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  • ISIS calls Michelle Obama 'prostitute', justifies raping slave girls

    Washington : In the latest issue of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIS) propaganda magazine Dabiq, the terror group has carried an article reportedly terming the US First Lady Michelle Obama 'a prostitute' and justifying rape and enslavement of Yazidi women.
     
    The article titled 'Slave girls or prostitutes' written by a suspected jihadi bride Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajira states that the price of US President Barack Obama's wife 'won't even exceed a third of dinar, and a third of dinar is too much for her!'.
     
    Defending the enslavement of young girls as sex slaves, the article goes on to state, “As for the slave-girl that was taken by the swords of men following the cheerful warrior then her enslavement is in opposition to human rights and copulation with her is rape?!
     
    "What is wrong with you? How do you make such a judgement? What is your religion? What is your law? Rather, tell me who is your lord?'
     
    She confirms the recent report by the United Nations (UN) which states that ISIS terrorists are picking out enslavement and sexual abuse of women, specially from Yazidi community and are given horrible punishment if they refuse.
     
    According to Zainab Bangura, the special representative of the UN secretary general on sexual violence, the Islamic State picks the “prettiest virgins” after attacking their villages and then sell them as sex slaves in Syria.
     
    She claims that the slave-girls who have escaped Islamic State captivity have “made up lies and wrote false stories”.
     
    The jihadi bride had called on women to travel to Syria and become wives of the Islamic State fighters.
     
    The ninth edition of the magazine also carries an article written by captive British photojournalist John Cantlie titled 'The Perfect Storm' which states that the 'explosive movement in Iraq has turned into a global phenomenon and the democratic world and the West and the democratic world as a whole is ill-equipped to deal with'.

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  • As Modi government completes a year, Arun Jaitley says we gave corruption-free governance

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said one year of decisive and corruption-free governance at the Centre has set the stage for a double-digit growth rate and promised to continue economic reforms with a view to make it easier to do business in India.

    He also attacked the Congress for positioning itself as anti-growth and anti-development by obstructing reforms measures like GST and amendments to the land acquisition law.

    Speaking to reporters on completion of one year of the Narendra Modi-led government, the Minister said: “A very important highlight of the government has been to give a corruption-free administration to the country. The common man has been freed from political corruption. We have done it in one year.”

    Jaitley also expressed the government’s commitment to GST and the land acquisition bill, besides promising more funds for rural development and infrastructure.

    The economy is growing at 7.5-8 per cent, he said, adding that there is a restlessness to grow even faster which is the real potential of the country.

    “One year back, there was an environment of pessimism…there was general environment of gloom. In its place, an environment of enthusiasm has been created,” he said, adding that decisiveness even in the face of obstructions has been the hallmark of the Modi government.

    India, he said, “has potential to touch double-digit growth rate” provided decision-making is quick.

    “We are reforming and liberalising, but there is no place for crony capitalism,” he said, observing that it was the unclear economic policies that led to the fall of the UPA government.

    The current government, Jaitley said, is both pro-growth and pro-development.

    “Our social security programmes are going to be one of the strongest ever in this country, but certainly the policy will be one of arms-length distance in terms of decision-making from individual business houses,” he asserted.

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  • Jaya sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for fifth time

    Chennai : AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa was today sworn in for the fifth time as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu amid celebrations by party cadres and supporters all over the state.

    She returns to power nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

    Jayalalithaa took the oath in the name of God in Tamil in a simple function held at the University of Madras Centenary Auditorium here. Twenty-eight other ministers also took oath in a brief ceremony.

    The 67-year-old AIADMK supremo was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rosaiah.

    Earlier, she arrived at the venue in a green saree and was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Gnanadesikan with a bouquet.

    Later, she introduced O Pannerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan and all other ministers before they were sworn in.

    The swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP leaders including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and national office bearer of the party H Raja.

    Actors Rajinikanth, Sarathkumar and eminent music composer Ilayaraja were among the long list of dignitaries who attended the function.

    Jayalalithaa was disqualified following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru on September 27. The Karnataka High Court had subsequently acquitted her of the charges on May 11.



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  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack

    Riyadh : A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people today in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said.
     
    Loyalists of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack -- the second against Shiites in the kingdom in six months.
     
    In November, the extremist Islamic State group was accused of being behind the shooting and killing of eight worshippers in the eastern Saudi Arabian village of al-Ahsa.
     
    Despite a string of IS-related attacks over the past many months that have also targeted police, today's suicide bombing appears to be the deadliest in the country in nearly a decade.
     
    Habib Mahmoud, managing editor for the state-linked Al-Sharq newspaper in Qatif, said that the local Red Crescent authorities confirmed to him that 19 people had been killed and 28 wounded.
     
    Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry has not released its count for the number of dead and wounded, but said that a suicide bomber who hid explosives under his clothes was behind the attack.
     
    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki said that the attacker struck the Imam Ali mosque in a village called al-Qudeeh.
     
    In a statement distributed on Twitter feeds linked to IS group loyalists, a group purporting to be the IS branch in Saudi Arabia issued the claim.
     
    It could not be independently confirmed if the new group actually has operational links to the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq.
     
    The group's statement carried a logo in Arabic referring to itself as the "Najd Province" -- a reference to the historic region that is home to the capital Riyadh and the ruling Al Saud family, as well as the ultraconservative Wahhabi branch of Islam.
     
    Mahmoud, the editor in Qatif, said the attacker stood with the worshippers during prayer and then detonated his suicide vest as people were leaving the mosque.
     
    A local activist, Naseema al-Sada, told The Associated Press by telephone from Qatif that the suicide bomber attacked worshippers as they were commemorating the birth of Imam Hussain, a revered figure among Shiites.
     
    She said the local hospital has called on residents to donate blood.
     
    The Al-Manar television channel, run by the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group, carried blurry pictures of pools of blood inside what appeared to be the mosque where the attack took place.
     
    It also showed still photos of at least three bodies stretched out on carpets, covered with sheets. One person dressed in a white robe was being carried away on a stretcher.
     
    The attack comes amid heightened Sunni-Shiite tensions in the region as Saudi Arabia and Iran back opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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  • If you are dying without eating beef, go to Pakistan: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

    New Delhi: In another shocking statement, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday justified the beef ban and asked all those who want to eat beef to go to Pakistan.

    “It is not about loss or profit… it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus,” Naqvi said at a conclave organised in New Delhi.

    “Those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available,” he said. “Even Muslims are against it…” he contended.

    On minorities issue, Naqvi also said the Narendra Modi government was taking steps to eradicate poverty among the minorities.

    “It is a fact that Muslims have remained away from development. Various social security schemes started by our government would help Muslims in a big way,” he added.

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  • Jung-Kejriwal row: Centre backs LG, says not mandatory to consult Chief Minister on services

    New Delhi: Amid the escalating Lieutenant Governor-Chief Minister feud, the Centre on Friday backed Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung making it clear that it was not mandatory for him to consult Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on matters like appointment of bureaucrats.

    In a gazette notification issued on Friday, the Union Home Ministry said that the LG will have jurisdiction over matters connected with services, public order, police and land and he may consult with the Chief Minister whenever he thinks necessary in issues of services using his own “discretion”.

    It is well established that where there is no legislative power, there is no executive power since executive power is co-extensive within legislative power, it said.

    “Public order, police, land and services fall outside purview of legislative assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and consequently the Government of NCT of Delhi will have no executive power” on such matters, accordingly to the notification.

    The gazette notification said the LG shall in respect of matter connected with public order, police, land and services exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the central government to the extent delegated to him from time to time by President provided that the LG may in his discretion obtain view of the Chief Minister of Delhi in regard to the matter of “services” wherein he deems it appropriate.

    It also said that the Anti-Corruption Branch police station shall not take cognisance of offences against officials, employees and functionaries of these central government services. This will supersede a 1998 notification.

    The appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary by LG last week had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and the Lt Governor, with Kejriwal questioning the LG’s authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration.

    Kejriwal had also sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter even as he accused the Centre of using Jung to run Delhi.

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  • India economic growth to surpass China’s in 2015-16: UN report

    New Delhi: India’s economic growth is projected to surpass that of China’s, with the GDP expected to zoom by 7.7 per cent in 2016, according to a UN report which said india will help accelerate economic growth in South Asia. The mid-year update of the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), released on Tuesday, said India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.6 per cent this year and 7.7 per cent in 2016, overtaking China. China is projected to grow by 7per cent in 2015 and 6.8 per cent next year.

    The report termed South Asia’s economic outlook as “largely favourable” since most economies are expected to experience a strengthening of growth in 2015-16 on the back of stronger domestic consumption and investment, and a pick-up in exports. The region’s GDP is projected to grow by 6.7 per cent in 2015 and 6.9 per cent in 2016, up from an estimated 6.3 per cent in 2014-a significant revision of the previous forecast.

    “This revision mostly reflects a higher growth trajectory in India,” it said. It said the growth prospects for Iran and Pakistan have also improved moderately, although for both countries significant uncertainties remain. Across South Asia, the expansion is expected to be driven by buoyant household consumption and a gradual recovery in investment. Private sector demand will be underpinned by a more benign macroeconomic environment, including considerably lower inflation. In 2015, global consumer price inflation is expected to average 2.5per cent, the lowest level since 2009.

    With oil prices expected to recover slowly and global activity projected to pick up, average inflation is forecast to accelerate to 3per cent in 2016. Average inflation in the region is also projected to fall to its lowest level in almost a decade, following the recent decline in oil and food prices.

    As a result, monetary policy has become more expansionary in several countries, notably in India and Pakistan, it said. However, despite the improved outlook, South Asia’s economies face, to varying degrees, long-standing development challenges including energy shortages, infrastructure deficits and political and social unrest. The global economy will continue to grow at a modest pace.

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  • Saudi jets pound army bases, depots in Yemen capital

    Cairo: Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition carried out the most sustained bombardment of Yemen’s capital Sanaa in nearly two months of air strikes on Tuesday night, residents of the city said, hitting army bases and weapons depots.

    It was the first time air strikes continued from morning until after midnight since the campaign began on March 26, residents said, and led to terrifying blasts across the city.

    Yemen’s exiled government in Riyadh, backed by the coalition, said on Tuesday it would not agree to talks with rebels until they withdrew from cities and surrendered weapons, meaning peace talks to end the civil war seem unlikely soon.

    The coalition restarted strikes late on Sunday after a five-day humanitarian pause, waving away pleas for an extension by the United Nations by pointing to what it said were repeated abuses of the ceasefire by rebels.

    The rebels, an alliance of the Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, control most of the populated west of Yemen, and have been fighting local groups in the cities of Aden, Taiz, Marib and al-Dhala.

    The Houthis and Saudi forces exchanged artillery and rocket fire across the border on Wednesday night and coalition warplanes bombed the group’s stronghold of Saada, the rebels said.

    Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia regards the Houthis as a proxy of its regional foe Shi’ite Iran, although many analysts say Tehran’s ties to the group fall short of that, and wants to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

    An Iranian ship en route to Yemen’s Hodaida port, which is controlled by Saleh and the Houthis, is due to dock on Thursday night, carrying activists and a cargo of aid, and has said it will not submit to searches by the coalition.

    The United Nations Security Council last month passed resolution 2216 imposing an arms embargo on the Houthis. It also demanded militia abandon areas they have captured and return weapons seized from the army.

    Saudi jets this month struck Sanaa airport’s runway to stop an Iranian cargo plane, which Tehran said was carrying a Red Crescent aid shipment, from landing without having been inspected by it or the UN.

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  • BJP may hold 'Jan Kalyan Parv' to mark first anniversary

    New Delhi: After touring three nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may celebrate the anniversary of his government on May 26 in a village away from the national capital.

    If sources are to be believed then the PM may spend the day on mass public contact programme.
     
    Modi, who held a meeting with a core group of ministers in his Cabinet on Wednesday after his return from a tour of China, Mongolia and South Korea, is said to have chalked out ways in which the completion of one year of NDA government should be celebrated.

    According to sources, the government is planning to commemorate the completion of one year in a week-long ‘Jan Kalyan Parv’ celebrations starting May 26.
     
    While the prime minister is expected to spend his day either at his constituency at Varanasi or at the birthplace of pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at village Nagla Chandrabhan in Mathura, his ministerial colleagues will go to various parts of the country, particularly to rural areas, to tell people about the welfare measures taken for underprivileged sections and farmers.
     
    It is believed that the anniversary celebrations will also be used to shed Modi’s pro-corporate image.



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  • Woman gym trainer attacked with acid in Bhopal

    Bhopal: A young gym trainer suffered injuries in the Ashok Garden area of Bhopal on Friday after a man hurled acid on her while she was on her way to work.

    As per reports, the man who threw acid at the girl was later found dead. He reportedly stabbed himself after being beaten by a mob.

    A case has been lodged at the Ashok Garden police station but the police has refused to take action, said the victim.

    “For the past four days, we have been running from one police station to another but no help is being offered. The accused is roaming scot free. He should be punished. I demand justice,” the victim told ANI here.

    She is being currently undergoing treatment in the Narmada Trauma Centre.

    She alleged that the accused had reportedly been threatening her and her family, adding they stay in the same locality and have not been on good terms for long.

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  • Study of anganwadis in Bengaluru reveals some shocking truths

    Bengaluru: Kathyayini Chamaraj, a member of NGO Civic Bangalore studied 2,097 in Bengaluru in connection with the Swacch Bharat Philosophy and found some shocking truths. The first and foremost is that only 1,134 have toilet facilities. In other words, more than 50% of the anganwadi centers in Bengaluru do not have toilets, almost 25% of them are forced to rent bathrooms, while a few others house themselves next to public toilets to accommodate students' needs. In many places the rented toilets/bathrooms are so small that students can be seen crowding outside them.

    This is not all, says civic activist Chamaraj. "The quality of food supplied at these centres is poor and at times the packages are delivered without a manufacturing or an expiry date," she said. She was speaking at a meeting between NGOs and government stakeholders on Friday on the problems facing anganwadis.

    Chamaraj asked how a government that finds space to build a flyover doesn't have land for an anganwadi centre. "The government gives only Rs 5,000 for the rented facilities, and most of these do not even have toilets. Requests for mobile toilets have not been addressed," she said.

    Reacting to this, Bengaluru in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy said he will look into the problems and will hold a meeting in about a week's time to review them.

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  • Passenger train derails in Assam, motorman seriously injured

    Guwahati : Five coaches and the engine of a passenger train derailed in Kokrajhar district of Assam in the early hours today, seriously injuring its engine driver and causing minor injuries to some passengers.

    Northeast Frontier Railway spokesman Jayamta Sarma said that the accident occurred between Salakati and Basugaon at 5.15 AM as the 55753 UP Sifung passenger train was about to negotiate a bridge.

    All the passengers of the train coming from Alipurduar in Bengal to Guwahati were transhipped from the accident site, Sarma said.

    While the engine driver was admitted to hospital, the passengers with minor injuries were given first aid, the spokesman said.

    As the railway track was blocked due to the derailment, other trains might be delayed, he added. 



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  • IPL betting case: ED conducts searches in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday launched searches in multiple cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur in connection with its hawala and money laundering probe against some betting syndicates related to the latest IPL T-20 cricket matches.

    Sources said about eight-ten premises in these cities and locations in Thane and Gurgaon were being covered during the searches which are being conducted by the Ahmedabad office of the agency in coordination with their local counterparts in these locations.

    “The searches are aimed at investigating some top links active in betting in matches in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

    “This is an extension of similar raids that were conducted by the agency on May 10,” the sources said.

    They said the action has been mounted on suspects who acted as bookies during the recent IPL matches held in the country.

    The probe is being handled by the ED’s Ahmedabad office which is investigating the case for hawala and money laundering charges. A team of over 30 officials are part of search teams, the sources said.

    The searches, earlier this month, were largely in the national capital and its adjoining areas and two Delhi-based alleged bookies were arrested. Over Rs 26 lakh was seized then apart from a cache of computer peripherals, mobiles and hard drives, the sources said.

    In March this year, the Ahmedabad office of the agency had claimed to have busted the alleged betting racket and arrested some bookies from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara city in Gujarat.

    Later, the probe agency arrested 13 others in connection with this illegal activity from Gujarat.

    The same office registered a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in connection with the alleged racket suspected to be between Rs 1,000– Rs 4,000 crore.

    The accused had been earlier charged under Section 418 (cheating), Section 419 (punishment for cheating), Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), Section 467 (forgery of valuable security), Section 471 (using forged document as genuine) along with Section 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code by the agency.

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  • Mehdi Masroor Biswas to be chargesheeted soon, possibly next week

    Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police has decided to seek prosecution sanction from the State government to charge sheet Islamic State Twitter handler Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the deadline, for which is fast approaching.

    Prosecution sanction is normally sought in cases where an individual is accused of trying to wage a war against a country and disturb internal peace.

    A CCB officer speaking to a local daily said that "We need to file the charge sheet within the stipulated time and we will do that as the deadline of 180 days expires on June 11. Since it is a sensitive case, we have decided to approach the State government. We are waiting for prosecution sanction. We will file the charge sheet once the approval is given".

    They expect the sanction next week and the charge sheet will be filed soon thereafter.

    Regarding the content of the charge sheet and whether the CCB would be able to prove the charges, the officer said: "We are trying to establish what we have been claiming from day one. We have mostly established our charges levelled against him. We are confident of proving that Mehdi was a propagandist of the ISIS ideology and had been instrumental in influencing minds of people."

    The CCB said that the charge sheet runs into about 24,000 pages and its content had been shared with the Central government.?The Centre has verified the documents and will finalise it in coming days, sources said.

    Mehdi has been charged under IPC section 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the government of India), sections 18 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 66(F) of the IT (conspiracy and cyber).

    CCB officers said they needed more time considering the huge quantity of digital content. "It's the first-of-its-kind case and the police were dependent on digital experts and Twitter authorities. We needed to study every tweet posted by him. In fact, we took the technical assistance from third party to analyse the big data in the form of tens of thousands of tweets," they added.

    Biswas, 24, a manufacturing executive with ITC Foods, was arrested from a one-room rented apartment near Jalahalli on December 13 by the City police after Britain's Channel 4 News aired the report on the presence of ISIS Twitter Ideologue @ShamiWitness.
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  • PU results mess; Officials summoned

    Bengaluru: Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao on Friday took suo motu action against the Principal Secretary to the Primary and Secondary Education Department and the Director of Pre-University Education Board taking cognizance of a report on the plight of second-year PU students.

    Justice Rao directed the officials to personally appear before him and submit a compliance report on or before May 30. "Both the Principal Secretary and the Director of PU Board are directed to immediately take steps to rectify the errors and provide all facilities for re-totalling, revaluation and providing of answer scripts so that the rights of the students and their future is not hampered", he said.

    In his order, Rao referred to the report on the anger of II PUC students, which was published in Express on Friday. Justice Rao said that he took suo motu cognizance of the matter under Section 7(1)(b) of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act.

    Referring to Rules 28, 29 and 30 of the Karnataka Pre-University Course State Level Public Examination Rules, 1997, Justice Rao said that retotaling of marks, revaluation of answer scripts and issuing of photocopies of the answer scripts to the candidates are mandatory. The authorities must strictly comply them so that the students' future is not hampered, he stated.

    Maladministration in the process of conducting examination, evaluating answer scripts, tabulating marks and publishing results affects the rights of students, he added.

    He also took note of the complaint filed by parents' associations and students who met him on Friday. They demanded that CET results be postponed and sought action against the PU Board Director.

    There were mistakes by students (in entering registration numbers) as well as invigilators (who failed to find students' mistakes)

    During revaluation, if the difference in marks is 1-6, there will be no change in marks officially

    If it is more that six, the marks will be changed, applicant reimbursed

    So far, the PUE Department has received 2,825 applications for revaluation, 20,623 for copy of answer script

    Surprisingly, the helpline opened by the department (080-230 839 00) was not active till 6 pm on Friday

    The CET schedule will be revised. Seat allotment will be postponed to the first week of July


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  • Probe ordered against Karnataka II PUC result controversy

    Bengaluru : Following the continuous protest by anguished parents and students who are affected by the controversial second PUC results,  Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kimane Ratnakar  has ordered for a probe.
     
    The minister addressing the reporters in Bengaluru on Friday, May 22 stated that free re-evaluation will be undertaken on case to case basis.
     
    "Five revaluation centres will be set up, wherein three evaluators will scrutinize each paper. If the candidate secures more than six marks in a paper then the re-evaluation fee will be refunded else fortified. The results of Common Entrance Test (CET) and COMEDK results will also be postponed after June 1st," he added.
     
     
    Minister further said that an FIR has been lodged against two private websites under Section 464 (Forgery) and 471 (Fudging electronic record) at Malleshwaram police station over publication of controversial PU results.
     
    "We had shared the data in a CD with private websites. However the resultsout.com and another portal, not only entered wrong figures before subjects, but made entries like French instead of Physics and English into Kannada, which caused error in tabulating result," Ratnakar said.
     
    Currently over 20,000 candidates have sought copy of the answer sheets, wheras 2825 have applied for revaluation. Meanwhile Karnataka Lokayukta has taken a suo-moto investigation against PUC results discrepancy.

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  • Palace gears up for Yaduveer’s coronation on May 28

    Mysore: Yaduveer, who was adopted by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar will be crowned king on May 28th. The two-day event is expected to be private and will be limited to the royal family members, close relatives and friends.

    The royal sword and royal seal of the Wadiyars will be handed over to Yaduveer following the customary rituals. With this, Yaduveer will officially take over the reigns of the former Wadiyar dynasty.

    Yaduveer will play a traditional key role in the dasara procession that starts every year from the palace on vijayadashmi and winds through the streets of Mysore. Yaduveer is the grandnephew of Srikantadatta Wodeyar and Pramodadevi and the grandson of the Srikantadatta Wodeyar's eldest sister Gayathri Devi who was chosen over Kantharaj Urs, who performed the last rites of the late Srikantadatta Narisimharaja Wadiyar.
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  • Greenpeace India employees offer to work for free

    New Delhi: With its accounts frozen and forced to scale down operations, Greenpeace India today said it has been a "humiliating" year for the organisation and it is not expected from a elected government to treat "legitimate NGOs" like it in such a manner.
     
    Days after it announced 'imminent' shutdown due to government's crackdown, the environment NGO said it will continue to run basic functions for another month by scaling back the extent of the campaign to "bare minimum" as it has seen a "surge" in support from civil society, donors and the staff, which has offered to work without pay.
     
    The environment NGO also hoped for a "positive outcome" from the Delhi High Court, which will hear its writ petition challenging the suspension of its FCRA license on May 26.
     
    While the organisation has urged supporters to sign a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to support free speech in India, it said that more than 200 of its staff have written to its executive director Samit Aich promising to work without pay in June while other civil societies have offered logistical support such as space for carrying out operations.
     
    "Over the past few weeks we have seen an incredible surge in support for Greenpeace India. Today my staff sent me a very moving letter in which they promised to work without pay for one month.
     
    "I hope it will not come to this and my staff and their families avoid this hardship. But if necessary, we are able to keep the basic functions of Greenpeace India running until the end of June," Aich told reporters adding that this will be absolutely "last resort" and the body will have to "scale back the extent of the campaign to the bare minimum".
     
    "Based on this, we have a plan where we can operate for the month of June. We have to be resilient about it," he said.
     
    Referring to the letter, Aich said that although the 340 odd staff of the body were concerned, but their commitment remains strong.
     
    He alleged that this sort of crackdown was "unprecedented" in the history of the organisation which has put it at the verge of a shutdown.
     
    Noting that on May 26, the court will hear its writ petition, which challenged the suspension of its FCRA license and the block on its national and international bank accounts, Aich said that the body has great "faith" in the Indian judicial system and is hoping for a "positive outcome".
     
    "We are confident in our case and are hopeful that the court will grant us relief on Tuesday. But the wheels of justice can take time, and we need to make sure we don't disappear completely in the next few weeks. This plan enables us to do that," he said.
     
    Asked how the organisation views the policies initiated by the present government which is completing one year, Aich said that for the body it was a "humiliating" year and it is "not expected from a elected government to treat legitimate NGOs like Greenpeace in such a manner".
     
    "If you see the range of decisions which have been taken, most of them have been faulty and they have been more on speed and not on depth. For a government it is important to demonstrate not just how decisions are taken speedily but with depth," Aich said.

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Regional

  • Tata Nano car topples injuring three persons

    Mulky: Three persons injured as a Tata Nano car toppled near Kolnad Kordabbu temple on national highway 66.

    The injured persons were named as Janardhan from Bengaluru, his brother Seetharam and friend Raveendra, a resident of Ullal.

    Janardhan and his brother travelled in a Tata Nano car belonged to Raveendra to distribute the wedding invitation card of his daughter. They were returning to Haleangady from Udupi when Raveendra lost control of the speeding car while negotiating the turn and rammed into the bus stand and overturned.

    Janardhan and Raveendra sustained serious injuries on their heads and Seetharam escaped with minor injuries. They were all admitted to a hospital in Mangaluru.

    A case has been filed in Surathkal north zone police station.
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  • Kasargod : Five members of family from Badiadka go missing mysteriously

    Kasargod: Five members of a family from Badiadka Kuntalumoole have been reported missing under mysterious circumstances since May 21, Thursday. Police who have taken up investigation into the case have so far remained clueless regarding the whereabouts of the family as even their  cell phones remained switched off.

    Those missing are   Uday (35), his wife, Prema (20),  children, Srijit (4) and Sangeeta (2)and Prema’s younger sister Ramya (15).

    Prema’s mother Chandravathi has lodged a complaint. Police have extended their infestation even to Karnataka in search of the missing family but of no avail. Police have now sought the help of cyber cell to crack mystery behind the case.

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  • Youth assaulted for being accompanied by a girl from different community

    Puttur: A youth was assaulted by a group of miscreants for travelling with a girl from different community.

    The victim has been named as Pankaj Kumar (20) a native of Bihar who was staying with his family at Angaragundi in Mangaladevi in Mangaluru.

    On Friday May 22 evening he was moving on his bike accompanied by a girl from Kadaba who belonged to a different community. Pankaj knew her as she was the classmate of his sister in nursing course in Deralakatte.  

    It is said that some youths from the community to which the girl belongs, got suspicious at the sight of the couple and conveyed this information to some men from Koila. A gang of young people from Koila, who intercepted the motor bike at Koila, took the girl away in an Innova car bearing Kerala registration number, and assaulted the youth.

    Tension prevailed in the region as the people from both the community gathered at the spot. On getting information of the incident Kadaba police rushed to the spot and took the people involved in the assault into the custody.
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  • Charmadi Ghat road widening work resumed from Dakshina Kannada end

    Mangaluru: Following instructions from Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim widening of road and storm water drain work has resumed after a gap of four months ahead of monsoon in Charmadi Ghat section of National Highway {NH} 234.

    The Vehicular movement on Charmadi Ghat threw haywire after the closure of Shiradi Ghat. Traffic diversions were enforced on 2 January 2015 for the repair of Shiradi Ghat stretch on Mangaluru - Bengaluru National Highway which is expected to be completed end of May.

    Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Ibrahim had expressed unhappiness over the laxity on the part of officials from the Public Works Department’s National Highways division in emergency repair work of widening the road wherever possible on the Charmadi Ghat in the month of January soon after the diversion.

    Now, the work resumed in the part Dakshina Kannada stretch of the ghat from Charmadi side near Ujire and two earth movers and one stone cutting machine along with the gang pressed for the purpose. The gang men finding it difficult to work with twin bucket earth mover due to increased vehicular traffic on a very narrow stretch of the road. 

    Signages at hairpin bends, speed limits and other directions on the ghat section were installed only after the traffic diversion. The Charmadi Ghat section of NH - 234 has 20 sharp curves and 11 hairpin bends.

    The ordinary KSRTC buses, private buses, car, jeep, van, two-wheeler and LCV minivan are diverted from Shiradi section to Charmadi. The vehicles go through Hassan - Belur (SH-57) on Mudigere - Charmadi Ghat - Belthangady - Ujire - B C Road (NH-234) - Mangaluru (NH-75). 

    At present, KSRTC Mangaluru and Chikmagaluru depots are providing 220 trips of ordinary and express buses on Charmadi route. 

    No improvement of road on the upper stretch of Charmadi ghat has been initiated from Chickmaglur district administration.
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  • Mangalore One school sexual assault case: protests intensify

    Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district Muslim Associations' Union protesting against the conduct of the Mangalore One School in ullal in the wake of the alleged sexual abuse of a three-year-old student by the school vehicle driver has given choice of ultimtums to the school, either to 'accept its guilt' of trying to keep the issue under wraps and render a public apology or to shut down, failing which it said, it would intensify its agitation.

    Addressing a protest held in this regard on Friday, May 22 near the DCs office here, President of the Union and former Mangaluru City Corporation Mayor K Ashraf said that the Union has been seeking justice with the MLAs, ministers and the police since two months and that they have received success partly with Police Commissioner S Murugan and DC A B Ibrahim constituting a team for an honest probe into the case.

    However, he said that neither did any of the political leaders visited the house of the victim to offer help, nor did the school serve an apology. He said that there was still time for the school to come forward and apologize for the having tried to push the matter under the carpet.

    Another speaker Rafiyuddin Kudrolli complained that one of the ministers who is also an MLA, is acting helpless as he is worried of losing on his votes. In wake of all these circumstances, he said that the Union's sole agenda was to shut the school.

    The Union later submitted a memorandum to the government through the DC demanding probe into the case by retired magistrate, stringent action against those who reportedly leaked the medical report out to the public, cancellation of the school's accreditation, compensation to the victim and a registration of case against the head of the institution.

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  • Rider dies on the spot after car rams over his bike

    Mangaluru:  A bike rider died on the spot after he was knocked down by a car at Gandhinagar near Ganjimutt here in the evening of Friday May 22.

    The deceased person has been identified as Manohar, a resident of Tarolikad. Manohar, who was an electrician by profession, was on his way to home when a Ritz car rammed over his bike near Gandhinagar. Manohar was thrown on the road and sustained gruesome injuries on his head and died on the spot.

    His body was shifted to Ganjimutt hospital for post mortem and later hand over to the family. A case has been filed in Bajpe police station.
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  • Sand mining in DK this monsoon to be suspended: DC

    Mangaluru:  DK DC is all for implementing blanket ban on sand mining in the district during rainy season.  The move in the wake of frequent complaints that major roads in the district are being destroyed due to plying of heavy trucks that carry sand.

    The level of damage will be more during rainy season if sand trucks are allowed to play. Hence, the district administration has decided to ban sand mining activities completely in the district during rainy season.

    Ban will be in force from June 15, said DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim.

    The district administration had already imposed a complete ban on transportation of sand to Bengaluru and Mysuru in heavy trucks that have 10 or more wheels from April second week. This ban was imposed following complaints from police officials of Kodagu, Chikmagalur, Hassan and Dakshina Kannada about transportation of sand in heavy trucks resulting in damage of roads to Bengaluru and Mysuru.

    Similarly, the district administration had issued an order on May 10 banning transportation of sand through Charmadi Ghat too.

    The ban was imposed in the wake of complaints of road damage and possibilities of accident on Shiradi stretch. Sand trucks ban on Charmadi Ghat is in force from May 9 till midnight on June 8. With the introduction of ban on sand mining, entire sand transportation will be haulted during the rainy season.

    It may be recalled that plying of vehicles is completely banned on Mangaluru - Bengaluru route via Shiradi Ghat from January 2 to facilitate road widening. At present, all vehicles including buses to Bengaluru are being plied through alternative routes via Charmadi and Sampaje Ghats.

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  • Attempt on life of Mahesh Timarody: Supporters assault the attacker

    Belthangady: Mahesh Shetty Timarody, the founder of Prajaprabhutva Vedike alleged that Dr. Srinath Prabhu has tried to murder him on Friday night May 22.

    It is stated in the complaint filed by Timarody that on the late night of Friday he was travelling from Mangaluru to Ujire along with some youth. As he stopped the vehicle in Ujire to drop the people who had accompanied him Dr. Srinath Prabhu who came in his car tried to knock down Timarody.


    The members of the Vedike who were present on the spot caught Srinath and thrashed him black and blue. On learning the incident police rushed to the spot and took Srinath into the custody. Later he was admitted to a hospital.

    Supporters of Timarody said that this is the third attempt on the life of Timarody by Srinath.

    However Dr. Srinath also filed counter complaint in Belthangady police station alleging assault on him by Timarody and his supporters.
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  • Management graduate denied job for being Muslim

    Mumbai : A young MBA graduate was declined employment in a leading diamond export company allegedly on the grounds that he was a Muslim.

    The issue has snowballed into a controversy with the National Commission for Minorities saying it will conduct an inquiry if there is any truth in the matter.

    Management graduate Zeshan Ali Khan applied for an opening in the company on May 19.
    However, the company replied to him saying that they hire only non-Muslim candidates, according to Khan, who shared the details on his Facebook page.

    "Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates," the company said in a response to his application. Giving details, Khan said, "I was looking for a job, I came to know about a recruitment drive taking place at Hare Krishna Exports Pvt LTD, one of the leading exports houses of the country. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start my career with them.

    "I applied for a job day before yesterday in the evening at 5:45 PM and within 15 minutes I get a reply from them that we regret to inform you, we don't hire Muslims. We only hire non-Muslim candidates. I was quite shocked when I read about this, I took a screen shot of it and posted it on Facebook," he said.

    "At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting foreign countries and inviting them for investment and pushing ahead the 'Make in India' campaign, the leading export houses are rejecting candidates for their religion," he said.

    Khan said he subsequently received a 'regret' mail from the company after his social media post generated sharp reactions. The company said it was a "personal mess" created by a trainee in the HR team.

    "It was a blunder and personal mess created by one of our trainees who has no decision making power. We have 61 employees in our office here including one Muslim in the HR team," Hari Krishna Exports Private Ltd said in the mail.

    NCM chairperson Naseem Ahmed said, "We just received a petition this morning and as per our set procedure we will call for the comments of the respondent company and based on their response we will decide their course of action.

    "If there is any truth in this, it is unfortunate. An inquiry should be conducted," he said.
    Reacting to the controversy, Minister of state for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "A person's caste, area or religion cannot be a demerit.

    "Discrimination on the basis of religion is neither allowed by our Constitution, nor by our administration. If there has been case in which he (Zeeshan) was denied or fired from the job only on the basis of his religion, then I feel its not right," he said.



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  • Even in her coma, Aruna triggered changes in euthanasia law

    Mumbai : One moment of murderous lust by a hospital contract sweeper consigned a young woman looking forward to her impending marriage to over four decades of a vegetative half-life.

    But Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug's plight attracted attentive devotion of her sister nurses, touched millions of Indians and led to the apex court's intervention to change the country's euthanasia laws.   

    It was the night of Nov 27, 1973 in the dimly-lit basement of Asian's biggest public hospital, the BMC-run KEM Hospital that Aruna's life changed. Ending her shift and changing before returning home, the 25-year-old was all excited as she was proceeding on long leave - to prepare for her upcoming marriage with a doctor - Sandeep Sardesai.

    But the five-feet-tall, petite nurse was suddenly attacked from behind by a man, who pinned her down and choked her with a dog leash.

    Before she could even let out a whimper for help, the assailant, later identified as Sohanlal B.Walmiki, sexually assaulted her, and abandoned her on the floor, gasping for breath, bleeding, writhing in pain and totally helpless.

    Aruna lay there for around 12 hours before she was discovered and taken upstairs for medical treatment.

    But the attack had snapped the oxygen supply to her brain, resulting in a brain stem and cervical cord injury leaving her near-total blind and in a permanent vegetative state. Aruna remained in this condition until a fortnight before her 68th birthday when she breathed her last.

    Born on June 1, 1948 in Haldipur in neighbouring Karnataka's North Kanara district, she had come to Mumbai to pursue her dreams - both personal and career-wise.

    Anant Gaitonde, her teacher at at the KEM Nursing College in the early 1970s, remembers Shanbaug as "a very intelligent nursing student" and "always of a very helpful nature - going out of the way to help her co-students". 

    The incident happened just when she was planning to settle down in life, both personal and professional. "The perpetrator got away with a minor punishment, but she suffered all her life," Gaitonde told the media.

    Police registered a case of robbery and attempt to murder as the hospital authorities allegedly suppressed information of her rape to avoid her social ostracism and since she was planning to get married soon. Walmiki was subsequently arrested, convicted and sentenced to serve two concurrent seven years sentence. Released later, he is believed to be settled in Delhi.

    Aruna meanwhile remained in a coma in Ward 4 A of KEM but did not lack support.  

    "Contrary to perceptions, her fiance did not desert her. He dedicatedly looked after her and awaited a miracle to continue their broken lives for over two years. But later, social and other commitments compelled him to move on in life," author-journalist Pinki Virani, who penned the best-seller biography "Aruna's Story" in 1998, told media.

    As the years passed with little hopes of Aruna's revival, the nurses in KEM took on her care as their personal responsibility.

    The nurses' unprecedented commitment earned admiration even from the Supreme Court, and the hospital authorities, but time was not kind to Aruna - leaving her body shrivelled into a ghostly shadow of her former robust self, hair greying and falling, teeth lost.

    Moved by her lamentable plight, Virani in December 2009 filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking "mercy killing" for Aruna.

    But the nurses were aghast. "We take turns to tend to her just like any small child. She keeps aging like all of, but does not create any problems for anybody. We love to take care of her. How could anybody think of ending her life?" said one.

    A year after Virani's petition, the apex court sought a report on Aruna's health status from the hospital and Maharashtra government and a three-member medical panel concluded that she met "most of the criteria of being in a permanent vegetative state".

    Rejecting Virani's plea for mercy killing, the Supreme Court in March 2011, in a historic judgment, allowed "passive euthanasia" for the first time in India. 

    Vesting the power of choice in the hands of the individual, over government, medical or religious control, the Supreme Court specified guidelines for passive euthanasia, including withdrawal of medical treatment or food that would allow the patient to survive.

    The rulings were greeted with much cheer, cutting cakes and distributing sweets at the KEM hospital with nurses terming the outcome as a "rebirth for Aruna".

    "All these were ratified by the government last year. Though Aruna failed to get justice in her lifetime, she has given such a big gift to the nation," Virani told the media.

    In the 1998 biography, Virani did painstaking research, meeting Aruna's colleagues and relatives, and her fiance, checking out police, hospital and court records to discover that Walmiki was never charged with rape as nobody came forth to file a rape case against him, which could have given him a longer sentence.

    Aruna's story also influenced Marathi writer Dattakumar Desai, who penned a play "Katha Arunachi" about her. It was staged in 2002.



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  • Aruna Shanbaug, Mumbai nurse in coma for 42 years after brutal rape, passes away

    Mumbai : Aruna Shanbaug, the former nurse at KEM Hospital here who was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy at the facility 42 years ago and had been lying in a vegetative state ever since, passed away today.

    The 66-year-old was battling a serious bout of pneumonia and was on ventilator support, King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospital sources said.

    She was in the medical ICU of the hospital located in Parel area of Mumbai.

    Shanbaug was rushed out of the tiny room attached to ward number 4 that had been her home for four decades on Tuesday, after nurses attending to her saw she had difficulty in breathing. She was taken to the medical ICU and started on antibiotics.

    KEM Hospital Dean Dr Avinash Supe said she was recently diagnosed with a pneumatic patch and put on ventilator support.Shanbaug was diagnosed with the lung infection after a series of diagnostic tests. She was fed through tubes.

    On November 27, 1973, while working as a junior nurse at KEM Hospital, she was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki. He had also strangled her with a dog chain, cutting off oxygen supply to her brain.

    She was in a vegetative state since the assault. On 24 January 2011, after she had been in this state for 38 years, the Supreme Court responded to the plea for euthanasia filed by Aruna's friend, journalist Pinki Virani, by setting up a medical panel to examine her.
     
    The court turned down the mercy killing petition on March 7, 2011. Virani had narrated the story of the ailing nurse, who hailed from Haldipur in Uttar Kannada, in her 1998 non-fiction book called 'Aruna's Story', while Duttakumar Desai wrote the Marathi play, 'Katha Arunachi' in 1994–95, which was staged under director Vinay Apte in 2002.
     
    Meanwhile, municipal authorities have asked relatives of Shanbaug to contact the hospital staff. Her last known relative, a sister, passed away a few years ago. 



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  • Oman: Muscat Mogaveers Koota Holds Family Fun Day Out

    Oman: Muscat Mogaveers (MM) Koota organized their third event of the year “Family Fun Day Out” at the Silver Ring Farmhouse in Barka recently. The spacious and beautiful farmhouse with clean and well maintained facilities was apt for the huge crowd of gathered MM families and bachelors. The committee members had organized all arrangements to drive the full day activities of this event with fun and entertainment for one and all.

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    The registration counter started at 9 am as scheduled and was pleasantly managed by Rajesh Salian, Jyoti Shivaram, Manoj Puthran and Yashwanth Mendon. All MM ladies were greeted with Tulunadu’s traditional Mallige flowers specially flown from Mangalore, arranged by Sahana Girish.

    Vandana Padmakar Mendon, who was the Master of Ceremony of the day, welcomed all the members and families and assured a fun filled day for the community members. The event started off with Chaitra Ashok Kotian rendering a devotional prayer song in her melodious voice evoking the prime deity to bless everyone present. This was followed by Dr Shekar Salian’s (President of MM Koota) short speech. In his key note address, he accentuated the importance of organizing such community gatherings which would serve to familiarize and flourish bonhomie with the community brethren in Muscat, where it’s not possible for all to meet regularly.

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    Dr Shekar Salian also announced that MM Koota had come a long and successful way in Muscat and will be proudly conducting its silver jubilee celebration on 27th November, 2015. The organizing committee has started preliminary discussion and preparation for this prestigious event to be held grandly in Muscat. Among many activities being planned for this event, the release of the maiden MM Koota souvenir was discussed. A brief presentation about this souvenir was given by Suresh Kunder which was well supported by the Vice President Ramanand Kunder.

    Some enthusiastic MM members overwhelmingly booked their spaces to sponsor their family pictures to be published in this memorable souvenir.

    The day’s event then proceeded with self-introduction of members and their families to the gathering which was pleasingly conducted by Vandana Mendon. Immediately after the introduction, fun games were organized by Sharath Kumar and his team members Roopa Umesh and Sahana Girish Kanchan assisted by Heema Suvarna and Harish Bangera, who took to the floor hosting several games for everyone. The day kick started with the first game “Unwrapping the Candies” for the tiny tots below 5 years. It was very hilarious to watch the curiosity of these kids while competing to explore the layered wrappers to target their candies. This continued with the amazing and fun filled “Sand Treasure Hunt” game for kids between 5-10 years.

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    The next party game “Bombing the City” for children of all ages with placard names of their favourite out-lets (Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald & Dominos) was a big hit for the children and for everyone watching them whenever the music stopped and announced the bombed city.

    Next was the turn of the beautiful ladies to play a new innovative game of “Longest Tear”, where they had to tear an A4 size paper sheet with their hands as long as they could. The participants raced for the win amidst the encouragement and cheering by their better halves. The married men and bachelors game was played next. It started enthusiastically with the traditional “Musical Chair” and later there was a twist wherein the last 10 remaining participants had to fetch things in and around with the help of the audience and as tactfully instructed by the Games Coordinator, Roopa Umesh. The couples had a blast in the next game playing “Bursting the Balloon”. Each couple placed an inflated balloon in between their backs and tried to burst it without touching it with their hands, among roaring cheers from the crowd. Next, was an interesting game “Building of Coins” played by couples which tested their intelligence and life balancing skills. The couples were provided few money coins and a pop stick, the end of which had to be placed in their mouths. When signaled to start, each partner placed coins on top of the pop stick taking alternate turns building a coin tower over the bridge balanced between their mouths. The concluding game of the day was “Balancing the Ball” for couples and bachelors in pairs. This was very witty and challenging as the couples and bachelors struggled to pull the ball tucked between their partners neck into theirs without touching hands. Even after two rehearsals, many participants were struggling to pull off the ball without much success!

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    The audiences were kept busy with spot games and prizes guessing the price of various food stuff and grocery items, and the one who guessed the correct or closest price was given the same item as their prize. This was quiet a vocal game as everyone bid for the item on offer. All the games kept the audience fascinated and engrossed for an extensive length of time. Men, women and kids enjoyed the day by participating in the fun-filled games with joy and smiles abundant on all the faces when the fun games were conducted.

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    The prize winners in various categories were:
    • Unwrapping the Candies
    1. Raksh Uday
    2. Anchal Naveen

    • Sand treasure hunt
    1. Anuj Umesh
    2. Sharath Chandra

    • Paper Tearing Game
    1. Divya Kotian
    2. Sharath Kumari

    • Bombing The City Game
    1. Akanksha Ranjan
    2. Dhriti Kanchan

    • Bacherlor’s Musical Chair
    1. Sudeep Kumar
    2. Tarun Ashish

    • Coins Balancing Game
    Winner -Dr Ranjan & Dr Seema Ranjan

    • Bursting The Baloon Game
    Winners –Ashwini and Santosh Salian

    • Passing the ball (neck to neck) Game
    Winner – Gautam Raj & Sunil Kanchan

    Buffet lunch of traditional delicacies fish curry, chicken sukka, kadle-mannoli, sabakki payasa and many more were served, which flash backed the memories of native fondness.

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    While the audience settled after the lunch and relished ice-creams, Shesh Kanchan and team conducted the Housie game.

    Another highlight of the event was the swimming pool. Children who waited impatiently robed in their swimming gear during the day jumped into the pool and while the youngsters enjoyed thoroughly frolicking in the water, the elders and others relaxed and were treated to visual pleasure enjoying the Yakshagana played through the screen projector. Later, tea and coffee were served with sizzling hot Golibaje.

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    The dance floor was opened to all and the music was well managed by our very own DJ Ashok Kotian.

    The grand raffle draw, sponsored by Ravi Kanchan (Bright Silver LLC), was held at the conclusion of the event and three lucky Mogaveers namely Sohan Girish Kanchan – Lucky Kid, Mamata Pushparaj – Lucky Woman, and Narayana Shriyan –Lucky Man, won the same.

    Sujatha Lokesh Kunder (Joint Secretary) and Aarti Ravi Kanchan (General Secretary of MM Koota) delivered the vote of thanks, expressing heartfelt gratitude to HM Sultan Qaboos, ruler of Oman, all the sponsors, supporters and patrons of the day’s event.

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    The main sponsors of the event were Girish Kanchan, Ravi Kanchan, Dr Shekar Salian and Dr Ranjan. Drinking water and juices were sponsored by Oman Oasis LLC and Khafeef cooking oil was sponsored by Areej Vegetable Oil LLC, arranged by Prakash Naik (Vice President-MM Koota).

    Everyone enjoyed the day to the fullest and carried home joyful memories along with complimentary Khafeef oil. Bags of goodies were handed over to the kids as return gift. The party mood continued for the kids with the curiousness to find what was inside their bags and to the Muscat Mogaveers family looking forward to the announcement of the next get-together.

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  • Kuwait Kannada Koota holds Annual Talent Show ‘Marala Mallige’

    Kuwait: Kannada Koota organized its annual talent show “Marala Mallige”, at the Carmel School Auditorium here on May 6.

    Every year, KKK conducts Marala Mallige (Jasmine flowers in the desert) to bring out the hidden talents from the children as well as adult members of the Koota.

     

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    The programme began with an invocation. Convener of Marala Mallige Ullas Vadana welcomed the gathering. President of the Koota Sudhir Shenoy and other members of the executive committee inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp.

    Children exhibited their talents in the form of singing, enacting, story-telling and cat-walk by tiny tots. It was a real sight to watch these children performing with effortless ease.

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    All the events were judged by the judges who were very glad to see these children on the stage.

    There was a ‘Treasure hunt’ for the youngsters who were smart enough to hunt the treasure. A quiz competition was conducted for elders identifying the famous personalities of Karnataka.

    ‘Gumpalli Govinda’, a group programme was also held, more than 50 KKK members participated in the competition, they were divided into four houses such as Kaveri, Sharavathi, Netravathi and Hemavathi. Each group performed beautifully, sending out a message to protect the environment and Unity in Diversity.

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    Children who participated in various competitions were given away prizes. Secretary of the Koota Deepak Katti delivered the vote of thanks.

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  • Oman: Tulu Stage play ‘Paniyere Aavandina’ by renowned Devdas Kapikad and Cha Parka artistes

    Muscat: Tuluvaites in Oman will enjoy a hilarious treat of a play ,”Paniyere Aavandina”, which means “That which cannot be told”. This Tulu Comedy stage play, penned by the well known, “Thelikede Bolli (‘Light of Laughter ) Devdas Kapikad along with the talented Cha Parka Team, Mangaluru, will be presented by Majan Events on May 22, at the Grand Hall, Al Falaj Hotel at 6.30 pm.

    Majan Events, in association with Kudla Friends, Muscat, will present this humour and message -embedded play and an evening to remember. The Story, Creation, Direction, Acting and Vocal Music, for this play is by the Laughing star Devdas Kapikad, himself. His talent is well appreciated by all drama lovers and the Cha Parka Team is no stranger to the Tulu drama lovers here.


    Cha Parka Group:

    Devdas Kapikad and his tryst with drama and its various nuances in the form of acting, singing, directing, penning script lines, span three decades or more. Barely fourteen years old, Kapikad penned a short stage play, “Ananda Baashpa” for the school stage. From thereon, “Ellayaye Mallaye” “Bale Cha Parka”, “Gante Yethand”, “Eer Doora”, Pudar Deethiji, Pudar Panodchi, Yanori Baroliya, etc.

    His love for theatre and his laudable efforts in popularizing Tulu theatre, has always attracted many a drama enthusiasts. Though most of the plays, staged by the team, have a major element of comedy, they do exhibit a strong social message interspersed with striking emotions.

    Gist of the Play:

    “Paniyere aavandina ……..

    In our day to day lives, we do encounter instances or real life incidents or situations that can or cannot be expressed or discussed for seeking a solution to that problem.

    “A problem well stated is a problem half solved” This maxim is well practised by most of us ,whilst seeking solutions or remedies to solving of a problem.

    But in many a case, one does not wish to share or reveal their problem, out of the fear of any untoward happening. Such thoughts get suppressed in their hearts and they endure the suffocation of thoughts within them.

    There is an element of mystery, about an untold incident and a thought provoking message which will keep the audience rooted to their seats till the end.

    Kapikads message to the audience

    “This is my 49th piece of my heartfelt art and am sure you all, our esteemed audience, will enjoy the play till the end and the evening will be an entertaining one”.

    Kudla Friends comprising of Yuvraj Salian, Suraj Rebello and Srikanth Shetty, have organised many entertaining cultural events and Sports Events since the inception of their group Kudla Friends.

    Their events:

    May 2012 – Tulu stage play “Dada Malperapundu” By the famous Lakumi troupe
    May 2013 – “Kudla Utsav,” “Kudla Kalaakar”, “Dance Kudla Dance”, Voice of Kudla with the renowned Guru Kiran as Chief Guest.

    April 2014 – Tulu Parba in association with Namma TV ,Musical treat by Shri Guru Kiran and supported by Nayana Rajgopal, Dance performances by Kishore Aman of Dance India dance fame along with a group of talented dancers.

    Comedy drama by the famous Prashamsa Team ,’Bale Telipaale”.

    Sports Events: Kudla Cup I, II, III, IV conducted and well organised for sports enthusiasts from all the communities. Tournaments in cricket, volleyball, throwball, Tug of war, Lagori Slow Cycling race and Fun games were organised much to the spirit and delight of the members of the various Mangalorean communities .

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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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