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  • Sena’s advise to new BJP Govt: Don’t take people for granted

    Mumbai, Nov 1, 2014 (PTI): Shiv Sena today cautioned new Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis against taking the people for granted and asked him to fulfil the expectations of the common man.

    "The new Government is like a newly-wed woman who initially pleases her mother-in-law. In this case the mother- in-law is the people of Maharashtra. You cannot take people for granted. They have the power to pull your ears when you err," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’ said.

    This is the first lesson the new Government will have to learn, the Sena said amid signs of a rapprochement between the saffron parties, who parted ways on September 25, just weeks before the Assembly polls, which saw BJP emerging as the single largest party in the State.

    It is true that there is no magic wand to fulfil promises made (during polls) but people of Maharashtra are looking at the new Government, the first led by BJP, with a lot of hope, the publication said.

    "Mantralaya (the State Secretariat) was gutted during the Congress-NCP rule but the aspirations of people had turned into ashes much before that. The new Chief Minister should ensure that his work is like the proverbial Phoenix which rose from the ashes," the Sena organ maintained.

    Describing yesterday’s swearing in ceremony of the Fadnavis-led Ministry as grand (it was also attended by corporate bigwigs), the Sena said the poor, and not the rich or money bags, should get the attention of the administration as was the case during Shivaji’s era.

    "Fadnavis has said he will emulate Shivaji Maharaj’s example while ruling the state. He should remember that the real strength of Shivaji’s Hindavi swarajya was not the seth and sahukars but the common poor folk."

    Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray attended the inauguration ceremony at Wankhede Stadium after a call from BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders. The party had earlier announced it would keep off the mega event, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing "constant humiliation" by BJP ahead of Government formation.

    Sena MP Vinayak Raut yesterday said Shah has assured Uddhav of a positive decision on participation of his party in the BJP Government.

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  • Virgin Galactic's spaceship crashes during test flight

    Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) A passenger rocket plane developed by Virgin Galactic's crashed Friday after suffering an "in-flight anomaly" during a powered test flight over the US state of California, the company said.

    "SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming," Xinhua quoted Virgin as saying on Twitter, giving no further details.

    Two pilots were on board when the catastrophic explosion and crash happened. After the anomaly, at least one chute was reportedly sighted over the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the base from which SpaceShipTwo and its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane took off.

    Media reported that one pilot was killed and the other seriously injured.

    The craft, which is still in its test phase and normally carries two pilots, had been carried aloft on a bigger aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo and then released for a test of its rocket engine.

    SpaceShipTwo is designed to carry two pilots and six passengers on suborbital spaceflights. Tickets to ride the spaceship cost $250,000 each.

    The suborbital flight has been under development at Mojave Air and Spaceport in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.

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  • Digvijaya Singh: Rahul should take charge of Congress from Sonia Gandhi

    New Delhi, Nov 01, 2014:  Just as the Congress set the ball rolling on internal elections, party veteran Digvijaya Singh has demanded that Rahul Gandhi should take over the charge from mother and party chief Sonia Gandhi, arguing that it is time for the young leader to assume command and rejuvenate the organisation.

    Digvijaya when contacted said, "Yes,  I have said what I wanted to say. Rahul Gandhi should take charge. It is the feeling of Congressmen that Rahul Gandhi should take charge of the party now. Sonia Gandhi should continue in the role of overall leadership what she has been doing."

    Apart from Singh, senior party leaders including Ahmed Patel, AK Antony, P Chidambaram, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Sheila Dikshit, Veerappa Moily, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Oscar Fernandes and Mukul Wasnik have had discussions with Rahul in the past few weeks and days.

    When asked about why no one outside the family can become the party president, Singh said, "Who has stopped any leader to come forward and contest elections against Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi?

    On the possibility of a rejig in the party’s top leadership, Singh said, "Once he takes charge, he may do that. It is up to him." After taking charge, Rahul should immediately re-assess the socio-economic policy of Congress.

    However, Digvijaya Singh’s statement was not welcomed by all Congress leaders.

    Makhan Lal Fotedar, a senior Congress leader said, "Why should I interfere in this? According to him there is personal benefit hidden behind this. Fotedar said, "He wants to become leader himself. Such people take advantage of the party’s bad time. But what such people say is not correct. Whatever he wants to say he should say on party forum."


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  • Yeddyurappa illegal mining case: Noose tightens

    Bengaluru: The CBI has gently woken up to the fact that it is required to fulfill the Supreme Court’s orders in the illegal mining case against the former chief minister – Yeddyurappa.

    The Supreme Court had directed the premier investigation agency to probe the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption connected to illegal mining against Yeddyurappa, his sons Shikaripura MLA B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar as well as steel major JSW.  The deal between the former chief minister and the steel company was first alleged in the illegal mining report submitted by then Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde in 2011.

    The CBI laid low for two years and it was only on Friday that it presented its arguments  to frame charges against former chief minister and BJP national vice-president B S Yeddyurappa on Friday. While Yeddyurappa's lawyers sought that the case be discharged, the CBI presented incriminating evidence - both oral and documentary - against the Lingayat strongman. The next hearing is scheduled for November 6 and the defense has been asked to file objections.

    According to the probe so far,  Yeddyurappa's family and its trusts have received monetary benefits to the tune of Rs.40 crore for an official favour to mining firms. Yeddyurappa's family is accused of denotifying government land in Bengaluru, buying it for few lakhs and selling the same for a whopping Rs.20 crore to JSW subsidiaries, against a market value of a mere Rs.3 crore. Further, it was found that JSW sister firms had also donated Rs.20 crore to a trust run by Yeddyurappa the family. All these transactions were done to favour JSW, the prosecution maintained.

    The prosecution cited oral statements of witnesses and the documents collected against the accused, as incriminating evidences. They sought framing of charge by the court, since a prima facie case has been made out. ...

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  • IS now teaches 'how to be good wives of 'jihad'

    London: The notorious militant organisation Islamic State (IS) appears to have started influencing women by providing guidelines on how to be the ultimate wives of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq.

    These guidelines are being distributed by the militant group's new media arm The Zora Foundation, the latest IS media group operating across social networks.

    IS regularly release propaganda showing brutal executions and violent atrocities, training regimes for fighters and threats to the West as the US-led coalition air strikes continue.

    But unlike most of IS's propaganda that addresses men and attempts to recruit fighters, this specifically targets women supporting Islamist fighters by circulating advice on how to be 'good wives of jihad', the Independent reported.

    The organisation's slogan is "preparing for the honour of jihad", with videos and tweets explaining the ways in which women can contribute to IS's insurgency. Its social media accounts have already garnered over 2,000 followers after being established just over two weeks ago.

    According to Charlie Winter, a researcher at counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, the organisation is aimed at those preparing to go out and support the group, while also acting as a facility for the women already out there.

    Winter said: "It's kind of a guideline on how to be a good supporter of jihad and have the best role in supporting 'your mujahidin' as a woman.

    "I haven't seen anything like this before. There will probably be forums doing similar things online, but this is the first time I've come across an actual media organisation giving guidance to women on their role."

    Zora's material, written in Arabic, has been shared by IS supporters across social media.

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  • Petrol price cut by Rs 2.41 per litre, diesel by Rs 2.25

    New Delhi, Nov 01, 2014: Petrol price was today cut by Rs 2.41 a litre, the sixth reduction since August, and diesel by Rs 2.25 per litre on back of falling international oil rates.

    The reduction in rates of petrol and diesel, which was deregulated for the first time in more than a decade, will be effective from midnight tonight, Indian Oil Corp, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced.

    The Rs 2.41 a litre price cut in petrol and Rs 2.25 in diesel was after accounting for a 10-15 paise increase in commission paid to petrol pump dealers. The reduction should have been higher by 10-15 paise if the dealer commission had not been increased.

    Petrol will cost Rs 64.25 a litre in Delhi from tomorrow as against Rs 66.65 currently. In Mumbai, the rate will be cut by Rs 2.55 a litre to Rs 71.91.

    Since August, petrol price has been cumulatively cut by Rs 9.36 per litre. Prices vary from state to state because of differential rate of local sales tax or VAT.

    Diesel rates have been cut for the second time this month. The nation’s most consumed fuel will now cost Rs 53.35 per litre in Delhi from tomorrow compared to Rs 55.60 a litre at present.

    In Mumbai, diesel price has been reduced by Rs 2.50 to Rs 61.04.

    The government had on October 18 freed diesel prices from its control, giving freedom to oil marketing companies to adjust rates in line with cost. On that day, rates were cut by Rs 3.37 per litre, the first reduction in price of diesel in over five years. The previous decline dates back to January 2009.

    Simultaneously, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was cut by Rs 18.5 to Rs 865 per 14.2-kg cylinder.

    Since August, this is the fourth reduction in rate of non-subsidised LPG which consumers buy after exhausting their quota of sub-market priced domestic cooking gas.

    Non-subsidised LPG in Delhi was priced at Rs 922.50 in July and rates have in every subsequent month been reduced.

    The only exception being October 23 when prices went up by a marginal Rs 3 per cylinder following government raising the commission paid to LPG dealers/distributors.

    “The price of petrol was last revised downwards with effect from October 15 by Rs 1.21 per litre (including state levies at Delhi) on the back of declining international oil prices,” IOC statement said.

    IOC said the government decided to make diesel prices market-determined for all consumers on October 18.

    “Subsequently, with effect from October 19, based on prevailing level of international prices and Rupee-USD exchange rate, the selling price of diesel in domestic market was reduced by Rs 3.37 per litre (including state levies at Delhi) with corresponding decrease in other states,” it said.

    Since then, the international prices of both petrol and diesel have continued to be on a downtrend. But foreign exchange rate has appreciated slightly. “The combined impact of both these factors warrant the said decrease in retail selling prices of petrol and diesel,” the statement said.

    IOC said it was “closely monitoring” prices in international oil market and Rupee-USD exchange rate and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes.

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  • Nokia shuts down its India plant in Chennai, over 8000 workers lose job

    Chennai: Nokia, once an iconic mobile handset maker, is shutting down its India plant on Saturday at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, a company spokesperson said on Friday.

    "As announced earlier (October 7), we are stopping handset production at our Chennai plant from tomorrow (November 1) in the absence of orders from our new parent firm (Microsoft), which terminated the mobile purchase agreement," a Nokia India official told IANS.
    The plant's shutdown has rendered over 8,000 workers jobless.

    24-year-old Priya has gone from assembling mobile phones to stringing together flowers. A widow, Priya was taking care of her five-year-old son and her ageing parents on her monthly salary of nearly Rs 6000. But after working for nearly three years as a trainee operator at Nokia's mobile phone plant near Chennai, Priya was laid off in April earlier this year. "With my Nokia salary, I fed my family and sent my child to school. I would have been confirmed in three months and my salary would have increased to Rs 10,800. But that job never became permanent," Priya said.

    Similarly, 21-year-old Uma Maheshwari who was once a contract worker at the Nokia factory was fired in January after nearly two years into the job. Though she works part-time as an insurance agent, a steady job - favourable for women - has been hard to come by. "With Nokia, there was always security. Even if you couldn't make it to the bus stand, they will come to your doorstep and pick you up. No other employee can give such security like Nokia," she said.

    The major step was taken after global software major Microsoft, which acquired the Finland-based Nokia's global devices and services business, including assets in India for $7.2 billion April 25, decided to suspend manufacturing handsets from its Chennai plant though it could not take possession of it due to legal battles over a tax notice from the Tamil Nadu government and the Supreme Court in March. The government put a freeze on Nokia's assets due to a tax dispute over an estimated Rs 23,000 crore.

    "We can confirm that constructive discussions with union representatives and the labour commissioner have resulted in an agreement on a financial package for Chennai factory personnel," the spokesperson said in a statement a day after a tripartite meeting here between company officials, union members and the top labour officer.

    At the time of closing down the operations, about 1,100 employees were working in the plant, including 900 on the assembly lines.

    Nokia made a cumulative investment of $300 million (Rs.1,800 crore) in the Chennai factory over the last eight years.

    Touted as Nokia's largest production facility outside Europe, the Chennai plant started rollout out initially low-end mobile handsets from January 2006 after it was unveiled by then prime minister Manmohan Singh in the presence of his Finnish counterpart Matti Vanhanen.

    "The asset freeze by the state tax department has prevented us from transferring the factory to any other mobile handset maker despite having a fully functional electronics manufacturing system," the official said.

    The state government slapped a Rs.2,400 crore notice to Nokia's India subsidiary in March, accusing it of selling the handsets from the Chennai plant in the domestic market than exporting them.

    In another tax case, the apex court directed Nokia India in March to furnish a Rs.3,500-crore guarantee before transferring the plant to Microsoft.

    According to the company's employees union, as Microsoft kept out the Chennai plant from its acquisition deal with Nokia, the facility turned into a contract manufacturing unit and production slumped to four million handsets per month in March from 13 million units at one time in the past when about 8,000 employees were working in three shifts.

    Once a dominant player in the burgeoning mobile phones segment across India, with over 80 percent market share, Nokia lost out to rivals like Samsung, Apple, Sony and Panasonic in the next-generation handsets, popularly known as smart-phones over the last couple of years.
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  • Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as BJP’s first CM in Maharashtra

    Mumbai, October 31, 2014:  Devendra Fadnavis has been sworn in as the BJP’s first Maharashtra chief minister, the state’s 27th. A small group of ministers is now being sworn in at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium, which is filled to capacity.

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    On another stage, Prime Minster Narendra Modi, seated next to BJP veteran LK Advani, leads a star-studded turnout. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrived a little after Mr Fadnavis took oath and is seated on the same stage as Mr Modi, next to the Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan, the outgoing chief minister.

    After the Shiv Sena publicly bemoaned the "humiliation" of its top leaders, BJP president Amit Shah allegedly phoned Mr Thackeray, and sought his attendance at the oath ceremony.

    Mr Thackeray had RSVP-ed the event, after the BJP rejected his party’s demand for its leaders to be included in the small cabinet that took oath today.

    While the Sena’s desire to join the government has been expressed in tones ranging from aggressive to coaxing, the BJP has so far only said that it hopes negotiations will come to fruition. The BJP and the Shiv Sena snapped a 25-year alliance in September; in the election that followed, the BJP lassoed its best-ever result, but not an outright majority. The Sena placed second, but any plans to exploit the BJP’s need for more seats were stultified with Sharad Pawar’s party, the NCP, deftly offering external support to a minority government.

    While being made to wait, the Sena has tried to prove its worth as a partner, using editorials in its mouthpiece to praise the Prime Minister and to wish Mr Fadnavis success in leading Maharashtra. Today’s editorial defends the scale of the event at Wankhede Stadium that stars Mr Fadnavis, has an invitee list of 30,000, and has been designed by a top Bollywood art director.

    "It’s laughable to hear criticism from those who supervised the loot of the state," said the Sena mouthpiece, offering a quick rebuttal to the Congress, which was defeated in the election and has censured the BJP for the pomp and splendor of today’s event.
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  • Black money list: Only 27 out of 627 to be prosecuted, govt to get mere Rs 750 crores

    New Delhi, Oct 30, 2014: Only 27 people out of 627 will be prosecuted for having black money in foreign accounts from next month, as per reports on Thursday.

    Also, 289 people have zero balance in the list of Indians who have accounts in HSBC bank, Geneva, in which tax probe for suspected black money has to be completed by March next year.

    And 13 accounts belongs to the corporates and trusts, plus 315 are taxable.

    Moreover, as per sources 136 account holders will deposit taxes.

    The government will reportedly get a mere Rs 750 crores in taxes.

    Complying with its directions, the Centre yesterday gave to the Supreme Court a list of 627 Indians who have accounts in HSBC bank in Geneva.

    The documents containing correspondence with French authorities, names of the account holders and the status report of the probe conducted so far in black money cases were submitted in separate sealed covers by the Attorney General which the apex court did not open.

    Instead, the Court said the envelopes would be opened by Chairman MB Shah and vice chairman Arijit Pasayat, both former judges of the Supreme Court, who are part of the court-appointed Special Investigation Team, and decide on future course of action.

    Appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that some of the account holders have already admitted to having accounts and having paid taxes.

    Rohatgi said that details of account holders are of 2006 which were supplied by the French government to the Centre in 2011. Most transactions in those accounts took place during 1999 and 2000 and the last date for completion and assessment in all these cases is March 31, 2015.
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  • G T Devegowda's sons named in KHB scam

    Mysuru: The Mysuru Lokayukta police have submitted an inquiry report to the Upa Lokayukta in the Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) compensation payment scam.

    The police report has recommended a detailed investigation into the scam. The report has named JD(S) MLA G T Devegowda’s sons G T Harish, G T Yaduvar and 44 others.

    The KHB had acquired 157 acres of land in three villages namely Gungralchatra, Yelachanahalli and Kallur Naganahalli Kaval in Mysuru district between 2007 and 2010, when G T Devegowda was the KHB chairman.

    Though the housing board had fixed compensation at Rs 30 lakh to 32 lakh per acre, gullible land owners were given only a few lakhs of rupees, while the rest was swindled by the housing board officials and middlemen, the report stated. The report said that the compensation was disbursed through three branches of Corporation Bank and Syndicate Bank in Mysuru.

    “Several accounts were opened in a single day at a single branch of a bank and crores of rupees were shown as withdrawn the same day.

    For all the accounts opened in the bank, the senior branch manager was the introducer. The illiterate villagers were given a few lakhs of rupees, which they thought was the actual compensation,” an official said.

    A few villagers had submitted a complaint to Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi when he had visited Mysuru. Justice Adi had referred the matter to the Mysuru Lokayukta police for inquiry.

    “Besides my direction, the State government had also referred the matter for an inquiry. The report has suggested that a detailed investigation was required in the alleged scam. I have forwarded the report to the Lokayukta ADGP for further action.

    The report has recommended criminal proceedings against the people allegedly involved in the scam,” Justice Adi said.

    The report has also named middlemen M D Manju and Shivashankar. The middlemen allegedly took the signature of the farmers on the consent letters and self-cheques.

    They later withdrew the entire compensation amount and gave only a part of it to the farmers.

    “Though the report has not named G T Devegowda, his role also needs to be probed, since he was the chairman of the KHB. The report has, however, confirmed his sons’ role in the scam,” an official said. ...

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  • Pay Rs 20 for using ATM over 5 times a month from today

    New Delhi: Using ATMs to withdraw money or for other purposes like balance enquiry beyond five times in a month will attract a levy of Rs 20 per transaction from Saturday.

    As per the Reserve Bank's new guidelines that comes into force from Saturday, bank customers in six metros-- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore-- are allowed to withdraw money and/or carry out non-financial transactions like mini-statements at ATMs of banks, where they hold saving/current accounts, free of charge only five times a month.

    Every transaction beyond this threshold will be charged Rs 20 per use.

    Besides, the number of free transactions at ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) of non-home banks has been cut to three times a month from five times.

    "Taking into account the high density of ATMs, bank branches and alternate modes of payment available to customers, the number of mandatory free ATM transactions for savings bank account customers at other banks' ATMs is reduced from the present 5 to 3 transactions per month (inclusive of both financial and non-financial transactions)," RBI had said in a notification issued in August this year.

    The RBI, however, clarified that nothing precludes a bank from offering more than three free transactions at other bank ATMs to its account holders if it so desires.

    The cap in the number of free ATM transactions will not apply on small/no-frills or basic savings bank deposit account holders who will continue to enjoy five free transactions.

    At places other than the six metro centres, the facility of five free transactions for savings bank account customers will remain unchanged upon using other bank ATMs.

    India has a total of 1.6 lakh bank ATMs across the country as of March 2014.

    The new guidelines were issued in pursuance of a representation made to the RBI by Indian Banks' Association on the back of growing cost of ATM deployment and maintenance incurred by banks as well as rising interchange outgo due to free transactions. ...

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  • Madikeri: Woman Remarries in a Month of Widowhood - Husband's Body Exhumed on Suspicion

    Madikeri: N S Ganesh (53) of Niluvagilu in Besur gram panchayat had married Veena of the same village 17 years ago. Their two children - a daughter and a son - are studying in X and VIII standard respectively in Puttur.

    On August 19 earlier this year, Ganesh had died of heart attack. His body had been interred with the help of his brother Virupaksha and family members.

    Veena has been working as an agent in a private finance firm for the last 18 months. During this time, she is said to have got friendly with one Sandeep from Shanivarasante and they were found moving together.

    Exactly a month after the death of her husband, Veena and Sandeep are said to have got married in a temple in Puttur. In view of this development and with a suspicion of foul play in the death, Virupaksha filed a complaint in the Shanivarasante police station. It is thought to be a case of a love triangle.

    On the basis of the complaint, the police registered a case. In the presence of the Somwapet tahsildar and taluk magistrate Venkatesh, the mortal remains of Ganesh were exhumed. Dr Lohit and Dr Shaila of the district hospital in Madikeri conducted a post-mortem examination. Samples have been sent to the forensic laboratory.

    Additional police staff were drafted from Kushalnagar to ensure security and to avert unpleasant developments.

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  • Wild elephant killing: Forest official sons arrested

    Madikeri: Rural police and Forest department officials on Friday evening arrested three persons including two sons of forest officers in connection with the killing of wild elephant and trying to sell its ivories. Achayya Sharanu and Subbayya both residents of Galibeedu village near Madikeri are the arrested persons.

    Police have seized two ivories and the gun used to kill the elephant. The incident took place a week ago in Kadamekallu forest region. The accused had shot the elephant and removed its ivories and later hid it in a field near a residence in Galibeedu.

    As the decayed body of the elephant started emanating foul smell the locals complained to the forest department. After investigating, the forest officials and rural police nabbed three persons. Locals shocked to learn that the two of the accused were children of forest officials and urged strict action against the culprits.

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  • Seer case: Complainants threatened

    Bengaluru: The complainants in the rape case against Sri Ramachandrapura Mutt seer, Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami, which is being probed by the Crime Investigation Department, were allegedly threatened over the phone.

    The complainants in the case got threatening calls from people claiming to be from the 'underworld'.  A person calling himself ‘Kaliyogesh’ called both the complainants from Australia and threatened the victims to drop the case against the seer.

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  • Bengaluru: Former ACP and MLC Abdul Azeem to Quit JD(S) and Join BJP

    Bengaluru: Anything is possible in politics it appears. Abdul Azeem, who was a successful police officer in Bengaluru and was serving as assistant commissioner of police, took voluntary retirement in 2004 and joined politics.

    Opting for Janata Dal (S), he soon became an MLC. Thereafter, he had been criticizing the party with a difference. Now he himself has proved to be a man with a 'difference'.

    He had joined the police service as sub-inspector in 1975 and posted to Chamarajanagar station. In 1991, he was promoted to the grade of inspector. In 2000, he was promoted as assistant commissioner of police and posted to the city crime branch.

    While in service, he had won many awards including the President's gold medal. In 2001, he was adjudged as the 'Supercop' by the Citizen Charter of Bangalore in 2004.


    ?Abdul Azeem (left) with a colleague, after receiving an award

    He has been credited with having solved many industrial disputes and gang-wars, besides handling over 100 cases of suicides and drowning in river Cauvery. In 2001, the then-commissioner H T Sangliana adjudged him 'Sherlock Holmes' of Bengaluru.

    After joining JD(S), he became an MLC and general secretary on the party. After completing his tenure as MLC, he may have thought that there was no future for in JD(S).

    On Friday, he told the mediapersons here that he would soon quit the party to join the BJP. In the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, he contested on the party's ticket from Bengaluru north. After having lost against D V Sadananda Gowda of the BJP, he has been expressing his grouse against the party leadership often.

    He has held a round of talks with the state leaders of the BJP. The core committee is said to have given its nod to his entry.

    On being asked for the reaction to his announcement, a senior leader of the JD(S) said that it was quite sad. The leader said that but for the support Azeem got from the party, he would never have become an MLC, concluding with a cryptic remark, 'He came, he enjoyed, he left'.

    Another party leader said that the taste of power could corrupt some people and make them lose their sense of principles. Wondering as to how Azeem, who had been opposing the BJP's brand of politics all these years, could change his colour and become a BJP admirer.

    In a tone of cynicism, he said that Azeem was wanted by the BJP for the sake of a Muslim face. Once he is admitted and made use of, soon he would be sidelined. Citing the example of Yeddyurappa, he said that the same fate awaited Azeem. "Just wait and see," said he, with a meaningful smile.


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  • Mangaluru: Traffic movement between Kodialbail and Kadri and Hampankatta is likely to worsen as an i

    Bengaluru: The city needs more than just a name change, the city will officially become Bengaluru, the appalling degeneration of what was once the green-filled envy of the rest of the country is getting to a point of no return.

    By 2020, Bangalore will be a full-fledged concrete jungleUnbridled urbanisation has reduced its 68% thick vegetation to a mere 20% now, and 2.60% of water bodies to just 0.9%. And the spiral downwards will reduce it to nothing soon, according to a study by a triumvirate from the Indian Institute of Science.

    'Ecological Insights to Mitigate Urban Flood Risks' by Dr T V Ramachandra, Bharath H Aithal and Uttam Kumar of Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), says that Bangalore, by 2020, will be starved of natural resources and be prone to frequent instances of flood in various parts.

    According to the study, Bengaluru's vegetation in six years will not only come down to a single digit but even the percentage of its water bodies will plummet to as low as 0.7 to 0.5 ushering in an ecological disaster.

    The fast-growing city particularly along the outskirts will witness a steep fall in its vegetation from the existing 23.41% to 13.55% pushing up the mercury levels further.

    Dr Ramachandra told Bangalore Mirror, "The uncontrolled growth will further erode the landscape affecting the natural resources as well as local ecology. The simulated land use pattern for 2020 by our team revealed increase in the built-up area (concrete jungle) from the present 48.66% to 70.64%. As per our observation, the north-east of the city will see intense urbanisation, particularly around arterial roads, national and state highways. The region would be starved of natural resources and prone to frequent instances of flood."

    The scientists have also noticed considerable variations in temperature too. "Bengaluru which clocked 18 degree and 12 degree in peak summer and winter respectively during the '70s is now witnessing 35 degree and 30 degree. Our ward-wise observation of temperature pattern in Bengaluru revealed that areas that have thick vegetation and water bodies (lakes) relatively measured 2 to 3 degree less than the other places," Dr Ramachandra said. The scientists also expressed concern over the fast-depleting levels of water table in areas around Bangalore North where intense urbanisation activities have been observed. "These areas have already been classified as overexploited regions in terms of underground water table," explained one of the researchers.

    Keeping in mind the startling observations, the scientists have called for a sustainable city planning. "The entire exercise will only be fruitful when bureaucracy, policy makers, urban planners and city managers take note of the poor foresight," he added. The report was released on Wednesday by 'green swamiji' Gangadharendra Saraswathi swamiji of Sonda Swarnavalli Mutt as a prelude to the upcoming national symposium 'Lake 2014' scheduled to be held from November 13 to 15 at Sirsi in Uttara Kannada. ...

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  • Court declares seven-day police custody for rapist teacher

    Bengaluru: The 10th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (ACMM) on Friday October 31 sent Jaishankar, the teacher accused of raping a six-year-old schoolgirl, to seven days in police custody.

    The 37-year-old Hindi teacher of Indiranagar Cambridge School had reportedly raped the girl in the boys toilet twice on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the police.

    N Satheesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Division) informed that the accused has confessed to the crime. For the police it was an easier case as the victim was very clear in her statements and described the crime meted out to her, including the crime spot.

    The parents of the victim were also taken to the court by the police to record their statements before the magistrate. In their statement, they reiterated to the court that the first standard student was sexually assaulted by the teacher.

    The victim had complained of abdominal pain and uneasiness while walking. Her mother then took her to a private hospital, where it was confirmed that she was sexually assaulted, they said.

    A formal complaint was registered at Jeevan Bhima Nagar police station on Wednesday evening and the accused was arrested by the police. Jaishankar has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 376 (rape) and sections 5 and 6 under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO). Jaishankar will be in police custody till November 7.

    According to the police, Jaishankar had been working at the school for seven years and the investigating officials are probing his past conduct, to check if there were similar incidents.


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  • 2G money laundering: charges framed against Raja, Kanimozhi

    New Delhi: Major trouble is in store for former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi as a special court on Friday framed charges against them along with 17 others in connection with the 2G scam-related money laundering case. DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal is also amongst the accused against whom charges have been framed under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. All the 19 accused have plead not guilty and have sought trial in the case.

    ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that the accused were involved in the Rs 200-crore money transaction which was not "bonafide" and "genuine" and it was a "bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies" by Raja. The agency had claimed that the series of transactions relating to transfer of Rs 200 crore from DB group company to DMK-run Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd were not "genuine business transaction". The accused, however, had countered the claims of the ED contending there was no evidence to support the allegations levelled by the agency in its charge sheet.

    The counsel appearing for Raja and Kanimozhi had argued that documents filed along with the ED's complaint nowhere show that they were connected with Rs 200-crore transaction from DB group to Kalaignar TV. Similarly, other co-accused, including Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, had argued that there were no evidence to connect them with the alleged crime and its proceeds. According to ED, Kanimozhi and co-accused Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV, were having 20 per cent stake each in the TV channel while Dayalu Ammal was holding the rest 60 per cent stake. All the individual accused in the case are presently out on bail.

    In its charge sheet, ED had claimed that its probe into the case emanates from the 2G spectrum allocation scam and the accused had allegedly conspired and committed offences under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Besides Raja, Kanimozhi and Dayalu Ammal, the other accused in the case are Shahid Usman Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Sharad Kumar, Bollywood producer Karim Morani and P Amirtham.

    ED has also named Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers (P) Ltd, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd as accused in the case.

    ED had alleged that its investigation has revealed that Rs 200 crore was paid to Kalaignar TV by Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd in the "garb of legitimate financial transactions i.e. as loan/share application money". The charge sheet claimed that Rs 200 crore, which was paid in return for illegal favours given to Swan Telecom for grant of UAS licence, was repaid with additional money to show that it was a legal transaction.

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  • Illegally transporting wooden logs seized at Bantwal

    Bantwal: Police seized a lorry laden with wooden logs at Babanakatte in Ananthady village. The driver of the lorry, Narayana Rai has been arrested and was released on bail.

    The lorry was illegally transporting wooden logs. The amount of the seized wooden logs is estimated as Rs. 4 lakhs. The operation led by Bantwal forest officer included assistant forest officer H.V Ramesh, forest guards Dejappa, Navin Kumar, staffs Jayaram and Praveen.

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  • Mangalore set to become Mangaluru

    Mangalore: The Centre on Friday gave its nod for renaming 12 cities and towns of Karnataka, eight years after the State government proposed it.  With this, Bangalore is set to become Bengaluru and Mangalore, Mangaluru  and so on....

    The official clearance came as the Union Home Ministry overruled Maharashtra’s objection to renaming Belgaum, over which the two states are locked in a dispute.The final decision comes days after the Maharashtra Assembly polls.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the changes after the Survey of India, Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Intelligence Bureau gave their “no objection.”

    The Home Ministry has asked the State government to issue required gazette notification spelling the name in Devanagari (Hindi), Roman (English) script and the regional language.The official notification should be sent to the Office of the Surveyor General of India, Karnataka Geo-Spatial Data Centre, Ministry of Communication and IT, and the Railways.

    Names Old and new :  Bangalore Bengaluru; Mangalore Mangaluru;  Bellary Ballari; Bijapur Vijapura/Vijayapura;  Belgaum Belagavi ;  Gulbarga Kalaburagi  Mysore Mysure; Hospet Hosapete;  Shimoga Shivamogga ;  Hubli Hubballi; Tumkur Tumakuru ...

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  • name ‘Medical negligence’ blamed for death of woman after surgery; protest staged

    Mangalore, Nov 01, 2014:  Family members and relatives of a woman who died at a private hospital in the city following a  surgery,  gathered outside the hospital and staged a protest on October 31, Friday evening alleging that the woman had died of medical negligence. The police had to later intervene to cool down the situation after protestors including several from her village tried to barge into the chamber of the medical officer.

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    Saritha from Kadri whose husband’s house was in Vittal had availed treatment at a local doctor on October 23, Thursday evening for head ache.  As per the doctor’s advice she was brought to Mangala Hospital  in  Mangalore on October 24.

    It is learnt, doctors had recommendd a CT scan when a minor problem was noticed. As per doctor’s advice she was operated upon in the hospital on October  25.

    According to her family  members she  was taken to a scanning centre at Bendorewell the next day following which the doctors said she needed another surgery stating she had some problem in  her skull.  They alleged that the negligence of the doctors during the two surgeries had  left Saritha in a coma state eventually leading to her death on October 30, Thursday.

    Saritha’s brother has alleged that the doctors had kept the family members in the dark about her condition.


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  • Rape victim girl dies in the hospital due to low blood pressure

    Udupi: The eighth standard girl who was raped by a gang on October 29 breathed her last on Friday October 31 in Manipal hospital.

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    The girl was studying in Teerthahalli Pre University College. On October 29 a gang which came in a car while the girl was waiting for bus in the bus stand along with her friends called her name. As the girl reached near the car the men in the car pulled the girl inside the car and kidnapped her. In the evening she was found near Tuduki Anandagiri in Teerthahalli at around 4pm. Some fire wood collectors noticed her and they contacted her parents through the mobile number mentioned in her school identity card.

    Later the girl started vomiting and she was admitted to Manipal hospital on Friday. But she breathed her last due low blood pressure. Police have filed a case and searching for the culprits who kidnapped and raped the girl.

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  • Ban and act against roadside shops selling cigarette, says ZP CEO

    Mangalore, Nov 1, 2014  : Speaking after inaugurating a workshop, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Tulasi Maddineni stated that a large number of families are dependent on industries producing tobacco products for their livelihood, it is not a feasible solution to ban the tobacco products. Controlling the consumption is the only way out as the tobacco production will gradually decrease when the demand for it decreases.

    She was addressing a work shop  for various government department employees, on effective implementation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) and capacity building and monitoring, at DK DC offices on October 31, Friday. She pointed out how the revenue generated by selling tobacco products has not been able to meet the government’s expenditure in this regard.   The government spends the revenue generated by imposing tax on tobacco products, on providing treatment to those who have lost their health due to consumption of tobacco products.

    There is a shortage of cancer specialists when compared to the growing number of cancer patients. Studies by education department show that the youngsters start consuming tobacco at an early age.  The vulnerable teenagers become addicted to the habit and they tend to pose an economic burden to their families.

    The CEO also insisted the Mangalore City Corporation officials to ban petty shops from selling cigarettes and tobacco products on the roadside, as it happens to be an easily accessible out let for the consumers. A gazetted officer has the power to impose fine on a person smoking in a public place.

    Later, addressing the participants, District Tuberculosis Officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao said that according studies, tobacco is the world’s leading single cause of death. While the percentage of population die due to tobacco consumption is 5.4 per cent, as against acute respiratory infection (3.9 pc) and AIDS (2.2 pc). In addition, tobacco is the risk factor for six of the eight major causes of death. India now lacks funds for  tobacco control compared to other diseases, he said.  There was a good amount of interest generated.

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  • Mangalore: District Administration Felicitates 30 Achievers on Rajyotsava

    Mangalore: To mark the Kannada Rajyotsava, the district administration held a procession of Kannada Bhuvaneshwari from Jyothi Circle to the Nehru maidan where the Rajyotsava celebrations were held on November 1.

    The Kannada Rajyotsava programme began with Naada geethe. District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai hoisted the national flag and later inspected the colourful parade on the occasion.

    Delivering the Kannada Rajyotsava address, district minister-in-charge Ramanath Rai highlighted various developmental projects implemented for the progress of Dakshina Kannada district.

    Rai further said, "Despite Kannada being the administrative state language, there are many other languages spoken in the state like Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Lambani; even Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu are prevalent in the state. The state is contributing to the development of all the languages".

    Briefing on the projects, Rai said that the government has taken all measures to promote Kannada in the district. "Now it is the duty of every individual to implement 100% Kannada language. The state government will not compromise in providing quality education to the Kannada medium students. Our aim is to build a progressive State and the government has already implemented people friendly projects, especially for welfare and education."

    He also said that to use Kannada in Information Technology, Unicode software will be popularized. "The government will sanction Rs 50 lakhs to build Rastra Kavi Govinda Pai Hall in Manjeshwar, Rs 1 crore for Ratnakar Varni Study Centre at Mangalore University and Rs 5 crores will be sanctioned to develop Koti Chennaya's birth place in Padumalai, Puttur. The DC office will be moved to padil, where land has already been identified."

    Change of name from Mangalore to Mangaluru was announced by releasing the balloons with the placard "Mangaluru" by the District Minister in-charge Ramanath Rai along with other dignitaris. 

    MLA Moideen Bava, MLC Ivan D'Souza, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, President of Dakshina Kannada District, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, a number of dignitaries including  Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, IGP Amrit Paul, Police Commissioner R Hitendra, SP Dr Sharnappa, CEO Zilla Panchayat Tulasi Maddineni, Mayor Mahabala Marla, Deputy Mayor Kavita, ZP President Asha Timmappa Gowda and other officers were also present.

    District Rajyostava awards were presented to 30 achievers by Ramanath Rai on the occasion. More than 400 Students from St Agnes School Bendur, Sacred Heart School Kulshekar, Capitanio School, St Mary's School, Kerala Samajam and various schools presented a cultural programme.

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  • Revenge killing of Ijaz: Police nab two persons

    Mangalore: Police investigation has revealed that Ijja alias Ijaz (28) was murdered to avenge the killing of Sannaputthu alias Putthu Monu. Ijaz was brutally murdered on Friday October 31 in Kannur. The police have succeeded in two accused in Ijja’s murder case.

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    The aides of Sanna Putthu had an eye on Ijaz who was named as the fifth accused in Putthu’s murder. 0They sketched to kill Ijaz who was released on bail and was running around court and police station. They even attacked twice in the past but Ijaz somehow managed to escape.

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    The murderers gathered the details that Ijaz comes to Modeling Hair Dressers’ every Friday for shaving and thereafter go to Mosque. They prepared a sketch to finish Ijaz in the saloon itself. On Friday as usual Ijaz came to the saloon at around 10am and sat on the chair for shaving. A person just came to the saloon to confirm Ijaz is in the saloon and informed it to the murderers. Immediately a five men gang arrived in a car and four of them entered inside the saloon and locked it from inside while the other one stayed at the door.

    Ijaz tried to escape as he learnt that he is going to be killed. But he didn’t get the chance to do so as the four men attacked him with sharp weapons even as the owner of the saloon was stood still with shock and fear. The pieces of flesh of legs and hands spreading all the shop showed the brutality of the attack. Body of Ijaz who pretended to be a don in Kannur was lying in the pool of blood inside the shop.

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    As per local information police have nabbed two persons in connection with Ijaz murder case. The investigation is on.

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  • Mangaluru: Balmatta-Bunts' Hostel Road to be Closed up to Dec 31 for Upgradation

    Mangaluru: Traffic movement between Kodialbail and Kadri and Hampankatta is likely to worsen as an important artery road within the city will close down for repairs for some time.

    The stretch of road between the Bunts' hostel and Dr B R Ambedkar circle near Jyoti cinema will be closed from November 4 to December 31 for upgradation work.

    It may inconvenience a large number of citizens and commuters, but in the long run it is expected to be a boon because this stretch has been getting dilapidated very often. Concreting of the road is being taken up immediately.

    For the traffic arriving from M G Road towards Hampankatta, this is the only approach route as there is no entry for buses from PVS circle towards right.  There is only one-way movement for buses on K S Rao Road towards Bishop's House and Navabharat circle.

    This would mean that all traffic arriving from M G Road will have to be diverted to Kadri and there could be enormous pressure on Kadri, Bendoorwell and Collector's Gate junctions.

    Come January, hopefully, it could be a pleasant experience to pass through this stretch of road.

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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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  • Kuwait: Last Chance to Retain 'Air India Express Flights Kuwait–Mangalore Sector'- MLA J R Lobo

    Kuwait: Presidents and office bearers of various Karnataka State Associations in Kuwait and large number of Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait interacted with visiting Karnataka Legislative Assembly Member J R Lobo and shared their prime concerns including patronizing Air India Express flight services to Kuwait-Mangalore sector in a public meeting held in Kuwait.
    The meeting was arranged by United Associations of Karnataka (UAKK) convened by well known Social activistFayaz Sheikh. The meeting was held on Thursday  October 30 at SIMS Auditorium, Salmiya. J R Lobo was the chief guest.


    MLA J R Lobo and his wife Philomena were honoured with flower bouquet. Ramesh Kidiyoor in his welcome address briefed about UAKK activities. Hasan Yusuf, Chief Coordinator of United associations of Karnataka (UAKK)  gave  details of the UAKK efforts and followups with various  concerned authorities regarding Kuwait-Mangalore sector flights. He thanked AI Express for the restoration of Flight services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector.  He also thanked UAKK leaders, Aviation Ministry of India, Health Minister U T Kader, Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Minister Roshan Baig, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLC Ivan D’Souza,MLA J R Lobo and leaders of KORWA Mangalore.

    Pascal Pinto and Satishchandra Shetty – prominent NRIs and well known social workers  addressed the gathering and thanked AI-Express for the restoration of flight service to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. They requested all CoastalKarnataka NRIs in Kuwait to make use of Air India Express Flights in Kuwait-Mangalore sector.

    Chief Guest J R Lobo,  in his address gave a call to all Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait to patronize AI-Express Flight Services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector and help smooth running of the flights. He cautioned saying that this may be a last chance to retain Air India Express flight services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. He shared his experiences about his recent meetings with State Aviation Minister G M Siddeshwar and Air India Express MD & CEO Rohit Nandan who approved the restoration of AIE express services to this sector.

    In an open question and answer session several prominent audience from Coastal Karnataka and Northern parts of Kerala suggested several points to increase the passenger load to Kuwait – Mangalore sector, and also conveyed their concerns while choosing AIE flights for their travel to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. In reply, J R Lobo assured to the audience and leaders of UAKK member associations that he would be their voice and convey their concerns of  passengers to Aviation Ministry and Air India Express Management regarding flight timings, hike in fare, luggage, hygiene in the aircraft, improvement in catering facilities and the hospitality of AIE staff etc.

    Lobo also assured that he will suggest Karnataka State Government to grant permission to NRI students to appear for CET examination once they complete 12th standard in Kuwait or in other GCCcountries so that the fees structures for NRI students will match with local students.

    Fayaz Sheikh coordinated and convened the public meeting and Stephen Machado delivered the vote of thanks.

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  • UAE: Mystery shrouds dead Sharjah school-girl: Body on high-rise

    UAE (Emirates247): The dead body of a Grade 8 girl student of Indian High School, Sharjah, was found near Mega Mall in Al Qassimia area on Sunday evening.

    The Indian teenager attended school on Sunday and, according to the school principal, she returned to her home in Ajman by school bus.

    “We are sad that the girl student, who has been with the school since KG II, was found dead. The parents called up the school on Sunday at 4pm, complaining that their daughter had not reached home. We tried to locate the girl and checked the camera on the school bus and tried to gather information from other students,” said the principal. He added that it is confirmed that the girl had reached Ajman.

    “When we could not find her, I asked the parents to lodge a police complaint on Sunday night. We learnt on Monday morning that the girl had died. We can’t give more details as a police investigation is under way,” he added.

    The girl’s body was found lying between air conditioners near the balcony of an apartment on the first floor of a high-rise building. Residents of an adjacent building had spotted the girl’s dead body.

    The mystery surrounding the teenager’s disappearance from Ajman to Sharjah is under investigation.

    According to school sources, she reached Ajman before 2 pm on Sunday and went to Mega Mall in Sharjah by taxi.

    According to this source, the girl did not have money to pay the taxi fare and pledged her gold ear ring as taxi fare to the driver.  The girl reportedly told the taxi driver to call her mother in the evening and return the ear ring to collect the taxi fare.

    According to school sources, the girl was seen getting off the school bus in Ajman and was seen in CCTV footages of a shopping mall in Sharjah.

    Sharjah Police is investigating the case and the body has been shifted to the morgue.

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  • Kuwait : A colorful evening successfully organisedat the Tulu Parba 2014

    Kuwait : Tulu Koota Kuwait celebrated the Tulu Parba 2014 on Friday, 17th October 2014, at American International School, MaidanHawally, Kuwait from 3:30 pm onwards.

     

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    The event commenced with lighting of the lamp by the eminent guests for the occasion, H.E.ShriSunil Jain,Ambassador of India to Kuwait,Mr. Sudhir Shetty UAE Exchange COO – Global Operations Abu Dhabi, alongwith Managing Committee. It was followed by the Souvenir Release, which was brought out to commemorate the event.

     

    The President, Mr.Tharendra Shettigar welcomed everyone and briefly mentioned the endeavors of Tulu Koota Kuwait to uphold our heritage, culture and traditional values along with the welfare activities. The Ambassador in his speech expressed his happiness to attend such cultural events and mentioned that it is a medium with whichthe people of Kuwait would know India better. Mr. Sudhir Shetty, in his charismatic speech stressed the importance of our culture and language to become better citizens and said that our children can learn the language only at home. Mr. Sudhir Shetty was felicitated with the traditional shawl, fruits, and memento.

     

    The cultural program commenced with  welcome dance from the children of the Natya Veda Dance School. The stage of Tulu Parba became colorful with the arrival of Mr. Vilas Nayak on the stage. The ace speed painter, the finalist of “India’s Got Talent” on Colors TV brought the stage alive with his paintings of Yakshagana charactercolorful costume which ispopular in Tulunadu,“Mother Teresa” with glitters alone and the Girl’s face upside down. He also painted a patriotic portrait depicting national integrity with four different canvas frames in tandem with  dance drama “SauraginiRashtra” enacted by the Koota children and directed by Cultural Secretary, Mr. Suresh Salian. Semi classical Dance by Anjali school of dance was a visual treat. Another dance drama, “Dashavatar” also directed by Mr. Suresh Salian and with dance choreographed by Mrs.Shantala Sathish mesmerized the audience with  scenes of different incarnations of Vishnu shown on the stage .

     

    In the felicitation ceremony, the founder member of the association, late Mr. John Misquith was posthumously awarded with memento in memory of his outstanding services. Mr. Elias Sanctis, the ex-president of Tulu Koota Kuwait was also honored by the Ambassador withshawl,fruits and memento for his continuous support to the association. The committee members who were honored for their outstanding support and hard work were Mr. Wilson D’Souza, Mrs. GeethaSuvarna and Mr. Sanath Shetty. The Merit cum means Scholarships and Merit certificatesfor academic excellence in X and XII standardswere presented to the deserving children of Koota members. Mementos were presented to all the sponsors in appreciation of their support to TKK activities.

     

    This was followed by the much awaited Tulu Comedy drama “Bangar Babu” written and screenplay given by Arun Chandra BC Road, who was here in Kuwait for the show. He had been awarded as the Best Comedian in “Bale Thelpale” comedy show and was here to participate in the drama. The drama was directed by SatishAcharya. Also present in Kuwait were the prominent Tulu-Konkani drama artist NelluPermanoor and the Music director of the drama, VishwanathNelyadi. The local artists SathishAcharya, ChandrahasShetty, Sanath Shetty, Manoj Bangera, PurandaraManchi, Lional Rayan, Lucy Aranha, Mahesh Poojary, Sanmati Menda, MithunVishwanath, JyothiSudhir, Ashwini Pinto and Rajesh Fernandes rocked the show all through the 3 hours and succeeded inenthralled the audience with brilliant performances.
    General Secretary proposed the vote of thanks with special mention of the sponsors.


    The Event Sponsor was UAE Exchange, while the Mega Sponsor was Khain Properties. The Main Sponsors were Presidency Homes And Infrastructures, NAPESCO and Northern Sky Properties.  The Gold Sponsors were Al-Ahleia Insurance Company S.A.K and BurhanTecnologies, while the Silver Sponsor were Al Mulla Group, Al Rasheed International Shipping Company, Raja Company W.L.L., Ashraf & Co. Ltd., Avanti Palace Restaurant, Alghanim Fencing Industries Co., Oriental Restaurant & Confectionery, Paragon Builders, Sagar Transport, Al Arfaj Engineering Co.Wll., KEMS, White Stors, Al Barakah National Co. and Advanced Technology Company.

     

    The program was elegantly hosted by PuranderManchi, BhavaniMadhav, Reshma Menezes and SachinandaSuvarna. The lighting was done by Anand D’Souza   and the show was concluded by singing the National Anthem.

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  • THE WORLD

    Article by: Deepti Rani''I want my son to be an engineer..... I want my daughter to be a doctor..... '' Am quite sure this is a common expectation from most of the parents . When I passed my SSLC with 92% my parents forced me to take up Science though I was interested in Arts . When I passed my PU board exam with 91% my parents forced me to take up engineering although I aspired to be a lawyer . When I asked my parents "Why science ? Why not arts ?" they said " Society thinks only dull students take up arts ". Wait a second !! What is this society now ? Don't you think even my parents belong to the same society which thinks arts is meant for dull students ? If all parents blindly followed this cheap social mentality we wouldn't get a great teacher - Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan , great singer - Latha Mangeshkar , great advocate - K.S Hegde , great astronaut - Kalpana Chawla and so on.... If Sachin Tendulkar's dad would force him to clear the subject that he once flunked then today the world wouldn't get 'The God of Cricket' . At the end of the day it's not our degree that counts but its the satisfaction that matters. We have one life . And the biggest adventure is to live the life of our DREAMS . Each one of us are born with a talent and nobody can beat us in that . Most of us enjoy the dance performance given by others . But when the same talent lies in our own house nobody supports it because we want to have an engineer or a doctor who can raise the family reputation. We often blame our system and politicians . We expect lot of development and changes in society. But we never take an initiative to bring that change ourselves . India needs young energetic leaders to bring in change . But unfortunately very few parents encourage their children to get into politics . To all the parents who force their children to take up a particular stream here is a piece of advice .Only a poet can write a beautiful poem, only a sculptor can give us a beautiful sculpture . Even a sweeper if he's really passionate about his work then his passion can make him the best sweeper that the world has ever seen. No work is inferior or superior in the eyes of God . Here is a story which I came across in one of the lectures that I attended in my college. There lived a bank manager who had a son who flunked in his PU board exams . Even at the second attempt he couldn't manage to clear the subject .His dad was upset that his son was ineligible to take up engineering. But his son had a high knowledge about the cars and it's functioning . So he started working at the garage. One fine day he came across an advertisement given by FORD car manufacturing company which was asking for a solution regarding a major car design problem . The advertisement mentioned that the person with best solution will be rewarded Rs 32 crores. This guy who was extremely passionate about cars approached the company with the solution .They implemented his design and his idea actually solved the major design problem . Thus he was awarded Rs.32 crores . He was asked to give lectures to Research and Mtech students at NIT's regarding his design . Further he was given a 100 crore overdraft for his next project . His dad who once considered him to be useless was now proud of him . Probably this guy wouldn't have achieved this success if he was forced to take up engineering . I guess this is the best example for great achievement by ordinary person with an extraordinary passion . I hope my article will motivate atleast few parents to support and encourage their children in the field that they are passionate about. Because THE WORLD NEEDS lawyers , singers , sportsmen , astronauts , politicians and many OTHERS TOO. Article by: Deepti Rani
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