to be held here in January but put off as Modi was preoccupied with preparations for the visit of US President Barack Obama.
     
    Rao said the action plan would also address the issue of making the party powerful and Number One organisation in these states.
     
    BJP had announced on Sunday it had become the world's largest organisation with a membership of 8.8 crores, overtaking Communist Party of China with 8.6 crore members.
     
    "In the last elections we have garnered significant percentage of votes, but becoming powerful and number one party in these weak states is the target with which we will be going ahead. So, for that an action plan will be finalised in this meeting," he said.
     
    Rao also said the meeting would also discuss an action plan to reach out to people on the achievements of Narendra Modi government.
     
    "The meeting also will discuss how to reach out to people - taking the achievements of the government under Narendra Modi, particularly pro-farmers and pro-youth. All these issues will be discussed threadbare and action plan be prepared," he said.
     
    Rao said before adopting an action plan, it would discuss the future consolidation of the BJP.
     
    "After our party became the largest political outfit in the world by breaking the record previously held by the Communist Party of China, the meeting will discuss about the future consolidation of the party," he said.
     
    The meeting would work out plans to celebrate next year the centenary of the Deendayal Upadhyaya, stalwart of erstwhile Jan Sangh, the forerunner of the present day BJP.
     
    "He was a revered icon of Integral Humanism. He was an ideologue and a guiding force for an alternative model of governance and politics," Rao said.
     
    Karnataka BJP President Prahalad Joshi said Modi would address a public rally here on April 3. He will arrive tomorrow evening and be in the city till April 4.
     
    It will be the fourth time Karnataka is hosting the BJP national executive, he said.

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  • IAF flights bring back 358 Indians from Yemen; 168 land at Kochi, 190 in Mumbai

    Kochi/Mumbai : Two groups of Indian nationals evacuated from strife-torn Yemen landed at Kochi and Mumbai international airports on Thursday morning.

    An Indian Air Force plane carrying 168 Indian nationals landed at the Kochi airport at 2 AM, while another C17 Globemaster with 190 onboard landed in Mumbai.

    Kochi Arrival
     
    Those that arrived in Kochi at 2 AM, including nurses and workers among others, reached by the special flight--Indian Air Force's C17 Globemasters-- bringing an end to their about a week-long ordeal.
     
    The evacuees were welcomed at the airport by Kerala Minister for Diaspora K C Joseph, PWD Minister Ibrahim Kunju and Ernakulam District Collector M G Rajamanikyam.
     
    Parents of Jincy and Tincy, two nurses working with government hospitals in Yemen, are concerned about their elder daughter whose flight from Sana'a was cancelled even after a boarding pass was issued.
     
    Omana, mother of the nurses, hailing from Vadakkancherry of Palakkad district, said only Jincy, working in Aden, could reach home safely.
     
    "We are happy that our daughter Jincy is coming back on the special flight. But we are concerned about the safety our elder daughter Tincy who is in Sana'a. We hoped that she would also be reaching safely tonight.
     
    "Jincy could not come as the flight did not take off because of the last minute developments at Sana'a airport," said Omana who came to the airport along with her husband Soman to receive their daughters.
     
    A Kerala government official said the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (Norka) cell would give Rs 2000 each to the people who returned from Yemen at the airport besides providing them free transportation facilities to reach home.
     
    Mumbai Arrival
     
    The flight carrying 190 Indians from Yemen arrived around 3:25 AM at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here.
     
    Defence sources said that the flight to Mumbai could not take off on time from Djibouti due to the pending paper work of the evacuees.
     
    Many people did not have even their passports with them leading to delay in flight, the sources said.
     
    Maharashtra Tourism and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Mehta and MP Kirit Somaiya were present the airport to welcome the evacuees.
     
    The Central Railway has offered free-of-cost travelling for the evacuees till their destinations.
     
    The evacuation operation was a very difficult task as not much details were available with the IAF, Wing Commander Vikram Abbi, co-pilot of the flight said.
     
    Abbi said that the crew were told about the rescue operation on March 30 and the flight departed from India yesterday.
     
    One of the evacuees, Mary Amma Vargeese said, she was working as a nurse in a hospital in Aden for past two years. And, one day she suddenly "heard some exploding sound, after which I stopped going to work."
     
    "All the shops were closed, we didn't have food for many days," she said.



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  • West Bengal bans entry of VHP leader Togadia

    Kolkata : West Bengal government today banned the entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia into the state fearing "communal tension and disruption in public tranquility."

    The government issued a notification in this regard under the provision of Section 144 CrPC asking district magistrates to execute it in their respective jurisdictions, state Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said.

    "All district magistrates have been asked to execute the notification in their respective jurisdictions banning the entry into the state under Section 144 of CrPC to prevent disruption in public tranqility and communal tension," Banerjee told sources.

    State secretariat sources said the step was taken keeping in mind the upcoming civic polls in the state.

    "Ex-parte prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC have been promulgated throughout the state of West Bengal by the respective District Magistrates/Commissioner of Police on March 31, 2015 prohibiting entry of Dr Praveen Bhai Togadia, International Working President of VHP," a press note issued by the state Home Secretary said.

    Banerjee said that the orders were issued by the district magistrates and police commissioners on the basis of information available with them.

    "They apprehend that the entry of Praveen Togadia, who is holding closed-door or public meetings/rallies, will lead to communal tension and this would cause disturbance of the public tranquility," Banerjee said.



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  • Gujarat government passes controversial anti-terrorism and organized crime bill

    New Delhi: The Gujarat Assembly on Tuesday passed by a majority vote the controversial Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill which allows police to intercept and record telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.

    The Bill, which was earlier returned by the President thrice to the state government for reconsideration, was passed by a majority vote amid stiff resistance from Opposition Congress, which walked out of the House over its controversial provisions.

    The state government re-introduced the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill in the Assembly after renaming it. The bill, however, has retained the controversial provisions. The contentious provisions of the bill include admissibility of evidence collected through telephonic interception and confession made before police officer as evidence in court.

    The GUJCOC Bill, which was on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), was rejected in 2004 and 2008 by then President AJP Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively. After its passage for the third time in the State Assembly without any changes, the Bill is still pending for clearance from the President.

    The Bill was today again introduced in the House by Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel, after which a long debate took place on it, in which Opposition Congress demanded removal of controversial sections like telephonic interceptions, confessions made before some police officer as evidence and time limit of 180 days for filing of chargesheet.

    At the end of the discussion, Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela and Shaktisinh Gohil insisted that the controversial provisions should be dropped as per the suggestions of past Presidents when they rejected the Bill.

    However, Patel said that the provisions of this Bill are in favour of the nation, the people of this country and it allows us to take action against traitors and refused to drop those sections. Subsequently, Congress walked out of the House. Later, the Bill was passed by majority vote in the State Assembly.

    Section 14 of the Bill says, “Notwithstanding anything contained in the code or in any other law which is in force, the evidence collected through the interception of wire, electronic or oral communication under the provisions of any other law shall be admissible as evidence against the accused in the court during the trial of the case.”

    According to Section 16 of the Bill, accused’s statement before a police officer, not below the rank of Superintendent of police, will be treated as an evidence.

    While, Section 20 (2) (b) says stipulated time to complete probe and file the chargesheet can be exceeded to 180 days (six months) from the current stipulated time of 90 days. Another controversial provision under the bill is section 20 (4), which reads “no accused person in this act shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless the public prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application, the special court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that accused is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail.”

    The cases under the act can be tried only in a special courts set up for this purpose.

    Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil objected to the provisions of the Bill and said that some of them are even unconstitutional.

    He told the House that the provision of confession before a police officer is contradictory with Indian Evidence Act as according to Section 164 of CrPC and Indian Evidence Act, a statement before the magistrate can only be considered as an evidence.

    On the provision of not releasing an accused on bail, Gohil said the provision is unconstitutional which deprives the right of an accused to get released on bail on his own bond.

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  • SC stays summon against ex-PM Manmohan Singh, issues notice to CBI

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a trial court order summoning former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and five others in a coal scam case.

    The apex court also issued a notice to the CBI in connection with the matter and sought its reply within three weeks

    Manmohan Singh had moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the summons against him and stay of criminal proceedings in a CBI court in the coal block allocation case in which he has been named as an accused.

    Singh was ordered last month to appear in a CBI court on April 8 over accusations of criminal conspiracy and corruption in the alleged illegal award of a coal field in Odisha.

    The Special CBI court had earlier rejected the CBI's closure plea and issued summons to Singh, PC Parakh, Kumar Manglam Birla along with Hindalco, an Aditya Birla Group company, and its two top officials Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya, seeking their appearance before it as accused on April 8.

    In his plea, the former PM contended that there was no criminal intent on his part as layered administrative making mechanism was involved in the process.

    Singh had only taken a decision as a competent authority on allocation of Talabira II coal block to Hindalco on the representation of the Odisha government, the petition said.

    According to the SC website, the apex court would also hear simultaneously on April 1 the petitions filed by Hindalco and Bhattacharya.
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  • Two rural boys win state level IT quiz

    Raichur: Sameer Desai, from a remote village Antaragange in Raichur district, and Rajnarayan Dutta, from a tiny town in Assam, Bihpuria of Lakhimpur district, are studying in Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology and won the first prize in the State-level IT quiz competition – TCS Tech Bytes, conducted by TCS. The finals were conducted on Tuesday.

    This comes at a time when there is a debate on the mother tongue as the medium of instruction in primary classes, two young boys who studied in rural parts of Assam and Karnataka made the cut, setting an example.

    The budding engineers defeated several people from various prestigious institutes. The students, who are both fourth semester of Computer Science Engineering, won the Karnataka State-level trophy along with a scholarship of Rs. 75,000 and other gadgets in the IT quiz competition.

    They say that the Make in India call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inspired them to find innovative paths in the IT industry.
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  • Shootout at school: 'This country doesn't deserve daughters'- Girl's father

    Bengaluru: T Ramesh, the father of 17-year-old Gauthami who was shot dead by her hostel attendant on Tue­sd­ay night, still cannot believe his daughter is no more.

    “If this is the fate that awaits a girl child, no parent should beget a daughter. This country doesn’t deserve daughters,” he said in a choked voice. The man, who runs a medical store, struggled talking about his beloved daughter. He said he was totally traumatised by the ghastly incident. “I still cannot come to terms with the fact that my daughter was shot dead,” he said, pain evident in his expression.

    According to Ramesh, he had got a call from the college management around 11 pm on Tuesday that Gauthami had fallen from the hostel building. He was asked to come over immediately. He, along with his family members, then went to Narayana hospital near Kadugodi. Gauthami’s body was shown to them and the truth told. “It was a total shock,” he recalled. “We were numb with disbelief.”

    The management claimed that the girl had been having an affair with Mahesh, the hostel attendant, for the past one year. Something went wrong between them and he killed her. But Ramesh refused to believe the story. “I stand by my daughter. She was never a girl who would get into such things. There is something missing in the entire story. It should be figured out,” he said.

    He has many unanswered questions. How and from where did the suspect get the weapon? Where were the security guard and the hostel warden when the incident took place. “The police should answer these questions,” he demanded. Ramesh remembers his daughter as “well-behaved and academically brilliant”. “She was a topper in SSLC exams . You can verify this with her teachers at Hanuman Public School in Davangere. She would tell her mother Lakshmi that she wanted to study medicine and become an IAS officer,” he said.

    Gauthami’s uncle Balaji, too, demanded a thorough investigation into the incident. “All we want to know is why did this man (Mahesh) shoot her dead? What is the real motive for the murder? We have faith in the police and are confident that justice will be done to us,” he said. This view was echoed by B R Srinath, the father of Shirisha, the 16-year-old girl who was also shot by Mahesh but escaped with injuries.

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  • BJP meet to sharpen south focus; Modi, Shah arrive in city

    Bengaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in the city by a special flight at HAL airport on Thursday to participate in the BJP national office-bearers’ and executive meetings.

    During his two-day stay, he will address a public meeting at National?College Grounds in Basavanagudi at 5 pm on April 3. It will be the fifth public rally to be addressed by Modi in Bengaluru after he was declared the prime ministerial candidate.

    Party national president Amit Shah, former chief ministers B S Yeddyurappa, D V Sadananda Gowda, Jagadish Shettar, Union Minister Ananth Kumar, K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka will be sharing the dais with Modi. Modi will land at HAL airport at 2.30 pm and will be received by Governor Vajubhai Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah among others. BJP workers will be present outside the airport to greet the prime minister.

    Official sources said Modi will address the national executive on April 4. The prime minister will leave for New Delhi the same day at 2.30 pm. During his stay, Modi will interact with BJP MPs and legislators.

    The BJP national executive meeting is expected to bolster the confidence of the party workers in the State.

    Senior leaders will take part in the conclave. “The meeting will help strengthen the party and come back to power in the State,” State BJP president Pralhad Joshi told reporters on Wednesday.

    It will help the party prepare for BBMP polls. Former deputy chief minister R Ashoka has been given the responsibility of organising the rally. Besides, elections will be held to gram panchayats (GPs) in June this year in the State. Though GP polls are not fought on party symbols, they are crucial for parties to strengthen their base.

    Joshi said one of the reasons for holding the national executive in Bengaluru was to strengthen the party in South India. “The party has already grown in strength in Karnataka. We should work towards making our presence felt strongly in other South Indian states,” he said. Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said the party had an opportunity to come back to power in Karnataka. Hence, the leaders have decided to hold the national executive in Bengaluru.


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  • Janata Parivar parties to merge with no hiccups, says top leader

    The merger of all Janata Parivar parties will be announced in time to prepare for the Bihar Assembly elections and the six constituents have decided on the symbol and the flag of the proposed new party, its leaders said in Patna on Wednesday.

    Janata Dal-United National General Secretary KC Tyagi said that they have zeroed in on two names, ‘Samajwadi Janata Dal’ and ‘Samajwadi Janata Party’, one of which will be chosen for the new party. “There are no hiccups in the merger now,” he said.

    The six parties, which are in the process of uniting, are Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party, Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Janata Dal-Secular led by former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and the Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP).

    The merger is being touted as an effort to take on the BJP, which, barring Delhi, has notched strong performances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir after storming to power at the Centre in May last year.

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    The Janata Parivar parties have decided to “adopt the Samajwadi Party (SP) symbol bicycle” as well as the red and green flag after their merger into one party, a top Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI. Sources said the decisions to adopt the symbol and the flag of the SP was taken considering its superior strength in Parliament and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

    The Samajwadi Party has five seats in the Lok Sabha, 15 in the Rajya Sabha and 232 in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. On the other hand, Lalu Prasad’s RJD has four Lok Sabha members and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the JD-U has two in the Lok Sabha and 12 in the Rajya Sabha.

    Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal-Secular has two seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the Indian National Lok Dal has two members in the Lower House and one in the Upper House of Parliament. In totality, the new party will have 15 Lok Sabha MPs and 30 in the Upper House.

    Big push ahead of Bihar elections

    Asked about the seat-sharing deal between the JD-U and the RJD in the Bihar elections scheduled later this year, Tyagi said, “The Bihar polls are definitely our focus, but first let the new party be formed. We want to concentrate on Bihar with our full strength, which is the reason we want the merger to happen quickly.”

    Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has been authorised to oversee and facilitate the merger, is currently in Lucknow. “He is expected to arrive in Delhi today or tomorrow to meet INLD leader Abhay Chautala and JD-S leader HD Deve Gowda, after which the merger will be announced,” Tyagi said.

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  • After 'White-Skinned' comment, Giriraj Singh pleads 'Off the Record'

    New Delhi: Controversial BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh made a racist comment on Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, asking if the Congress party would have accepted her if she had not been white-skinned.

    "If Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian or if she (Sonia) wasn't white skinned, would Congress accept her as a leader?" said the BJP MP from Bihar during a meeting in Hajipur.

    However, later back-tracking on his remarks, speaking to ANI, Giriraj Singh said, "During off record sessions, many things are said. If Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi are hurt by my statements, I regret what I said."

    He further added, "People do talk off the record among each other, it's a different thing how it is presented."

    The Minister, who had courted controversies in the past with remarks during Lok Sabha elections like people opposed to Narendra Modi can go to Pakistan, also mocked Rahul Gandhi's absence from the political scene and likened it to the "missing Malaysian airliner".

    "Imagine a situation, if Congress was in power instead of us and had Rahul been the Prime Minister, and if for some reason, the PM had disappeared for more than 47 days.

    "Absence of Congress Vice President is similar to that of the missing Malaysian airliner that still has not been located. The same way the Congress leader was not present in the budget session. No one in Congress is ready to speak. This is unfortunate for the Congress and a joke for the country," he said.

    Congress leader and former minister of state for home RPN Singh demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should publicly apologise for Giriraj Singh’s racist remark.

    “I strongly condemn the derogatory remarks used by a Union Minister against Smt. Sonia Gandhi. It is not just derogatory to Sonia Gandhi, but to the all women of this country. I think it has become a habit with BJP ministers to make these kinds of outlandish remarks. It is time for the Prime Minister who keeps saying that these kinds of remarks should not be made, but every week we had a remark made by some MP or some minister in the government. We seek apology from the Prime Minister,” he told ANI.

    Reacting to Singh's comment, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said, " This is a very derogatory remark and in full contempt for working women, this is racist. In our country there is no code of conduct which can control such remarks, it's unfortunate."

    Criticising Singh, Shobha Oza said, "I think Giriraj Singh ji has lost his mental balance, he needs to consult a psychiatrist."

    Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, "When the mukhia of a party is guilty of targetting opposition leader with cheap personal attacks then can Giriraj Singh be far behind? Shame."

    A day ago, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar allegedly advised the agitating nurses that they should not stage hunger strike in the sun because it will make them 'dark' and 'ruin their marital prospects'.

     


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  • Bengaluru: police detain the accused in the PU student murder case

    Bengaluru (Agencies/ DHNS): The Bengaluru police on Wednesday detained the accused Mahesh in the PU student murder case. Gauthami, an 18-year-old girl was allegedly gunned down by Mahesh, an attender in a private college.

    On Tuesday night, Mahesh is said to have barged into the hostel room on the third floor in which the two girls, studying second year Pre-University course (standard 12) in Pragathi college at Kadugodi, on city outskirts, and fired, killing Gautami instantly and injuring her friend Sirisha, Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi told reporters.

    Gauthami and Sirisha hailed from Pavagada in Tumkur district while Mahesh is a native of Agumbe in Shivamogga.

    Though there are reports that Mahesh was very close to Gauthami, the police investigating the case claimed that there was no relationship between Gauthami and Mahesh.

    The injured girl is "out of danger" and is being treated at a private hospital here, he said.

    Reddi said the attender working with the institution for the last two years was absconding and the motive behind the killing was not yet known.

    Describing it as "an unfortunate incident", Home Minister K J George, who visited the college, said the two students were at the hostel last night when the attender "shot at one girl and has killed her."

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     (IANS) An 18-year-old girl student was shot dead in her school premises here by an office attendant for spurning his advances, police said on Wednesday.

    "We have registered a case against the accused (Mahesh, 30) who is absconding from the school, and have set up three special teams to hunt him down," city police commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters here.

    Gauthami was a student of second year pre-university course at Pragathi school in the city's eastern suburb and was staying in the girls hostel as she hailed from Pavagada in Tumakuru district, about 70 km from here.

    "According to the girl's friend Sirisha, who was injured in the firing, the attacker barged into the third floor hostel room of Gauthami around 11 p.m. on Tuesday and opened fire at her as she opened the door on hearing a knock," Reddi said.

    Though what provoked Mahesh to shoot the girl is being investigated, police suspect that Mahesh had fired at her for spurning his advances and rejecting his love.

    "We have learnt from the school authorities that Mahesh was working in the school the past two years," Reddi added.

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  • Capital of AP to be called Amaravathi, after Satavahana City

    Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to name the new capital of the state which is coming up in Vijayawada-Guntur region as `Amaravathi', after the ancient seat of power of the Satavahanas.

    The resolution to this effect was passed by the state cabinet which met under chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu here.
     
    Amaravathi town is located in Guntur district and the same name is being adopted for the capital in view of its historical, spiritual and mythological significance, Naidu told reporters tonight.
     
    It is the city of Lord Indra, the king of the gods, the chief minister said referring to mythology.
     
    Amaravathi, located on the banks of river Krishna, derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village and it is known as 'Dakshina Kashi' (Kashi of the south), he said, adding it was the capital of Satavahana rulers for 400 years.
     
    Amaravathi has a lot of Buddhist significance as well with Lord Buddha believed to have visited the village, besides King Ashoka and famed Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang also believed to have visited the place.
     
    It has been found in excavations that certain relic of Gautam Buddha were preserved in the village. Buddhist spiritual guru Dalai Lama had conducted 'Kalachakra', a Buddhist event, some years ago at Amaravathi and the Centre has recently identified it as a heritage city, Naidu said.
     
    The government would like to develop the capital as a modern city that is convenient to poor people as well, the chief minister said, adding it would be a "people's capital."
     
    The Singapore government is preparing master plan for the capital for free. The plan has three components -- overall capital region, capital city and seed capital, Naidu said.
     
    The Singapore government submitted a report on capital region during Naidu's visit to the city state yesterday, the capital city master plan details would be submitted by May 15 and that on seed capital would be given by June.
     
    The capital would be connected by radial roads and will have satellite townships. There would be a ring road, railway connectivity and a new airport.
     
    Inland waterways and growth corridors would be developed around the capital and its region. The state cabinet has in-principle accepted the broad details of master plan for capital city and capital region and any new ideas would be incorporated.
     
    Naidu thanked the farmers and land owners in the proposed capital region who have handed over about 33,000 acres of land.
     
    The cabinet meeting also approved the state's industrial policy which would be in force from 2015 to 2020. A sectoral policy for textiles, biotechnology an automobile has also been announced.
     
    Single desk clearance, 24x7 power supply, tax exemptions, forming a land bank of 15-20 lakh acres, skill development for local residents and emphasis on promoting SC, ST, BC and women entrepreneurs are some of the main features of the policies.
     
    Naidu thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Centre for releasing funds under various heads to AP as part of promises made to the state during bifurcation last year.

    He, however, said further support is required to the state till it achieved a level playing field.  

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  • Petrol prices cut by 49 paise/litre, diesel by Rs 1.21

    New Delhi (PTI): After two consecutive hikes, petrol prices were today cut by 49 paise per litre and diesel by Rs 1.21 a litre on softening international oil rates.

    The reduction in rates will be effective from midnight tonight.

    Prices of petrol in Delhi will be Rs 60 a litre from tomorrow as against the current Rs 60.49, while diesel will cost Rs 48.50 per litre as compared with Rs 49.71 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the nation’s largest oil company, said.

    The reduction follows two rounds of price hikes in February and March -- first by Rs 0.82 a litre in petrol and Rs 0.61 per litre in diesel on February 16 and by Rs 3.18 per litre in petrol and Rs 3.09 a litre in diesel on March 1.

    Since the last price change, "the international prices of both petrol and diesel have declined. The Rupee-US Dollar exchange rate has, however, depreciated. The impact of both these factors warrants decrease in retail selling prices of both petrol and diesel," IOC said in a statement.

    Prior to these increases, petrol price had been cut on ten occasions since August 2014 and diesel six times since October 2014.

    Cumulatively, petrol prices had been cut by Rs 17.11 per litre in ten reductions since August and diesel by Rs 12.96 a litre since its deregulation in October.
    This trend was reversed when rates were raised on February 16.

    Fuel prices would have been lower but for four consecutive excise duty hikes since November totalling Rs 7.75 a litre on petrol and Rs 7.50 on diesel.

    "The movement of prices in international oil market and Rupee-USD exchange rate shall continue to be closely monitored and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes," the IOC statement said. 

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  • 9.13 Lakh fake currency seized in Bengaluru

    Bengaluru: Beware of counterfeit notes in circulation. Fake notes worth Rs 9.13 lakh were seized from six persons near the flyover at B Narayanapura junction, east Bengaluru by the CCB.

    Joint commissioner of police (crime) Chandrashekhar said a Central Crime Branch (CCB) team intercepted a Tata Indica at the junction on Monday and arrested the six persons travelling in it.

    "The CCB team seized the car and 10 mobile phones from them. There were 399 fake notes of Rs 1000 denomination, and 1028 notes of Rs 500," said Chandrashekhar.

    The arrested are Afroze 41, from Gauribidanur, Chikkaballapur district; Sabir Ali alias Babu, 23, and Masood, 18, both from West Bengal; Asifulla Khan and Mahid Ullakhan, from Mysore, and Syed Asif from KG Halli in east Bengaluru.

    Police said they are part of a bigger gang who circulate fake currency in the country. "The fake notes, printed in Pakistan and transported to Bangladesh, is smuggled into India through the porous border along Malda district of West Bengal," a police officer said.

     

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  • Police Flag Day observed in Managaluru

    Mangaluru: Mangaluru Police Commissionerate and the Daskhina Kannada district jointly observed the Police Flag and Welfare Day on the police grounds here on Wednesday April 2.

    Retired ASI Kushalappa Gowda was present as the chief guest and received the salute at the parade. The program was presided over by the IGP of Western Range, Amrit Paul IPS along with Police Commissioner S. Murugan, SP Dr. Sharanappa and DCP of Law & Order Santosh Babu. The police flag day sticker was released by Kushalappa Gowda on the occasion.

    Addressing the gathering Kushalappa Gowda expressed his sadness over ill-treating the retired police officers.  “The media is very strong and plays a vital role in giving justice, when the police officials are unable to do it. After retirement of a police officer he is being treated as a useless buffaloe" He said.

    He also stressed that the retired police officers should get all the benefits, such as medical benefits and canteen facilities. If the entire family cannot get medical benefits, let couples at least get the medical benefits. The canteen facilities should be given to the retired policemen” he said. He further added that these are not in the hands of the police department but higher officers need to pressurize the government to provide these facilities.

    In his presidential speech Western range IGP Amrit Paul said that the Flag Day would always assist in recognizing the committed service that the force renders to the society.

    He also said that a memorandum has been submitted to the government with high recommendation to provide medical assistance and canteen facilities to the retired officers.

    Children of police officers who scored high marks in SSLC, PUC and Engineering were felicitated by Nalini S Bhandary on the occasion. ASP probation Suman Pennekar IPS led the parade. Lanet Castelino compered the programme.
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  • Illegal water connections, fix meters, charge

    Mangaluru : MLA, Mangaluru City South, J R Lobo, at a meeting  on April 1 suggested to  fix  meters to illegal water connections along the main supply pipes between Thumbe and Padil and supply water for a fixed time to those areas.  The MLA informed round-the-clock tapping of water through illegal pipes should be stopped immediately to ensure that the city got more water in summer when water consumption increased.

    An official of the Mangaluru City Corporation had earlier told the meeting that though water was being pumped into two 18 million gallon a day capacity main pipes from Thumbe vented dam, it was not reaching the city in full capacity due to illegal tapping from the main pipes, an issue not addressed for decades. As a result, the civic body was not able to supply water to some high reach areas in the city as people consumed more water in summer.

    Supplying water to such areas would not be a problem in monsoon when people consumed less water. MLA  Lobo suggested stopping round-the-clock water to illegal connections under the gram pachayats of Thumbe, Pudu, Adyar and Arkula as an immediate measure to augment water supply to the city. Meters should be fixed and water supplied at a given time.

    An official of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat told the meeting that a Rs. 23-crore project had been prepared as a permanent solution to end the illegal tapping issue. Water would be supplied to the gram panchayat areas from on old 2.5 MGD capacity main pipe .

    But, B. Ramanath Rai, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada, who had convened the meeting to discuss drinking water issues, switched over to an other subject without giving any specific instruction on the suggestion by MLA  Lobo.

    Referring to water issues in rural areas, Minister  Rai instructed officials to drill borewells as an immediate measure. He also suggested to study whether existing water supply pipelines could be extended to areas where there was scarcity.
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  • Mangaluru: ‘Jagriti’- Child Safety Workshop at Govt Primary School Kodikal by Martial Artist K Katee

    Mangaluru: 'Jagriti’ a child safety workshop and child self defence techniques demonstration was organized by the students of the Department of Mass Communication, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru on 1 April 2015 at Govt Primary school Kodikal. This child safety awareness program was conducted in collaboration with the Mangalore based NGO, Inchara Foundation (R) and Department of MSW of St Aloysius College.

    Preetam Rodrigues of Inchara Foundation along with his team members interacted with the school children and gave insights about child safety. With an experience of conducting awareness program ‘Project Angel’ for more than 2500 children across Mangaluru. Preetam and team successfully conducted child safety awareness class for students of 6th, 7th and 8th standards of Dakshina Kannada District Higher Primary school Kodikal, Mangaluru. He spoke about how alertness and being mindful in each situation is very important to tackle any problem. A video presentation was also conducted to instigate the children’s understanding on different safety measures that was elaborated later.

    In continuation to the prior session a self defense demonstration was performed by Kartik Kateel also known as ‘Mangalore Ekalavya’, ‘Stunt Ekalavya’ who has completed his 123rd Swarksha- Self Defence Technique for the school girls and made them witness various techniques that one can do to defend themselves, it was an extremely interactive session as volunteers from the audience also got a chance to try out some of the self defence moves. Kartik Kateel has also organised self defense program for around 30,000 girls and women’s across the state.

    The department of Mass Communication of St Aloysius College Mangaluru has been supportive in organising various programs to empower, safeguard the society from various anticipatory evils and has been exhibiting their active participation. In concern to multiple incidents that happened in Mangaluru on children this workshop Jagriti was organised on keeping note about the problems school children confront.

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  • Man falls from the coconut tree: Dies in the hospital

    Kundapur: A person who had fallen from a coconut tree a week ago breathed his last in Chinmaya hospital after failing to respond to the treatment.

    The deceased person is Durgayya Mastayya Naik (30) a resident of Sarpanakatte in Bhatkal.

    Durgayya had climbed a coconut tree on March 23 to pluck the coconuts, but he lost control and fell on the ground. He was rushed to Chinmaya hospital. Durgayya had suffered bone fractures of his two hands and one leg. After treatment his health condition was improving. But on Wednesday afternoon he breathed his last. Durgayya is married and has a six month old child
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  • Sthri Shakti’ : Women’s Self Defence Techniques workshop

    Mangalore: “Sthri Shakti’ a Self Defence Technique workshop and a talk for women was organized by the students of the Department of Mass Communication, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru on March,31 This awareness program was conducted in association with the Mangalore based NGO, Centre for Integrated Learning (CIL) & Institute of Karate & Allied Arts.

    Mrs Asha Nayak, Advocate & Notary, Former Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, D.K addressing the gathering and gave insight on the various legal acts and aspects of the judicial system of India and how the security of women at domestic and professional level is being taken seriously after 67 years of independence and also crime reporting in against women is really less and only elite issues are publicised.

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    Are women really safe in India? The question was posed by Mrs Sanhitha Nadagopala, Executive Director, Centre for Integrated Learning as she began her enlightening speech on the safety and security of women in India, as she left the audience to ponder over her formerly asked question, she emphasized that the reason that women are insecure in the country is because of our society, the moment we focus on the downtrodden and not only the elite, women empowerment is truly the need of the hour in our patriarchal society.

    The demonstration performed by Institute of Karate & Allied Arts led by Ms Gladwin Fernandes and team was the highlight of the event and it kept the audience at the edge of their seat as they witnessed the various steps that one can take to defend themselves, it was an extremely interactive session as volunteers from the audience also got a chance to try out some of the self defence moves.

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    The department of Mass Communication of St Aloysius College Mangaluru has been supportive in women empowerment and has been exhibiting their active participation in women related issues. In concern to multiple incidents that happened in Mangaluru the first year students Of the Mass Communication, conducted a street play ‘Nirbhayatva’ and this workshop ‘Sthri Shakti’ will be a continuation of the promised sequence.

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  • Best health care for Koraga, Malekudiya people available

    Manipal: Speaking at the meeting organized for district health department officials,  Udupi DC  R Vishal said there are sufficient funds to provide adequate health care amenities to Koraga and Malekudiya communities and health care professionals,  the administration should act as catalysts. He directed officials to make use of the resources available and offer best quality health care facilities to the public.

    He said the district social welfare, district women and child welfare department, and the district engineering division should join hands with the district health department to ensure the effective delivery of health care amenities, he added.    He said people should be told about the good treatment that is available in the government hospitals for tuberculosis even free of cost.  The treatment at the private hospitals would be the same as that of the government hospitals, however the patients have to pay heavy treatment charges.

    He also directed the health department officials to submit proposal that would ensure the better performance of the health department. He said the DHO should issue notices immediately to those who misuse the Vajpayee Arogyasri Yojana.

    Pointing out at the shortage of staff at taluk government hospitals, the DC said there is provision to take the D group workers and the drivers on contract and he directed the DHO to revive the formalities.  The district vigilance committee official said that as many as 40 H1N1 cases and 2 deaths were reported in the district in the past three months. The intensity of the infection has reduced when compared to last year.

    The MCVR facility for H1N1 is available in all government hospitals in the district and in KMC, Manipal. The DC ordered the health officials to work out with KMC Manipal to overcome the problem of sex ratio. The official said the cases reported of diarrhoea, rat fever, snakebite and measles are many in number.

    The DHO said there is drastic reduction in the leprosy cases and there are adequate drugs for snakebite and dog bite in the district.

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  • Mangaluru: Non-activation of MOFA number - GAMCA Office Gheraoed by Saudi Visa Holders

    Mangaluru: More than 70 people gathered in front of the GCC Approved Medical Center Association, Balmatta here on April 1, demanding to close down Medistar diagnostic center for not being able to register their medical reports.

    Speaking to mangalorean.com, a travel agent Nizammuddin said that people come to GAMCA for medical tests to go to gulf countries for employment. "Candidates pay a huge amount for their employment visa and come to GAMCA for medical test. Every candidate should pay Rs 4200 for their medical test and this is the only center for the test in Dakshina Kannada. When candidates come here, the association divides them based on the country of employment. There are four centers, where the medical test is being done. They are National, Unity, Shivam and Medistar. There is no problem in processing the medical reports in three hospitals. But the medical reports of Medistar are creating problems for the candidates. We get the medical reports but while entering online, the report is not being accepted." 

    Speaking to mangalorean.com, Rasheed, a candidate to Saudi, said that many candidates have paid huge amounts to get the employment visa. "For some candidates only 15 days are left to join duty in Saudi. They have already booked their air tickets. We have done our medical test and have got the report as "Fit", but when we register our report online, the report is not being accepted. When we come to the GAMCA office, they give us assurance of getting it within 15 days, but from the past one month we have been unable to register our medical report. We cannot go to other centers for medical test without finishing three months after doing the test in one center. Now more than 70 candidates have not received the MOFA number, which will create problems for them."

    The candidates demanded the shut down of Medistar diagnostic center which is creating unnecessary problems for them, even though they have a medical test report and air ticket. 

    Speaking to mangalorean.com, an employee of the GAMCA Raghavendra said, "We have four centres registered under GAMCA at National, Unity, Shivam and Medistar diagnostic center. When any candidate comes here for a medical test, we register their names and according to their visa, we send them to different medical centers. Candidates going to Saudi are sent to Medistar for medical test. The three centers, National, Unity and Shivam are providing the medical reports on time, but Medistar has not payed the fees to the consulate and so the consulate is not activating the MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) number. The candidates should go and talk to the consulate but the candidates are not ready to talk to them. We are working here and we are doing our duty." 

    When asked why the association is not taking action on Medistar diagnostic center, he said that the association has been informed and have assured to solve the problem by April 1. "Now, the Medistar owner is not responding to our call."

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  • Bikers snatch gold chain from an elderly woman

    Mangaluru: Bike borne miscreants snatched a gold chain of an elderly woman near Mahakalipadpu  near Jeppu on Tuesday March 31.

    It is said that G. Kasturi (75) was walking on the road near her house in the evening on Tuesday. Two youth who came on a bike stopped near her and asked for the route to a BPO. As Kasturi was showing the direction, the man in the pillion pulled her chain. They then sped away on their bike.

    The value of the stolen chain was said to be Rs. 60,000.
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  • Hit-and-run case: Prosecution urges court to reject claim of Salman’s driver

    Mumbai: The 2002 hit and run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan took a rather interesting turn after his driver came out in the open saying that he was the one behind the wheel. However, this was rejected by prosecution on Wednesday, saying it appears to be a “brought up” witness whose contention was belated and introduced at the fag end of the trial.

    Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, at the end of cross-examination, claimed the witness was not present in the car when the incident happened, and was given a lot of money to take responsibility.

    Salman had submitted for the first time on Monday that his driver was at the wheel and not him, while giving his statement after evidence was closed in the case, said special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat on Wednesday while making final arguments in the sessions court.

    Salman was charged with killing one person and injuring four others by ramming his vehicle into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002. In his arguments, Gharat said none of the witnesses examined in the court was given this suggestion or confronted with this new piece of evidence claimed by Salman.

    Gharat argued that Salman had not mentioned about his driver Ashok Singh at any stage of the trial earlier and had disclosed this only when his statement was being recorded. At that time, the judge also asked the actor if he wished to examine himself. To this, he had replied in the negative. “If he (Salman Khan) had chosen to examine himself he would have been exposed in cross-examination, Gharat further argued.

    The accused had in the beginning of the trial accepted that the vehicle was owned by him and was in his possession when the mishap occurred. Even at that stage he did not disclose that his driver Ashok Singh was driving the car at the relevant time, said Gharat.

    Ashok Singh told the sessions court on Monday that it was he was behind the wheel, and not the actor, at the time of the accident. The prosecution had alleged that Salman did not have driving licence and was under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident. Salman had denied both charges. “It appears that he (Ashok Singh) is a ‘brought up’ witness and as such his evidence cannot be accepted”, Gharat contended. The prosecutor said police constable Ravindra Ptil, a complainant in the case and also bodyguard of Salman, had said in his statement about three persons occupying the car — he (himself), accused Salman and his friend Kamaal.

    Even Patil had not mentioned about the fourth person, i.e Ashok Singh, as claimed by the actor, the prosecutor said.

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  • Thousands to Pray and Walk on Good Friday for Govt Attention on Christians Attacks

    Mumbai: Thousands of Christians will trudge a grueling and arduous walk, over kilometers in scorching heat, starting out from Sacred Heart Church in suburban Mumbai's Khar West, while a troupe will enact scenes, believed to have happened on the first Good Friday. The walking pilgrimage will start in the morning at around 10.30 am and conclude in the evening at around 4 pm. The procession with various tableau will wend its way through the lanes of Mumbai's Khar, Santacruz, Vakola and Kalina in the suburbs. The crucifixion dramatization near St. Anthony's Church, Vakola, moves many to tears, even as some stand bare feet at the end of a fulfilling spiritual experience of 40 days of prayer, fasting, abstinence and repentance.

    The procession in its 28th year, draws Christians from all over the city, with even children, women, priests and nuns joining in to partake in portrayal of the torture and death of Jesus Christ, enacted through a musical played out on the streets. The faithful pray and mourn for the intention of the day - Christians denied freedom of faith and religious liberty.

    Speaking on the 2015 theme, Joseph Dias, who started this tradition 27 years ago, which has not found a parallel in the country said, "The intention this year "Persecution in India & Praying for the Government to Act" in addition to persecution around the world. Even though the community contributes majorly towards ameliorating the lot of the poor and needy, the government apathy towards Indian Christians is taking its toll, even as communal elements target us. A Christian way to deal with the issue is to first solemnly fast and intercede with God, which is what we are doing today. Jesus told us to pray for our persecutors and this is a public display of our hurt sentiments and a cry for justice.The community, being ignored is determined not to take it lying down".

    Thousands of passer-byes will witness the Calvary (place where Jesus was crucified) story, with biblical characters acting out the arrest and the last few hours before Jesus death. Similar enactments are known to happen in the Philippines and Latin America, with a couple of Christians actually being nailed to a cross, to experience in a small way the suffering of Jesus on the first Good Friday. In India though, Joseph Dias, who is the general secretary of The CSF, pointed out that it is the only one of its kind and was also started since many non-Christians believed that Good Friday is a feast, rather than a day of mourning. He pointed out that "while fundamentalists of various hues and colours are persecuting Christians, the inaction and official neglect by the government is appalling; as Christians have their human rights violated and are not given their due. But, the example of Jesus and Christianity commands us not to retaliate, but express ourselves in a non-violent manner. As a micro minority, with minuscule numbers to be politically influential; the government seems to take us for granted. This march signals the heralding of Christians as politically active citizens".

    The pilgrims will look forward to a new hope, that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday brings, which will also be enacted, near St. Charles Convent, Vakola. The Stations of the Cross, as the devotion is called will stop still at 3 pm, believed to be the time, when Jesus died or the moment of grace to pray for the intentions and the theme.The focus will also be on Christians activists in various parts of the country, who are victims of police atrocities and Christians undergoing severe persecution from fundamentalists and anti-national forces. Other forms of discrimination faced by the community mentioned were those of political alienation, bureaucratic victimization, Dalit Christians, anti-conversion laws, targeted violence, economic deprivation, social boycott, etc.

    The 15 Stations of the Cross enacted will be sequences such as - the arrest of Jesus, Jesus being sentenced by Pontius Pilate, the falls of Jesus, Jesus meeting the women of Jerusalem, his mother and disciples at the cross, Veronica wiping the face of Jesus... This, many community members feel is a dignified Christian way protesting against the subtle and not so subtle attacks on the community.

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  • Two more arrested in 13/7 Mumbai serial blast case

    Mumbai:  The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested two alleged associates of top Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the 2011 serial blasts in the metropolis.

    ATS took custody of Sayyed Ismail Afaq Lanka (36) and Saddam Hussain Fairoz Khan (28) -- residents of Bhatkal in Karnataka -- from Bengaluru Police.
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    The duo is suspected to have provided explosive materials to Yasin to carry out blasts across the country, including the 2011 bombings here, it said.

    Three powerful blasts ripped through crowded areas in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, killing at least 21 people and injuring 141 others.

    According to ATS, Bengaluru Police had on January 8 arrested Lanka and Khan with explosives and booked them under Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act (UAPA) and Explosives Substances Act.

    "Our team went and questioned the two. During questioning it emerged Lanka and Khan had supplied explosives to Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Haddi, another accused in the case, too to execute the blasts in Mumbai," said an ATS officer.

    The duo would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

    With their arrest, total 12 people have been arrested in connection with the blasts. Those arrested earlier include Yasin, Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar (both students), Mohammed Kafeel, a Bihar resident, Haroon Rasheed Naik, Waqqas, Tehseen Shaikh alias Monu, Haddi and Ejaz Shaikh.

    Kanwarnain Pathreja, a Delhi-based hawala operator was also arrested in the case and later granted bail.

    Those still wanted in the case are Riyaz Bhatkal, Wasim alias Ibrahim, Muzaffar Kola and his nephew Ubaid.

     


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  • Social Forum Cup : ISF Team Jersey Release Ceremony Held at Dammam

    The Indian Social Forum Khobar – Dammam branch held a

    Jersey Release Program and Captains Meet at the Rose

     Restaurant Dammam as part of its Cricket Tournament scheduled

    on April 10, 2015. The Jersey Release Program was witnessed by

     Representatives and Captains of invited teams from Dammam-Khobar. 

     

    The program started with a Presidential Address by the Indian

    Social Forum Karnataka Chapter President Mr. Mohammed Sharieff;

     during his brief note he explained about the aims and objectives of the

     cricket tournament.  He said that “we cannot help everyone,

    but everyone can help someone”, Social Forum Cup is held for the

    noble cause of Community Welfare Service Activities across Eastern

    Province and in India as well.  He requested the participating teams

     to join hands with Indian Social Forum to serve the expatriates of

    Indian Community under the banner of Indian Social Forum beyond

    regional, religious and linguistic barriers.

     

    Mean time the team representatives and captains introduced their

     teams to the guests and the audience.  Later match fixtures were

    held by the cricket organizing committee chairperson Mr. Saeed and

     MrShafi Imran. Social Forum Cup-2015 Rules and regulations

     was released by ISF Karnataka State Secretary Mr. Bava Shabu

    Beary.  A copy of Rules and Regulations was also circulated among

    representatives of the participating teams.

     

    At the end, a beautifully designed Jersey of Indian Social Forum

     Team was released by the dignitaries to the team captain/players

    of Indian Social Forum which was sponsored by Fabrotech &

    Al Musaad Company.

     

    Finally, there was a Question & Answer session which was smoothly

    handled by the Cricket organizing committee Chairperson Mr. Saeed.

     

    Indian Social Forum Alkhobar Branch President Mr. Abdul Nassir

    presided over the program. Karnataka State Gen. Secretary

    Mr. A.M.Arif, concluded the program. Dammam Branch President

     Mr. N. Fayaz offered vote of thanks.  The event was successfully

     hosted by Indian Social Forum Khobar Branch Secretary Mr. Abdul

    Samath.


    The ISF Official stated that , as scheduled  Jubail Social Forum Cup

    tournament FINAL MATCHES & GRNAD FINALE Ceremony  to be 

    conclude on April,2 & 3, 2015 at AlFalah Ground Jubail. 

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  • Smart Cities is the solution to rapid urbanisation: expert

    Dubai: Smart Cities is the main solution to cope with the multiple challenges of resource management and environment protection thrown by the rapid urbanisation, a leading expert has said. “As the population gravitates toward urban areas, globally, we are bound to have higher air pollution, water and energy shortages, traffic congestions and issues like inadequate capacities for disposing of urban and industrial waste for long,” said Hamza Achour, Marketing, Alliances & Sales Operations Manager of Smartworld – a digital smart service provider in the Middle East.

    “Smart and intelligent cities are the way forward if we want to ensure superior connectivity, healthy and comfortable lifestyles for all and not be hit by scarcity of resources. Major initiatives are being taken to make cities smarter which will utilise new technology to attain their goals efficiently,” Achour said. Recently, India announced its plan to develop 100 smart cities. UK’s Bristol announced ‘Bristol is open’ a multi- million pound experiment to create the smart city of the future. In Japan, the national government has selected 13 locations for its Eco-Model Cities (EMC) scheme, said Achour.

    According to a United Nations report, urbanisation, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population, could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, necessitating an efficient management of the global urban areas. Experts worldwide point out there will be a need to cope with changes in lifestyles, work, study along with time and location constraints, said Achour.

    “Through Smart Cities, we can expect to address these challenges. New technologies, for instance, can not only ensure optimal utilisation of available resources, these can provide new services regardless of time or place,” said Achour. While this mega advent of Smart Cities would bring in opportunities, the common aim would be to provide cost efficient smart services, said Achour.

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  • UAE carriers introduce 'rule of two' after Alps crash

    Dubai: Leading carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways said Monday that their cockpits will have two crew members in at all times under new procedures introduced in response to the Germanwings disaster.

    Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit of Flight 4U 9525 and deliberately steered the Airbus A320 into a French mountainside last week, killing all 150 people onboard.

    "Although there is no international industry regulation that mandates this as a compulsory practice, Emirates has implemented a new operating policy where there would always be two crew members in the cockpit," a spokesperson for the Dubai-based carrier told AFP. 

    "This is effective immediately."

    Etihad Airways made a similar announcement, saying: "We have reviewed our operating procedures and will continue to do so in the light of the disturbing and tragic news from France.

    "With immediate effect Etihad Airways will ensure there are always two crew members in the flight deck at all times on all flights," the Abu Dhabi carrier said.

    The announcements by the two United Arab Emirates carriers follow similar moves by many European airlines to implement the so-called "rule of two", which is already standard in the United States. 

    Australia and Canada have ordered their airlines to do likewise.

    French officials say the Germanwings crash appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing.



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  • THE WORLD NEEDS OTHERS TOO

    ''I want my son to be an engineer. I want my daughter to be a doctor '' . Am 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 though I aspired to be a lawyer . When I asked my parents why science? Why not arts ? They told ' 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 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 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 . India needs young energetic leaders to bring this 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 and 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 front 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 exam . 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 crore. 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 with rs 32 crore . 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 is now proud of him . Probably this guy wouldn't achieve this greatness 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.

    By Deepti Rani.
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  • Railway overbridge causing nuisance to public in Kodakkal near Padil

    Mangaluru: The railway over bridge situated in Kodakkal near Padil, which comes on the Bengaluru to Mangaluru national highway 44 has been creating high nuisense for communters, from a very long period. The issue is that the bridge initially had an iron sheet covering under the tracks to prevent the toilet waste from dropping down to the road. But over a certain period of time due to lack of maintenance the sheet has been damaged.

    When the train passes right above the over bridge the toilet wastes directly fall over the vehicles travelling below. mean while some arrangements were done by locals to prevent this inconvenience to public. But the temporary arrangement dint last long.
                
    Few locals who are aware of this issue stop their vehicle and wait for the train to pass and then proceed further. While the others who are totally unaware of this get fooled thinking that it's the water being sprinkled over them.
              
    In a recent incident, a small stone from the stone laden goods train had fallen over the front wind shield of the car that was passing by the highway, reportedly damaging the front wind shield and leaving behind a loss to the owner of the car.

    The worst situation here is especially when the train stops right above the bridge, waiting for the Green signal from the nearby Mangalore Junction Railway Station. In this case, the Highway Communters are left behind with confusing if to move on or to wait till the train passes.
              
    It would be of great help to public if this issue is brought in to the notice of the concerned authority and measures are taken to prevent further problems or damages to the Highway Commuters.
                 
    Media is one smart way to not only bring this issue to the notice of the concerned, but also to the Highway Commuters who are unaware of this incident.

    By: Deepti Rani
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  • Manipal Students Harrased by Police

    I am writing this to you as the media is the only system left that can provide justice for all in our country today. The politicians, the police, the authorities and sometimes even the law is corrupt. But among all this, Media remains to be the one system that speaks for the "little guy" and stands up for justice.

    I am writing to you concerning several cases of harassment of students by Manipal Police. Manipal is a university town sprawling with students from different states and countries. It is known to have a few drug problems as well it has a number of suicide cases of students taking their own lives after being intoxicated.

    Recently, A student had committed suicide due to drugs as claimed by the police and papers. The police have begun closing all restaurants and shops by 11:30pm so as to minimize movement around the area. They have also started searching suspected apartments for drugs and have caught many drug dealers. This is all commendable though the effort has started late.

    Over the past week, the police have beaten over 13 students walking back/to a friends apartment after 11:30pm. Students go to watch the last film which ends at 12pm and visit each others houses for group discussion and studies. The Manipal Police have been stopping students walking or on bikes and beating them without question. The police do not ask for students' Id cards neither do they ask any question as to where the student has been or is going. Numerous students stay in apartments as the Hostels are very expensive and visit each others houses for video games or studies. The police have started this brutal action the beginning of this week and everyone is too afraid of saying anything as the university has good relations with the police. Something needs to be done so that the police do not harass students in this way. Students are afraid of walking around. This has instilled fear in many. It is very unpatriotic and uncivilized for the police to catch students and beat them with sticks without questioning.

    I hope you will look into this as "Media" is the only source of justice left in this country.

    By- A Student of MANIPAL
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  • Be Aware...fraudulant companies around.

    I am Deepalaxmi from Mangalore, Karnataka. I have been following Your Channel from past decade. I request you to help me in one of the problem faced by many job seekers including me by one of the recruitment company below. I want you to take action against this so that no other individuals would be cheated in future by this company and also no other such fraudulant people can get guts to play with other people's money, time and talent.

    I have been cheated by the following company, which claims to be a job consultant. A lady called me and asked me to register my profile in their website: www.aapkacareer.com by paying Rs.1685/-, for which i have not received any confirmation mail. After that the call was transferred to another person who claimed himself to do profile verification for my profile and asked me to pay Rs.6180/- for the same, which was not intimated to me earlier.

    The Company has been cheating many people in the similar manner which i got to know later when i searched for the company in google.

    Request you to kindly take necessary action against this company and stop other people from being cheated by them. The company address is below:
    Address:
    AAPKA CAREER
    P 64, PANDAV NAGAR , MAYUR VIHAR PHASE 1, DELHI - 110091, INDIA
    Telephone: 011-45671678
    website address: http://aapkacareer.com/index.php?route=common/home
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