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  • India never violates ceasefire: Rajnath

    Noida, Oct 24, 2014: India has never violated the 2003 ceasefire with Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir border, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday.

    "India never violates the ceasefire. It is a country which believes in peace," the minister said in response to Pakistani allegations.

    "In the last two days, it is Pakistan which has violated the ceasefire. They did not even spare a day like Diwali," he added.

    The latest ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces occurred Thursday, the day of Diwali, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Kashmir.

    The minister was speaking at an event to mark the 53rd Raising Day of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Soorajpur here.


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  • DVS's assets double in five months

    Bangalore: He has been neck-deep in familial problems but that hasn't affected the breakneck speed at which he's surged ahead of all others in the Narendra Modi cabinet. Union Railway Minister D V Sadanand Gowda has the unique distinction of doubling his assets in the last five months.

    From Rs 9.88 crore, when he declared his assets during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, to Rs 20.35 crore now, DVS seems to have shown greater financial wizardry than Finance and Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, the richest minister in the Modi cabinet.

    The doubling of assets came to light after an in-depth analysis by the National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) which studied the declarations of Lok Sabha ministers with an increase or decrease of more than Rs 50 lakh in assets.

    DVS himself makes no bones in acknowledging this. "I completely agree with what Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has published. After contesting the elections and before the announcement of results, I had purchased a property on BEL Road. About Rs 8 crore was raised as loan from the Federal Bank and another Rs 2 crore as rental advance. This acquisition could not be revealed as I had already submitted an affidavit before the Election Commission and I was awaiting the results. After assuming charge as Union Minister, I had the opportunity to disclose my assets and, accordingly, I have included the latest acquisition," the Union railway minister told Bangalore Mirror.

    Detailing these property deals, the National Election Watch says Gowda bought a commercial building worth Rs 13,49,000 in Puttur Kasaba Sy no 215/1C and another residential building worth Rs 11.65 crore at Chikkamaranahalli ward No/4 Matthikere, bearing P-I-D No 4-78-15. Both these investments are the main reason his nest eggs doubled.

    Notwithstanding these gains, lady luck has smiled down on DVS in his political career too. A few years ago when B S Yeddyurappa was chief minister, he tried hard to become Chairman of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), but failed. But his luck turned following Yeddurappa's taint in the mining scam and his subsequent resignation. Gowda became chief minister and was soon catapulted to the post of Railway Minister following the Lok Sabha elections.

    The declarations of the Union Council of Ministers to the PMO also reveals that Gowda is followed by Radhakrishnan P, Minister of State, Independent Charge, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, who has declared an increase of Rs. 2.98 crore: up from Rs. 4.09 crore in Lok Sabha 2014 to Rs. 7.07 crore. Jaitley's assets have gone from Rs. 113.02 crore in Lok Sabha 2014 to Rs. 114.03 crore.

    Meanwhile, the ministers' wealth gains might never have been in the public domain if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not made it compulsory for his ministers to declare their assets immediately after getting elected.

    The watchdogs said 41 per cent of union ministers are crorepatis as per their declarations to the Prime Minister's Office. Jaitley was the richest at Rs.114.03 crore, followed by Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Rs.108.31 crore and Piyush Goyal at Rs 94.66 crore.

    The statement also said 16 ministers have shown a decrease in assets. "External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj showed a decrease of Rs.3.89 crore (from Rs 17.55 crore declared in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections). She is followed by Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region V K Singh who declared a decrease of Rs 3.13 crore (from 4.11 crore declared during polls). He is followed by Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, who declared a decrease of Rs 1.28 crores," the statement said.

    Despite the apparent attempt at bringing about transparency, a statement by ADR and NEW reveals that its real purpose might be defeated. "Many ministers have not given the value of many assets declared. Not declaring the value of assets is akin to not making a disclosure at all. Apart from that, some ministers have not given the present market value of the immovable assets they have declared on the PMO website. The purpose of the declaration is to encourage financial transparency," the statement said.

    "That purpose is belied when the declarations are not made in the spirit of the instructions issued by the MHA. ADR and NEW strongly recommend that asset declarations be made in a standard format, preferably in the format of the election affidavit," statement added.


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  • Veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran dead

    Chennai, Oct 24, 2014:  Tamil cinema’s Yesteryear actor S.S. Rajendran, who was battling for life at a private hospital here, breathed his last Friday. He was 85.

    "He was admitted to Meenakshi Hospital yesterday (Thursday) in critical condition. He passed away this morning (Friday) due to issues related to lung infection," a family source told IANS.

    Earlier this year, Rajendran was hospitalised again for lung infection.

    Rajendran, who made his cinematic debut with 1952 Tamil film "Parasakthi", has also starred in films like "Ratha Kanner", "Rangoon Radha" and "Sivagangai Seemai".

    Having acted in over 50 Tamil films, Rajendran was treated on par with legends such as M.G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganeshan.

    For nearly two decades, Rajendran was actively involved in politics. He was known as the first actor-legislator of Indian politics.

    Under the establishment of SSR Pankajam, Rajendran’s wife Pankajam and he had built a cinema theatre, film studio and recording theatre.


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  • Kochi airport on high alert after terror threat

    New Delhi, October 24, 2014:  Kerala’s Kochi airport was put on high alert after a letter sent anonymously warning of flights being targeted was received by the Airports Authority of India on Friday.

    The letter, received by an Airport Authority of India official at the Kolkata airport, reportedly claimed that the flight on Friday night from Ahmedabad to Kolkata and the Saturday morning flight from Kochi to Mumbai will be targeted.

    Security around the Kochi airport has been tightened with increased checks on passengers. A bomb detection and disposal squad has been sent to the airport.

    An investigation is on and the source of the letter is still to be traced. Senior airport officials and security experts are holding a meeting to review the security of the Kochi airport.

    Courtesy: Indiatoday


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  • Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

    Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday suspended one of its senior leaders in Odisha for making "anti-party" statements on social media.

    "The party suspended Ashok Sahu for anti-party activities," state BJP spokesman Samir Mohanty told IANS.

    Sahu had made some "objectionable" comments a few days ago on social networking sites. He also made such comments on television shows despite being warned by party leaderships, the party spokesman said.

    Sahu, a former Assam-cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, had held the post of state vice-president and spokesman of the party in the past.

    He was not happy with the way the BJP fielded former Biju Janata Dal MP Rudra Madhav Ray as its candidate for Oct 15 Kandhamal by-poll just a day after he joined the party.

    The by-poll was necessitated by the death of BJD's Hemendra Chandra Singh. Singh's widow Pratyusha Rajeswari, who contested on BJD ticket, won the seat by nearly three lakh votes. The BJP's Ray stood second.

    "Kandhamal by-poll result is a lesson for the BJP to introspect why Modi wave is diluted in Odisha unlike any other part in the country," Sahu commented on a social networking site.

    "The BJP in Odisha, as it appears, requires immediate surgery. It is unfortunate that some in the BJP are celebrating it as an achievement," he said.

    "This euphoria," Sahu added, "does not augur well for the party. We, in the BJP, both leaders at the state level and the workers have to do a lot at the ground level..."

    Sahu contested the Lok Sabha election from Kandhamal in 2009 and from Puri in 2014 and had lost. He was not available for comments. ...

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  • India asks UNSC to enforce resolutions on countering terrorism

    United Nations: India's UN Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to enforce without exception its resolutions on countering terrorism in order to stave off "an ever-widening spiral of violence and destruction".

    "The Council must seriously and transparently take measures available to it under the Charter to require member states of implement its resolutions on countering terrorism without exception," he said Thursday.

    Therefore, the UNSC should incorporate a "mandatory time-bound reporting" to the wider UN membership of how the anti-terrorism resolutions are implemented.

    Mukerji suggested that for a start, UNSC give its assessment of implementation of the provisions for international cooperation in the resolution on countering terrorism it passed last month.

    One of these provisions called on member states to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings relating to the financing or support of terrorist acts and foreign fighters.

    Others were on improving cooperation among nations to take steps to stop the travel of foreign terrorists and to share information to identify them, and on acting on preventing terrorists from using technology to incite support for terrorism.

    Mukerji warned that "to condone the use of terrorism on account of perceived political purposes is counterproductive, and will engulf more and more member states in an ever-widening spiral of violence and destruction".

    Turning to UN peacekeeping operations, he crticised the UNSC saying it was "enforcing the will of a small privileged minority within the Council to look at peacekeepers as instruments to wage war".

    He cited the UNSC's disregard of the UN Charter requirement for nations contributing troops "to participate in the decisions" of the UNSC on their deployment.

    "India, for example, has not been so consulted," he said. "This despite the fact that India is the single largest contributor of troops to UN peacekeeping operations, having contributed more than 170,000 troops in 43 of the 69 peacekeeping operations mandated so far by the Council."

    Currently, India has 8,108 personnel under the UN's blue flag, 7,053 of them troops and 999 police.

    A consequence of not involving nations contributing troops in the decision-making process "is an increasing demand for more and more resources, military and financial, and experiments with new technology," he said.

    This has been "at the expense of a politically brokered peaceful settlement of disputes".

    Pakistan's Ambassador Masood Khan also called for closer consultation by the UNSC with countries contributing troops so that mandates were adapted to actual situations. ...

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  • Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Siachen to spend some time with soldiers on Diwali and convey the message there that every Indian stands shoulder-to- shoulder with them.

    He went to Siachen before travelling to Srinagar to spend time with the flood-affected people on the festival of lights.

    "Friends, I am leaving for Siachen Glacier. It's my good fortune that I will be able to spend time with our brave soldiers on this special day," Modi tweeted, before embarking on the visit.

    "Am going to Siachen with a message from each and every Indian to our soldiers- that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you," he said.

    Praising the country's sentinels, Modi said, "Be it the altitude or bitter cold, nothing deters our soldiers. They stand there, serving our Nation. They make us truly proud."After his brief visit to Siachen, Modi will travel to Srinagar to meet the flood victims.

    "After the Siachen visit I will continue with my scheduled visit to Srinagar to spend time with those affected due to the recent floods," Modi said on the micro-blogging site.

    He further said, "Everyone is aware of the extreme conditions at Siachen. Overcoming every challenge our soldiers stand firm, protecting our Motherland.''


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  • Pakistan violates ceasefire near Samba in Jammu

    New Delhi, October 22, 2014:  Pakistan soldiers on Wednesday again resorted to firing from across the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir in yet another act of ceasefire violation.
    "Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing at Narainpur BoP along IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba district at around 1030 hours," said Ramgarh Station House Officer (SHO), Satesh Kumar.

    Confirming the ceasefire violation, a BSF spokesman said that Indian troops had retaliated to the Pakistani firing in brief exchanges.

    "There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing," the spokesman added.

    The latest ceasefire violation comes 72 hours after the last instance of firing from across the border by the neighbouring country’s troops on the night of October 19 in Pargwal sector of Jammu district.

    Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on Oct.

    18 and 17 by resorting to firing on BoPs in the Makwal and Allah mahi Da Kothay (AMK) areas of Jammu district.

    Before that, the ceasefire was violated twice on Oct. 17 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Hamirpur sector of Poonch district. Ceasefire violations also took place on Oct. 16 night.

    In firing from across the LoC in the Saujian-Kirni-Shahpur belts of Poonch on Oct. 15, a seven-year-old boy, Riyaz of Kuiyian Gotirian village, was injured.

    The IB and LoC in Jammu region have witnessed heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops since Oct. 1 which has left nine persons dead and over 95 injured, including 13 security men.

    Around 30,000 people have fled their homes to avoid the shelling, leaving 113 hamlets deserted in the border areas.

    Courtesy: Indiatoday

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  • US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity

    New York, Oct 22, 2014, (IANS):  A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by Nov 4 to the US government’s suggestion of immunity.

    A US court has asked a human rights group to  respond by Nov 4 to the US government’s "suggestion of immunity" in a  case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against  humanity.

    US federal Judge Analisa Torres Tuesday issued an order asking the  American Justice Center (AJC) to file its response to suggestion of  immunity for Modi filed by US prosecutor Preet Bharara’s office on  Sunday at the request of the State Department.

    The State Department in a letter to the US justice department had  conveyed the Indian government’s request to have the case against Modi  "dismissed on the basis of his immunity from jurisdiction as a sitting  foreign head of government."

    The letter by State Department legal advisor Mary McLeod to Acting  Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda is dated Sep 30, the day Modi  had his formal summit meeting with President Barack Obama at the White  House.

    "The Department of State recognizes and allows the immunity of Prime  Minister Modi as a sitting head of government from the jurisdiction of  the United States District Court in this suit," McLeod wrote.

    "This letter recognizes the particular importance attached by the United  States to obtaining the prompt dismissal of the proceedings against  Prime Minister Modi in view of the significant foreign policy  implications of such an action," she added.

    However AJC legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun contended that the  ’suggestion of Immunity’ filed by Bharara’s office is not binding on the  court as Modi’s alleged human rights violations before becoming Prime  Minister are not immune.

    "The selective and arbitrary approach of the US Department of Justice on  the issue of immunity to foreign leaders will be the key factor in  challenging the immunity to PM Modi," he said.

    The AJC case against Modi filed during his recent visit to the US seeks  his prosecution under the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims  Protection Act for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots when he  was the state’s chief minister.

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  • Foodworld PDS outlet not to supply grain to poor

    Bangalore: Oct 25, 2014, DHNS:  The food and civil supplies department’s experiment to distribute ration to the poor in a clean and friendly environment has flopped in the City.

    In June this year, the department opened a public distribution centre on the premises of Foodworld, a supermarket, in Jeevanahalli, Cox Town. Nearly 700 ration card holders who fall under the below poverty line were shifted from the regular ration shop in the Doddagunte slum to the counter at Foodworld.

    This out-of-the-box initiative was aimed at helping the card holders get their share of subsidised ration in a clean environment besides ensuring that they get their full quota. They were allowed to collect the ration anytime between 8 am and 8 pm.

    At the supermarket, the PDS counter was managed by the employees of the Food Corporation of India. For some weeks, everything went on smoothly with neither the supermarket managers nor the card holders facing any problem.

    The department installed a point of sale machine with an electronic weighing scale and a biometric fingerprint scanner that displayed the fingerprints and photographs of the beneficiaries, besides showing their quota along with the prices.

    But now, the department has decided to shut down the counter from November 1. “We are shifting all the card holders back to the PDS shop at Doddagunte slum,” confirmed Bhanu Kumar, Food Inspector for the area.

    The reasons are many. The card holders are reluctant to walk about a kilometre from the slum to the supermarket to collect their groceries. In addition, they have to spend at least Rs 45 on auto-rickshaw ride to collect their ration worth less than Rs 100.

    The owners of Foodworld were also not happy with the PDS counter as the subsidised rice and wheat were infested with insects and were contaminating other groceries at the supermarket. They have asked the FCI to clear the stocks at the earliest.

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  • KJ George: Strict action against persons who indulge in racial violence

    Bangalore: With the increase of racial violence in the city, a meeting was held between the Home Minister KJ George and the police department along with the northeastern Indian residents on Friday October 24.

    Addressing the meeting at the police commissioner’s office, Home Minister KJ George stated that northeastern Indians in the city need not fear, because any person who attempts to create racial violence will be booked, arrested and stern action will be taken against them, he declared.

    “A special team will be formed to help tackle the problems and solve the issues faced by the people from northeastern India. The team will be headed by senior police officers who will meet at least once in a month and discuss the prevailing problems,” the minister said.

    A senior police officer, who attended the meeting, said, “The northeastern people should form an organisation in the areas where they live and give the police their personal details so that they solve their problem.”

    The meeting was initiated and the decision was taken after the attack on Manipuri students at Kothanur, recently. The state police Chief Lalrokhuma Pachuau was also present during the meeting. ...

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  • Kerala government finally decides to develop national highways at 45-meter width

    Thiruvanantapuram,  Oct 24, 2014:  After the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) rejected Kerala Government proposal to develop national highway at a width of 30 meters, the Congress government in the state has decided to acquire land to develop the highways at a width of 45 meters.

    While national highways elsewhere in the country have been developed into six-lane at a width of 60 meters, Kerala had earlier managed to alter the norms for the state to develop the highways into four-lane at a width of 45 meters.

    After 100-km stretch along the NH 47 was developed into four-laned tolled highway, protest erupted in many places against land acquisition. Fearing loss of votes, political parties also offered tacit support for the agitations at the grassroots level. Due to stiff resistance from traders and land owners, the state government had suspended land acquisition several months back.

    After the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the state could not further delay the highways development debating over the width. Kerala government proposal to develop the highways at a width of 30 meters was rejected by the MORTH. If land is not acquired and handed over to the National Highway Authority of India, the state would be deprived of the highways development, said Chandy.

    The Chief Minister said district collectors have been asked to speed land acquisition. Land owners would be offered attractive compensation package in which their properties would be taken at market rate. The National Highway Authority of India would go for further steps, including tendering of the work, only after 80 per cent of the land acquisition would be over.

    The development of Kerala leg of two prominent national highways NH 17 and NH 47 has been long pending in the state. In 2009, an all-party meeting had decided to reduce the NH width in Kerala to 30 meters. The protest was mainly from north Kerala districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode, where Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League has been backing the agitators. However, the previous UPA government did not accept that political decision.

    In the meantime, the State Public Works Department submitted a new project to the MORTH, seeking fund to develop national highways at a width of 30 meters. The state wanted to develop the highways as its responsibility, but wanted fund from the Central Government.

    This proposal was not accepted, forcing the state to toe the MORTH directive to develop highways at 45 meters width.

    If the latest decision has to be implemented, Kerala Government would be confronting an uphill task in land acquisition, fighting disputes in courts and providing compensation for the acquired land and demolished structures. The local body elections, slated for middle of next year, would be another challenge for the ruling Congress-led UDF in acquiring land for highway development.

    A rough estimate shows that the state has to acquire around 3,400 acres of land for the proposed development of the two national highways. The cash-strapped state would have to find huge resources for compensation package.

    In Kerala, real estate prices along the national highways have turned exorbitant. One cent of land along these highways would cost in the range of 5 lakh to 50 lakh across the state. Compensation would go up further considering the buildings which have to be demolished in the development drive.

    Soon after the Chief Minister announced the decision on highway width, a co-ordination committee working against highways land acquisition said the government should desist from the move. “Highways can be developed at a width of 30 meters. We would not accept the new decision, which is meant for the lobby of the tolled highways,’’ said convener of the committee Hashim Chendampally.

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  • Bangalore school secretary arrested in child rape case

    Bangalore: Karnataka Police Friday arrested the secretary of a society that runs a private school here, where a three-year-old student was allegedly raped, and registered criminal cases against its three office-bearers.

    "We have registered a criminal case against K.R.K. Reddy, secretary of Sri Gowtham Academy of General & Technical Education Society, which runs Orchids The International School, in which the horrifying incident occurred, and arrested him for interrogation," Home Minister K.J. George told reporters here.

    Besides Reddy, the society's three office bearers - president K. Durga, vice-president Y. Shilpa and joint secretary U. Surendra Babu - were booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 on a complaint filed by state education department deputy director H.B. Manjunath in the jurisdictional police station Thursday.

    "The accused have been running the school (Orchids) by flouting rules, violating laws and cheating the public, parents and about 900 students without any recognition from the state or central governments," George said.

    On inspection, officials found that the society secured permission March 3, 2013 from the state government to run a primary school from class 1-5 in Kannada medium.

    "In reality, the school has been running classes from pre-nursery to seventh class in English medium, claiming affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), which is a gross violation and abuse of law," George said.

    The society is alleged to have also collected huge sums of money from parents in the guise of donations and building fund by claiming that it was a recognised school.

    Meanwhile, a special team set up to probe the incident, Friday questioned seven drivers of buses operated by the society to ferry students from their homes to the school.

    "The investigation into the case is in progress. We have interrogated the school management, all male employees in the school, including PT (physical training) teachers, sports coaches and security persons," additional police commissioner (law and order) Alok Kumar told reporters.

    Though the probe team, headed by assistant commissioner of police Sarah Fatima, detained the school's attender for questioning, Kumar said no arrest has been made as yet as the investigation is on.

    "We have not arrested anyone so far in the main case but have been interrogating the 45-year-old attender on the basis of evidence collected such as his movements in the CCTV footage and what the victim told her parents, our women counsellers, who are part of the probe team," Alok Kumar added.

    In a related development, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said stringent action would be taken against the school management and the guilty would be punished under the relevant law, including the Goonda Act, which was recently amended to include rape and sexual abuse of girls or children as serious crime.

    The criminal case was registered late Tuesday under sections of the Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section of the IPC on a complaint by the victim's father that his young daughter was molested while she was in the school.


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  • Main road of Bannimantap, a dirt track; MCC dithers

    Mysore: The road that connects to the  Ring Road from Highway Circle passing through Bannimantap ‘A’ Layout, has been in a devastated situation off late.

    The main road of Bannimantap ‘A’ Layout, which is route  to many industries, petroleum depots and warehouses, has turned into a dirt track. However despite the several attempts made by the industrialists, this road has not been repaired by the concerned authorities.

    At the  time of rain, the road turns into a mess with slush and stagnant rainwater. The road has also got crater-like potholes which makes it difficult even for the lorries to commute.

    The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has released funds for taking up development works on ‘Jodithenginamara’ Road which connects Bannimantap ‘A’ Layout to Highway Circle. But, the authorities seem to have neglected the road further for reasons best known to them.

    Corporator Ramesh of ward 29 said that the Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake had conducted an inspection of the road and got Rs. 6.5 crore released for the development of the road through MUDA during his recent visit.

    But, the tender process has been postponed for unknown reasons. The road has also become the dump yard for debris from demolished buildings. Requests to stop the dumping  of  the debris have gone unheard, as people continue to do so, said Ramesh.

    Once the tenders are opened the road will be developed from the Ring Road junction to the Indian Oil Corporation depot, he concluded.


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  • Now BBMP to provide a decent goodbye to your pet

    Bangalore: 15 months, Rs. 2.35 crore and Bangalore’s first pet crematorium near Sumanahalli on Magadi Road is ready. Bangalore is the third city after New Delhi and Mumbai to have a pet crematorium. It has a capacity of 20 animals per day.

    The crematorium starts operations in November. It is learn that that the crematorium has two incinerators, one for small pets like cats and dogs and a bigger one for large livestock. For the religiously inclined, the crematorium will offer a facility for rituals to be done to dispose of a pet's ashes.

    Veterinary doctors will be stationed at the facility to conduct post-mortem on animals that die due to disease. The BBMP is yet to work out cremation costs but its officials say the fee would be less than Rs1,000, an official said.


    BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana said, "The construction of a pet crematorium was undertaken after the High Court issued orders to the BBMP stating that it is an obligatory duty of the civic agency to treat dead animals in a proper manner. Keeping in mind the High Court's direction we took up construction work and within due time the project has been completed."

    A PIL filed in the High Court of Karnataka for the ethical treatment of animals. The court had in 2008 ordered that the BBMP should come up with a crematorium for animals. Five years later, work has been completed.

    Bangalore is already home to South India's first pet cemetery. Run by People for Animals, it is located on a half-acre plot near Kengeri. However, as with cemeteries for humans, the need for more land prevents the establishment of new cemeteries.


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  • Bangalore child rape case; school regulated nursery section illegally

    Bangalore: In a shocking revelation, it become known, that the School nursery, where the 4-year-old girl was raped, is run illegally.

    On Thursday October 23, addressing the press, commissioner for public instruction Mohammad Mohsin, after his visit to the school stated that the management did not have permission to operate the institution.

    He said, “The school claimed to be affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and that they had the permission to regulate classes from nursery to seventh standard.”

    “However, when questioned, it was revealed that the management had received permission to operate a Kannada-medium school from first standard to fifth standard only, making its operations illegal”, he added,

    He said the department had already filed a criminal case against the school management for operating an educational institution without licence.

    Progress on the Case:

    On Thursday, afer more than two days of investigating the case, Jalahalli police were tightlipped on how far they had progressed on identifying the culprit. Police said that while CCTV cameras have been installed in the school premises, there is altogether less than 60 seconds of footage in which the girl features. None of it is leading evidence. Police have also questioned staff of the school.

    Police have detained a peon of the school, but took great pains to clarify that the man has not been arrested, far less charged with the crime.
    City police commissioner, MN Reddy clarified that the peon has only been detained and so far there are no arrests. He assured that the investigation is on the right path, and that the police have obtained some clues.

    The peon was detained after the victim pointed to his picture when shown a bunch of six suspects. But police are being cautious. Given the victim's age and her comprehension of the crime, they say they cannot blindly rely on the girl's testimony.

    He was reportedly produced before a magistrate on Wednesday October 23 at the judge's residence since it was a government holiday. Police say this is to avoid a case of illegal detention since the person is only a suspect at this point and they cannot detain him for more than 24 hours without arresting him. They have merely obtained permission for custodial interrogation, they say.


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  • DG Rashmi asks police protection for ATI files

    Mysore: Documents related to the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) scam, and other records of the Institute were shifted to a different location inside ATI, in the presence of police personnel, recently.

    The documents related to the alleged ATI scam, during the tenure of former Director General of ATI, Amita Prasad, exceed 9,000 pages. According to sources, DG of ATI and in-charge Regional Commissioner, Rashmi V Mahesh had raised fears that the documents were susceptible to arson, destruction or tampering, as many of the top staff of ATI were involved in the scam. Hence the security measures.

    Following this, police personnel inspected the ATI premises and the standalone building where documents of ATI were kept. Police identified a secure building inside ATI and decided to shift to the documents. Sources said that documents related to the alleged embezzlement occupied nearly three rooms.

    It can be recalled that Rashmi Mahesh was recently assaulted allegedly by persons who were part of the irregularities at ATI, following the suicide of a gazetted manager at ATI premises. After the assault, Rashmi had approached the media, and had maintained that the attack was “pre-meditated” and was “aided and abetted” by the police.

    The assault was widely condemned and the State government has ordered a probe into the allegations made by Rashmi in her report. ...

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  • Panaji: Russian Molested on Beach - and by Doctor

    Panaji, Oct 23 (IANS) Molested on a Goa beach last week, a Russian woman has now told Russian consular officials here that she was molested against by a male doctor at a government hospital where she was sent for medical examination after the first assault.

    Speaking to IANS, advocate Vikram Varma, legal advisor to honorary Russian Consulate in Goa, also said that there were massive procedural delays in the filing of the first information report by police and the hospital authorities vis-a-vis the medical examination process.

    Varma said that according to the victim, a Russian tourist who was on a seven-day holiday, the doctor examining her molested her by pressing her breast at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), near Panaji.

    She had been taken to the state-run facility after being molested and robbed on Baga beach, 20 km north of Panaji early Saturday.

    "The victim has informed the Russian consulate of the matter. What has disturbed her is the way her breasts were examined by a male doctor at GMC," Varma said, adding that a formal FIR had not been registered yet.

    The victim has also informed the consulate that the molestation and robbery FIR was registered after 24 hours, which is against a directive of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

    The Goa home ministry controlled by Parrikar had issued a circular asking police not to delay registering offences involving crimes against women.

    Varma also said that getting through formalities following the robbery and molestation took almost a day.

    "She was visiting only for a week and after this incident she has spent a whole day nearly at the police station and GMC," the lawyer told IANS.

    The victim was walking along the popular Baga beach when unknown persons slapped her, tore her clothes, molested her and snatched her gold chain worth Rs.33,000 Saturday.

    Neither police nor hospital authorities were ready to comment on the incident.

    This is one of the first reported body crimes against a foreign female tourist this season, which officially began mid-October.

    Goa's beaches have been under the spotlight for being unsafe to foreign tourists, especially women, in recent times.

    Russians account for the largest contingent of foreign tourists to Goa, which sees three million tourists every year, out of which half a million are foreigners.


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  • Subrahmanya: Advocate and Another Arrested for Hunting Porcupine

    Subrahmanya: Two persons were arrested by the forest officials on Thursday for hunting an Indian porcupine (Hystrix indica), which is an endangered species of wildlife, in the Kulkunda reserve forest near here.

    Game-hunting has been banned and is punishable by law. The forest officials are authorized to shoot at sight anyone who causes any hurt to wildlife.

    The carcass of the hunted animal was also seized from their possession. They have been identified as D H Harishchandra (42), a practising advocate and Padmanabha of Kulkunda. Another game-hunter is said to have escaped during the raid.

    A gun used for hunting, a Hyundai i10 car and a search-light have been seized besides the carcass.


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  • Mangalore: MLA J R Lobo Celebrates Deepavali with Bhagini Samaj Children

    Mangalore: MLA J R Lobo celebrated Deepavali with the children of Bhagini Samaj at Jeppu here, on October 24.

    42 children from Bhagini Samaj lit the diyas and bursted fire crackers. MLA Lobo distributed the sweets and fruits to the children. He also joined the children in bursting fire crackers. 

    Addressing the mediapersons Lobo said, "Today people are celebrating Deepavali. It is the festival of lights, and people celebrate Deepavali for three days. We, the congress party workers, thought of celebrating Deepavali with the less fortunate children of the Bhagini Samaj."

    He further said that when the entire country is celebrating Deepavali, some are deprived from celebrating the festival. "Children in Bhagini Samaj should not be deprived from celebrating the festival of lights. Let Deepavali bring joy, happiness, harmony and unity in the society." 

    Later, Lobo distributed rice and sweets to two poor families from Jeppu.

    The Treasurer of Bhagini Samaj, Vanamala Bhat said, "Every year donors bring sweets, fire crackers and fruits to the children. This year the Congress leaders, especially the MLA of Mangalore South Constituency J R Lobo, has come here to celebrate Deepavali with the children. The Congress leaders have brought fruits, sweets and fire crackers for our children. All the children here are very happy and eager to celebrate Deepavali with the MLA." 

    Deputy Mayor Kavita, Corporator Rathikala and others were also present. ...

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  • Mangalore: e-Hub to have e-Toilets! Pay and Pee Portable Toilets to be Installed in City Soon

    Mangalore: As the saying goes, "When you got to go, You got to go!". But at present in a City like Mangalre, when you got to go, there is hardly any clean and decent toilet to go. Not any more, because the Education-Hub (e-Hub)-Mangalore will soon be seeing e-toilets, with slot machines, for a rupee, giving you access to plush loos, if the Mangalore City Corporation's plans are realized. Users have to have insert coin/coins in the slot before entering the toilet. The toilet will be fully automated and will flush automatically before and after use. These toilets planned by MCC and yet to be materialized will provide access to ultra-clean, environment-friendly toilets. But with shortage of coins/ and people not accustomed of carrying change in their pockets, will these e-toilets succeed in business need to be discussed before implementing the idea.

    According to MCC, initially these high-tech e-toilets will be set up near to bus stands, auto-rickshaw stands and near huge movement of people in the city limits. These e-toilets aim at redefining the urban public sanitation landscape by providing quality sanitation. A 8x120 sq plot is all the space needed to install one. Variants use existing sewage lines, septic tanks or bio-digester technology. The flushed water can be treated. The electronic public toilet has automated its operations from entry to sewage treatment and operates on a sensor-based technology, providing convenient, affordable, hygienically maintained, and eco-friendly sanitation facilities to the common man.

    Already there have been talks between MCC and  Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Kerala-based company which develops these e-toilets, and once the deal is approved the City would be seeing these trendy and high-tech toilets soon. These e-toilets will also control wastage of water, because only required water will be automatically flushed out when the user is done using the toilet. Another safety feature is that the door is fitted with an automatic lock which will allow only one user at a time to enter the toilet. And also, if anyone tries to break the automatic lock, a alarm will go off alerting the concerned authorities. it is learnt that such e-toilets are in use in Maharashtra, Kerala, Bangalore, Delhi and Nagpur.

    But it is nice to note that having battling garbage and having ruthlessly been humiliated in many quarters, the MCC seems to now shift its focus on sanitation. With technology not been able to change the mindset of people towards garbage segregation, there is hope that tech can change the toilet experience for the public.
    It is also learnt that according to Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Kerala-based company which has a patent pending e-toilet solution, the concept incorporates full cycle approach in sustainable sanitation by integrating convergence of electronics, mechanical, web-mobile technologies, thereby controlling entry, usage, cleaning, exit, and remote monitoring capabilities with multiple revenue options.

    The insertion of a coin opens the door of the e-toilet for the user, switches on a light - thus saving energy - and even directs the person with audio commands. The toilets are programmed to flush 1.5 liters of water after 3 minutes of usage or 4.5 liters if usage is longer. It can also be programmed to clean the platform with a complete wash down after every five or ten persons use the toilet.

    These are the functions of e-toilets : Appealing aesthetics; Unmanned operation; Automated access control; Automated cleaning mechanism; Remote diagnosis and remote management; Customer support facility; Online mapping; Waste processing through STP; Portable Design; Durable; Easy to Clean. Key Features are : Innovative design to fit busy Indian towns and cities; State-of-the-art technology to address public sanitation challenges; Modular, sleek and appealing aesthetics; Mild steel/ stainless steel built; Compact and user-Friendly access and interfaces ; and Hygienic and easy to maintain components.

    Until this e-toilet plan by MCC becomes a reality, "When You Got to Go", you will still have to use those stinky and filthy 'Sulabh Sauchalaya' toilets - Is there any other option, please?


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  • Champion powerlifters return to Mangalore

    Mangalore: Vijay Kanchan, a head constable in a city police station, and Akshata Poojarthi (28) from Bola near Karkala returned to the city after winning gold medals in the World Bench Press, Dead Lift, powerlifting championship held in Las Vegas last week.

    Mr. Kanchan and Ms. Poojarthi won two gold medals each in the dead lift and squat events held in their respective weight categories in the championship organised between October 17 and 20. The two have been regularly representing the country in the Asian and international power lifting championships in the last few years.

    The duo returned by a private flight from Mumbai to the Mangalore International Airport on Thursday around 3 p.m. They were received by Mayor Mahabala Marla and V. Sunil Kumar, Karkala MLA.

    Family members of the sportspersons had come to the airport to receive them. Talking to reporters, Ms. Poojarthi, who had won eight medals in the 2011 edition of the event held in London, said it was difficult for her to adjust to the cold climate at the tournament venue.

    Ms. Poojarthi said she faced tough competition from Afghanistan and Korean powerlifters in bench press and dead weight sections. “It was too cold. It has affected my speech,” said Ms. Poojarthi, who is younger of five children of Bhoja Poojary, an agriculturist. “I am happy for what my daughter has achieved overcoming odds,” said an excited Boja Poojary.

    Mr. Kanchan, who has been into powerlifting for over a decade, hoped of better help from the State government for powerlifting. “We see our counterparts from other States receive good financial assistance. We hope the State government provides necessary financial assistance as promised.”

    Mr. Kanchan said it was because of support from Karnataka Powerlifting Association and some industrialists that they could attend the international event. “This is my first international competition,” said Mr. Kachan, who has won gold medals in the Asian Powerlifting Championships held in Philippines, Kazakhstan and Japan. The two are trained at the Veera Maruti Vyayama Shale in Kinnigoli that was run by zilla panchayat member Eshwar Kateel. State Powerlifting Association Honorary Secretary Satish Kumar Kudroli had arranged for flower-decked open jeeps in which the two sportspersons were brought in a procession from the airport.


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  • Mangalore: Congress Leaders Exerting Pressure to Transfer Police Commissioner - Pratap Simha Nayak

    Mangalore: On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Laxmi Puja and Go Puja was performed at the BJP office, Kodialbail here, on October 24.

    Later addressing the mediapersons, the district president of BJP Pratap Simha Nayak said, "The entire nation is in development mode. Expectations of the people are high. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to power, he is focusing on the development of the nation. However, the state is under developed. In the state, police officials are not able to perform their duties sincerely."

    He also put forth three major facts which the people of the district suffer from, the first one being the ration card. "From past one year, people are not getting their ration card and this is affecting the common man. How can the common man survive without the ration card?" he questioned. "The government has promised to give 30 kg rice at Rs 1, but if a person does not have the ration card how will he get ration? People are forced to visit the Taluk office often for ration card, but the staff there always complain about server problem. This shows the negligence of the government in issuing ration cards promptly."

    "The issue about the Kumki land is creating fear among the farmers. Farmers who have been toiling on such land since many years are being issued notices to vacate the land. These farmers have transformed barren land into most productive land; they are struggling to register the land in their name. No measures have been taken in this regard. Government should take measures to register such agricultural land in their name."

    "There are no developmental activities in the state. The state government has announced many projects but has delayed their implemention. Under the Basava Vasathi Yojane, the government has assured to build 500 houses in each Gram Panchayat but has failed to fulfil these assurances."

    Recalling the recent assault on Hindu activist by the Kavoor SI Umesh, he said, "When the organizations protested in front of the Kavoor Police station to suspend the Sub inspector, the Commissioner was not able to act immediately. After continuous protests, the Commissioner suspended the SI. Now, the Congress leaders are pressurising the government to transfer the Commissioner. After the Congress party came to power in the state, cow trafficking, rape, murder, assault on Hindu youth and 'fixing' them in false cases have drastically increased." He also blamed the Congress government for all the untoward incidents taking place in the district. "The guilty, whoever they are, should be punished according to the law, as law is equal for everyone," he added.

    The BJP Mahila Morcha will stage a protest in front of the DC office on October 29, at 11.00 a.m to protest against the assault on IAS officer Rashmi.

    Captain Ganesh Karnik, ZP president, Asha Thimmappa Gowda, Sanjeeva Matandoor, Krishna J Palemar, Yogish Bhat and others were present.


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  • MLA J.R. Lobo lays foundation for Rs 2.31 cr worth road development projects

    Mangalore, Oct 24, 2014:  Mangalore South MLA JR Lobo  laid foundation for developmental works worth  Rs 2.31 crores  in Jeppinamogaru, Kodialbail, Shaktinagar, Attavar, Maroli and Alape and other wards on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.


    MLA JR Lobo


    The projects include  Jeppinamogaru Kallatadame Road development at a cost of Rs 40 kakhs,   Projects worth Rs 76 lakhs at Viveknagar in Kodialbail,  development of Shaktinagar Meginamane Road,Attavar Babugudde Road and  Nattimane road of Maroli  at a cost of Rs 25 lakhs each and   development of Kannagudde road in Alape at a cost of Rs 40 lakhs.

    In his address, Lobo while extending his heartiest Diwali greetings to the people of Mangalore assured that development of many other interior roads of the city would be taken up in the days to come.

    Mahabala Maarla, Mayor of Mangalore, Prakash Salian, K Jubaida,  Shailaja, Keshava Maroli, B Prakash, corporators, Congress leaders Kallige Taranath Shetty, Abdul Azeez, TK Sudhir, Jayakar Samartha and others were present.


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  • Wire terror; High, low tension wires lean over highly populated area

    Karkala: The electricity wires above Belman town have created a situation of terror among the residents as they are on the verge of falling.

    The High tensions as well as the low tension wires are leaning over the entire town and may create an untoward situation anytime if they fall on the people residing or passing under them

    A close observation also shows that these wires are loose and have been joined at five points within a distance of 5 meters.

    An iron mesh is  generally used underneath the wires usually by Mescom, but surprisingly it has  not been implemented in Belman.

    When the first monsoon rains arrived this year, these wires had fallen off. But timely information to Mescom by the bus agents and local traders saved the town from disaster.

    However the Mescom personnel onlyre joined the wires. They did not initiate any protective measures even after they realized the situation.

    Xavier D’Mello, the taluk panchayat member said that he has informed the Mescom and also raised this issue in taluk panchayat meetings.

    It is Karkala-Padubidri road repair will start in Belman very soon and that the Mescom has decided to change the wires and poles during this time, concluded Xavier D’Mello. ...

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  • Udupi: Public felicitation for National-level Vollyball winners on October 25

    Udupi: A public felicitation programme will be organised on October 25 at Veerabhadra Auditorium Santhekatte to honour the students who represented the District in the Karnataka team and have won second place at the national level 'Under 14 Category' Boys Group Volleyball match held at Penugonda, Andhra Pradesh, said Sr Adrian, Headmistress of Mount Rosary English Medium School, Santhekatte, Kallianpur.

    She was addressing mediapersons at a press meet held at the press club on October 23. She said, "Mount Rosary English Medium School will organise a public felicitation programme on October 25 at the Veerabhadra Auditorioum Santhekatte for the students who represented Udupi District in the Karnataka team and have won second place in the national level 'Under 14 Category' Boys Group Volleyball match that was held at Penugonda, Andhra Pradesh from October 8 to 12."
    The Karnataka State Volleyball team lost to Uttar Pradesh by 25-21, 25-20, 25-18. They had entered the finals by defeating Goa, Tamilnadu, Manipur and Uttarkhand.
    12 students were selected from the Karnataka State level Volleyball 14 years boys category match organized by Public Instruction Department. The team had bagged First Place in the State Level and was selected for National level 14 year boys category. The selected five students from the Mount Rosary school are Dashrath, Aaron D'Souza, Anubhav, Glen D'Souza and Manoj. The other team members are Vitesh of Shree Vidyesh Vidyamanya National English Medium School Barkur, Pawan from Hassan, Paduranga, Raju D Gonemannavar, Shivanad Hiremath, Muhammed Rafiq Pinjar of Gadag and Basavraj Jalajannavar. The team members are been trained by physical education trainers, Nagraj and Sunil Poojary.
    Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA Udupi, will inaugurate the programme. Raghupati Bhat, former MLA, will felicitate the students. Fr Philip Neri Aranha will preside over the programme.
    Fr Clement Mascarenhas, Secretary Catholic Education Society, Annamalai IPS, Additional Superintendent of Police Karkal Sub-Division, DDPI Diwakar Shetty, District Physical Education Superintendent Vittal Shetty, Bramhavar BEO Nagesh Shanbouge, TPO Madhukar S, Satish Nayak, Kallianpur Gram Panchayat President; Jerry Vincent Dias, Vice-President Church Pastoral Council; Ravi Acharya, President PTA; Srikanth Samanath, Roshan Shetty, DD Sports and Youth Services, CMC member Chandrakanth Nayak will be the chief guests of the programme.
    A rally has been organized from Ashirvad Junction which will culminate at the Mount Rosary School premises.
    PED’s Nagaraj, Sunil Poojary; Veera Mascarenhas, Vanitha Fernandes and others were present.


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  • Mumbai: Karnire Vishwanath Shetty Elected President of Bunts Sangha

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

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

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

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

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


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  • Woman techie goes missing

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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  • Indian man reunited with family after 40 years in Dubai

    Dubai, Oct 23 (PTI) : An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said.

    Now in his 60s, Abdulla Punathil Usman has been working as a cook in an Arab national's house in Hor Al Anz since early 1970s, the Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

    "He hails from Chakkavad in Thrissur district in Kerala. My brother Khalid and I happen to be from a village close by and met him in Dubai over 20 years ago," the paper quoted Abdul Gafoor, a Dubai-based driver, as saying Tuesday after Abdulla Punathil Usman's family put out a missing persons advertisement in media.

    Usman's family eventually found him in a Dubai hospital, nursing a heavily infected foot.
    Usman could even recollect instances from their early days but he gave no explanation for his long silence. "It's nothing, the years have just gone by," he was quoted as saying.

    An officer from the Indian consulate visited him at the hospital and told him he will be provided with all assistance for return to Kerala, the report said.


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  • Abu Dhabi: Michael D’Silva Elected President of Konkani Cultural Organization

    Abu Dhabi:  Dynamic community leader Michael D’silva has been elected as the new president of Konkani Cultural Organization (KCO) – the premier Konkani organization of Abu Dhabi for the year 2014 – 2015, during its Annual General Meeting held on Thursday October 16, 2014.

    KCO has been growing in popularity year after year and has become a household name in  UAE stepping into 20th year. KCO has initiated several scholarships for needy students through Samanvaya of Mangalore and have donated several lakhs through their charitable work in the past. They are involved in various social, cultural and religious activities in Abu Dhabi.

    Michael D’silva – President. A well know figure in Abu Dhabi, a philanthropist, was elected as the President of KCO Abu Dhabi for the third time. A very humble in nature and a very organized personality.

    Canute Pinto – General Secretary – A down to earth hard working and an superb Master of Ceremony, Canute has been elected as General Secretary for the 2nd time. He has in his treasure, experience of involvement in social activities in the youth movement back in Mangalore. He is also known for his best organizing skills.

    Amita Costa – Treasurer – CA by profession, elected as Treasurer. She is also actively involved in Throw Ball Team.

    The new executive committee for the year 2014 – 2015 has been formed and the members are as follows:

    President                          : Michael D’Silva
    Vice President                   : Richard Castelino
    Gen Secretary                   : Canute Pinto
    Asst. Gen Secretary          : Jaison Correa
    Treasurer                         : Amitha Costa
    Auditor                             : Franky Donald DSilva
    Entertainment Secretary   : Vivek Serrao
    Sports Secretary               : Valerian Fernandes
    PRO & Media Co-ordinator: Lancy D’Souza

    Advisors                          : Leo Rodrigues
                                            Dolphy Vas
                                            Valerian D'Almaida

    Outgoing president Valerian D’Almaida thanked all the office bearers and committee members for their tremendous support during his tenure as president. Newly elected president Michael D’silva also thanked everyone for reposing faith on him and electing him as a president of KCO. He promised that with the support of all the members, KCO will be holding many activities in the coming years.


    Konkani Cultural Organization (KCO), a household name among the Mangalorean Catholic Community in Abu Dhabi, has gained popularity through their various charitable, cultural and religious activities. By bringing together the various sections of Mangalorean people under one umbrella, it has proved by its deeds & actions that it is a premier organization in Abu Dhabi and an equal organization in standing comparable to other sister organizations across the UAE and the gulf.

    KCO by their wonderful work has transformed itself as a mirror reflecting the culture, tradition and upholding the values of our great ancestors and has turned out to be a focal point for the Mangalorean community in Abu Dhabi.

    The Konkani speaking Mangaloreans have created a niche for themselves in Abu Dhabi through their wonderful community work. The Mangaloreans in Abu Dhabi have the honor of organizing the first ever "Mangalorean Day" in the entire UAE way back in the 70's. They too have the privilege of staging the first ever Konkani stage play in the Emirates on May 3rd, 1973.

    KCO Abu Dhabi is gaining in popularity year after year through their various activities aimed at bringing together the community for group programmes and also because of its strong support for the economically backward and less fortunate members of the community in the UAE and back home. ...

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  • Abu Dhabi: Karnataka Sangha to Celebrate Rajyotsava 2014 on Nov 7

    Abu Dhabi: Folk Dances will enthrall the Karnataka Rajyotsava  Celebration 2014 to be held on 7th November at I.S.C.

    Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha - a premier organization of all Kannadigas residing in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. is all set for the grand Karnataka Rajyotsava Celebration 2014 to be held on Friday the 7th November 2014 at the India Social and Cultural Centre Abu Dhabi. During the whole day celebrations, Folk Dances of Karnataka will be the main attractions, said Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti recipient Sarvotham Shetty  speaking to the mediapersons.


    The programme will commence at 10:30 am and will be attended by many VVIPs and Dignitaries namely;  H E TP Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to UAE will be the Chief Guest and Presided by - Dr (Mrs) & Dr. B R Shetty, Patron of UAE Kannadiga's.

    Speaking to the mediapersons Sarvotham Shetty further said that during this year’s celebrations importance will be given to our traditional folk dances and encourage our children to participate in large numbers. A special team of 24 young girl’s troupe from Bangalore will be specially flown to perform on this special day.  These young students will perform 8 varieties of folk dances and a dance drama titled "PUNYAKOTI" by the young students of St Ann’s School, Venkat International School and Venus International School, Bangalore. The entire Folk Dances will be choreographed by Nagalaxmi K Rao.


    Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha has instituted a distinguished  award in the name of ‘Vara Kavi’ D.R.Bendre.  This is a special coveted annual award shall be conferred on the persons who have contributed towards development of Kannnada culture, language, sahitya  and heritage in this part of the world. The award shall be conferred at every Rajyotsava Celebration day of the Sangha.

    The organizing committee announced that this year’s Da Ra Bendre Award will be presented to Prakash Rao Payyar, President of Dhwani Prathistana, UAE – Prakash Rao Payyar is instrumental in developing Kannada language through staging various Kannnada dramas in U.A.E. last several years.  Some of the most difficult dramas of Girish Karnad has been staged in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and also recently "Iti Ninna Amruta" written by Girish Kaikini was also staged successfully in Dubai.

    The organizing committee announced that this year’s Da Ra Bendre Award will be presented to Prakash Rao Payyar, President of Dhwani Prathistana, UAE – Prakash Rao Payyar is instrumental in developing Kannada language through staging various Kannnada dramas in U.A.E. last several years. Some of the most difficult dramas of Girish Karnad has been staged in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and also recently "Iti Ninna Amruta" written by Girish Kaikini was also staged successfully in Dubai.

    Previously, he has been awarded the prestigious Karnataka State Nataka Academy Award for the year 2009-2010. The Karnataka Nataka Academy has conferred this award in recognition of his contributions to Kannada Theatre activities on foreign soil.

    Rao was also honored with "Karnataka Chetana" award from Ranga Samaja Cultural Association, Bangaulore in 2004 and "Jnana Saraswati Award" from Jnana Mandara Academy, Bangalore in 2005. He was honoured with "Nobel Man" award in All India Kannada Cultural Convention held in Goa in May 2007. Rashtra Kavi Dr Shivarudrappa honoured him on the occasion of World Kannada Culture Convention held in Kuwait in the year 2007. 2009 Mayura Award presented to him from Karnataka Sangha Sharjah.

    Another Kannada personality from Karnataka, Mangalore to attend the Karnataka Rajyostava 2014 is bureau-chief senior journalist of Udayavani, Manohar Prasad.. He is a great orator and recipient of coveted "Karki Venkataramana Shastry Soori Award – 2014" initiated by the Mumbai-based Havyaka Welfare Trust ® one among the most reputed social welfare organization. Manohar Prasad is well known in journalism sphere. He has over four-decade experience in journalism in undivided Dakshina Kannada district. He has bagged Karnataka Rajyotsav Award in 2005 and has been felicitated by over 500 social welfare and voluntary organizations so far. The Shastry Award presented to him as memorial to his great contributions to Kannada literature in the late nineteenth century nine years ago.



    The entertainment and cultural shows will captivate the audience throughout day beginning with Group Songs by Abu DhabiKarnataka Sangha Members followed by main attraction of the day i.e.
    Folk Dances by Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha Members and Bangalore based troupe will entertain the audience with their mesmerizing dances. In addition there will be Dance dramas by Rohini Ananth Group & Sapna Kiran Group which promises to mesmerize the audience.


    Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha is also privileged to honour those students who have achieved 90% and above in 10th  & 12th and excelled  during last academic year.  Also those who have excelled in the field of sports (CBSE national level) during the year 2013-2014 including the winners of Shaikh Hamdan Award and Sharjah Award.  The parents of all winners in the above are requested to register their children names for the felicitation during the Karnataka Rajyostava.  Please intimate with Sarvotham Shetty through his email ID:

    Around 2000 Kannadiga's are expected from all over UAE to attend the grand Rajyostava celebrations. All the UAE Kannadiga s are invited to participate in the celebrations.

    Sarvotham Shetty also announced to the media that Koosamma Shambu Shetty Memorial Throw Ball Tournament will be held on 23rd January 2015 which will be a Silver Jubilee of KSSM Tournament. A large number of men and women Throwballteams are expected from India and Gulf countries to participate in this memorable Silver Jubilee tournament along with the local teams.

    Please contact the following organizing committee members for further details on Karnataka Rajyostava Celebrations and lunch coupons:

    Sarvotham Shetty  : 050-6125 464
    Manohar Thonse    : 050-5212 079
    Yogish Prabhu       : 050-6613 735
    Sudhir Shetty         : 050-7916 782
    Ravindra Rai          : 050-6176 149
    Syed Siraj Ahmed  : 050-6221 809
    Pradip Kirodian      : 050-4953 432
    Bennet D'Mello       : 050-6429 616
    Loyolla Pinto          : 050-8189 788
    Umesh Rao             :055-7566 385
    Praveen Rao          : 050-7214 115
    Melwyn Fernandes : 055-4057569
    Vijay Rao               : 055-5528 307
    Altaf M S                : 050-5683 776
    Bhavani Sharma     : 050-8106078


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