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  • 469 children killed in Gaza: UNICEF

    United Nations: A senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here Thursday that a total of 469 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, where the situation is "dire" because of its debilitating effect on the one million Gaza Strip inhabitants under the age of 18. "This situation is very dire in terms of the impact and the toll (it) has on children," Pernille Ironside, chief of Gaza occupied Palestinian territory field office for the UNICEF, was quote as saying by Xinhua at a press conference, days after renewed fighting broke out between Hamas and Israel. "In the last 48 hours, nine more children have been killed," she said. "Unfortunately, this brings our (death toll) to 469 children as of this morning." The latest round of fighting came shortly after a 24-hour ceasefire extension between Israel and the Palestinian militants announced by the Egyptian government earlier this week. The impact from fighting has been vast on a physical level because of casualties, injuries and the damage to the Strip's infrastructure, she said, adding that more importantly, it has had a destabilising emotional and psychological impact on children. Children are feeling like there isn't anywhere safe to go, said the UN official, who is a Canadian-born human rights lawyer and child advocate with a year's experience in Gaza. "Children need to have (a) sense of security." "When I am speaking with kids today, I'm finding that they are withdrawn from normal interactions with their families. They are having nightmares, wetting their bed, and they won't let their parents out of their sight. They are truly in a state of trauma." she said. ...

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  • Police arrest three for illegally transporting cash and gold

    Bangalore :High ground police have arrested three for illegally carrying gold and cash in an auto here on August 21. The arrested were identified as Nataraju, Bala and Ram Kumar from Coimbatore. They have also seized 3kg of gold and 41 lakhs in cash. Police, while checking vehiclesat Anand Rao at night found these three persons behaving suspiciously. They stopped them and checked and their suspicions were proved right. Police are investigating the matter. But it is not found out as to where they were carrying the money and gold. A case has been registered in High grounds police station. ...

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  • “A holier and humbler Church”: Pope’s mission in Asia

    South Korea, Aug 22, 2014: When Pope Francis told journalists on his flight home from South Korea that he expected his papacy to “last a short time, two or three years, and then to the house of the Father” it was certainly unsettling. Some reports say he laughed as he said it, but it can’t be dismissed entirely as a joke: ever since he was elected, at the age of 76, he has pursued his mission with an uncommon urgency. As the Pontiff completed his incredibly successful South Korean visit on Sunday, a Vatican spokesman noted that “Pope Francis has said clearly that Asia is a priority”. A quick glance at the Pope’s schedule confirms this: he will visit Sri Lanka and Philippines in January, meaning he will have visited Asia twice before he has set foot in any western country outside Italy. Why has a pope who is in such a hurry made a continent where only three per cent of the population are Catholic a priority? Perhaps it is because Francis sees Asia as the spiritual battery that will power the Catholic Church in the 21st century. More than half of the Asian faithful live in the Philippines, a country that seems poised to take on a global leadership role, with its remarkable new generation of bishops and outstandingly devout laity.

    South Korea, too, is a Far Eastern Catholic powerhouse and a superb place for Pope Francis to make his pitch to Asia. The number of Catholics there doubled between 1985 and 2005, and one in 10 South Koreans has now adopted the faith. What does Catholicism have to offer Asia? The combination of deep spirituality and social engagement, embodied so well by Francis, seems deeply attractive to many Asians. With an Argentine pope at the helm, the Catholic Church is no longer tarnished by the claim that it is a European import and Trojan horse for avaricious foreign powers. “Christians don’t come as conquerors,” he told Asian bishops in one of the most significant addresses of his visit. But Pope Francis wasn’t willing to sit back and simply applaud the dynamism of the Asian Church. He challenged young Catholics to build “a holier, more missionary and humbler Church”. Without this transformation, he seems to think, the faithful won’t be able to evangelise a continent that regards Christianity with a mixture of puzzlement and suspicion. It is difficult for Catholics to effectively evangelise those Asian countries that have no diplomatic relations with the Holy See. There are seven of them: the first among them, of course, is China, with an estimated eight to 12 million Catholics. It was heartening that the Chinese authorities allowed Francis to become the first pope to fly over the country. (When St John Paul II visited South Korea in 1989 they refused to allow him to enter Chinese airspace.) But the path to reconciliation with China will be long and difficult: Chinese Catholics were reportedly banned from travelling to South Korea for the papal visit. Nevertheless, some 500 made it to the Mass at the World Cup Stadium in Daejeon. But we must hope that the Holy See will one day also enjoy full diplomatic relations with China, as well as with Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam. Pope Francis appears to have created a new opening for the Church in Asia. There is no doubt that he will seek to expand it during the remainder of his pontificate. None of us – not even Francis – can know how long that will be. That is in God’s hands. But we must HOPE that it will be long enough to equip Catholics take the Gospel to the millions of their fellow Asians who have never heard it. ...

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  • Notice to Centre for 'forcing' Uttarakhand Governor to quit

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre on the plea of Uttarakhand Governor challenging the government’s moves to ease him out of office. The apex court also issued notice to home secretary Anil Goswami who had allegedly threatened Governor Aziz Qureshi to resign from the post or face removal by Centre. A bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha granted six weeks time to the Centre and Mr Goswami to file their response on the allegation levelled by the Governor and referred the case to five-judge Constitution bench. Mr Qureshi is the first Governor to move SC against the Centre which has sacked two Governors. Four other Governors by UPA have resigned since the NDA came to power. The SC observed that a Governor holds the post only during the pleasure of the President and someone has to convey the feeling of the President as he is not supposed to call himself. Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid and two former additional solicitor generals, however pleaded that Constitution provision of Article 156 has not been followed and home secretary threatening the Governor is unconstitutional. Mr Qureshi said in his petition that Centre and the home secretary should be asked on whose behest he was threatened. ...

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  • Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

    Jammu: The Pakistan Rangers on Friday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district, police said. The Pakistan Rangers targeted the Border Security Force (BSF) posts on the international border in R.S. Pura sector in Jammu Friday morning, a senior police officer told IANS here. "The BSF has retaliated the firing effectively," the officer said. Villagers in R.S.Pura and Arnia areas have been asked not to move out and switch off their lights during nights to avoid being targeted by the firing. The Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir is guarded by the army while the BSF guards the international border. ...

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  • LoP impasse: Supreme Court steps in, seeks response from Modi govt in 4 weeks

    New Delhi, Aug 22, 2014: The Supreme Court on Friday told the government that it is concerned about the vacant post of Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha. The apex court said that LoP is very important component under the Lokpal law. The Centre has been given four weeks time to reply. Supreme Court The Supreme Court asked the Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi to clarify on two points. They are: 1 How the Government wishes to make Lokpal Act workable. 2 LoP has to somebody. And if there is no LoP, how to move forward in such a situation. The Supreme Court made it clear that if the government fails to resolve LoP issue, the court may give a larger interpretation to the term LoP so that it may include leader of the largest party or leader of the larger group. The Attorney General also informed the Supreme Court that they are in the process of reviewing various provisions of Lokpal Act and the Government is planning to amend it too. ...

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  • Man behind Ice Bucket Challenge dies in diving accident

    New York :Corey Griffin, one of the people behind the Ice Bucket Challenge to support Lou Gehrig's disease research has died in a diving accident. The 27-year-old jumped into the water from a building on a wharf that was a popular diving spot in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, early Saturday morning around 2 am (0600 GMT). The witnesses said Griffin plunged "into the water where he floated to the surface. Griffin then went under water again not resurfacing," the Nantucket Police Department said in a statement. A nearby lifeguard was called to the scene to retrieve Griffin and emergency responders performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Griffin helped popularise the worldwide trend in which people either pledge USD 100 to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research or record themselves getting drenched by frigid water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same. Griffin, who worked in finance, had been on the island to raise USD 100,000 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research. A friend who was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease inspired Griffin to help create the charitable challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a global phenomenon with everyone from pop star Justin Bieber to former US president George W Bush and Microsoft founder Bill Gates drenching themselves in icy water. Its popularity has spread around the globe, particularly to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany. Facebook said that between June 1 and August 17 more than 28 million people mentioned the challenge on the social network, and 2.4 million videos were posted. As of today, the ALS Association said it had collected USD 41.5 million in donations from July 29 to August 21 against USD 2.1 million in the same period last year. Some 30,000 Americans have ALS, which attacks the nervous system and eventually leaves victims paralyzed. ...

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  • Person behind Ice Bucket Challenge drowned in accident

    New York, Aug 22, 2014: The 27-year-old , Corey Griffin, one of the people behind the Ice Bucket Challenge to support Lou Gehrig’s disease research has died in a diving accident. He jumped into the water from a building on a wharf that was a popular diving spot in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA, According to witnesses, Griffin plunged "into the water where he floated to the surface. Griffin then went under water again not resurfacing," the Nantucket Police Department said in a statement. A nearby lifeguard was called to the scene to retrieve Griffin and emergency responders performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Griffin helped popularise the worldwide trend in which people either pledge USD 100 to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research or record themselves getting drenched by frigid water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same. Griffin, who worked in finance, had been on the island to raise USD 100,000 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research. A friend who was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease inspired Griffin to help create the charitable challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a global phenomenon with everyone from pop star Justin Bieber to former US president George W Bush and Microsoft founder Bill Gates drenching themselves in icy water. Its popularity has spread around the globe, particularly to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany and recently India and Asia.. Facebook said that between June 1 and August 17 more than 28 million people mentioned the challenge on the social network, and 2.4 million videos were posted. As of today, the ALS Association said it had collected USD 41.5 million in donations from July 29 to August 21 against USD 2.1 million in the same period last year. Some 30,000 Americans have ALS, which attacks the nervous system and eventually leaves victims paralyzed. ...

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  • Sub Inspector assaults young woman, DC takes action

    Periyapatna: A young woman was allegedly assaulted by a Police Sub-Inspector when she tried to lodge a complaint against the ill-treatment of her neighbors at Periyapatna Police Station, on Thursday August 21. The assaulted woman has been identified as Puja, daughter of Nagaraj a resident of Chikkanayakana Street in Periyapatna. Reportedly Puja and her family were being ill-treated by her neighbours and alleged that a portion of their house too had been encroached upon by the neighbours. She claimed that she was a Schedule Tribe. Allegedly the Police Sub-Inspector Puneeth behaved atrociously with her and even assaulted her injuring her leg. An aggrieved Puja, later narrated her woes to the DC, C Shikha during a phone-in programme which was launched by the DC recently. She assured her that she would examine the matter and take required action. The DC’s action The DC, C. Shikha, instructed the Dy.SP Jayaram to investigate the case and instructed Dr. Uma of the Health Department to arrange for treatment of Puja at K.R. Hospital. The DC also instructed the Assistant Commissioner, DDPI and Police to probe the issue and submit a report soon. Additional DC M.S. Archana, MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah, ZP CEO P.A. Gopal, Tahasildar Naveen Joseph and all officials of the District were also present when Puja narrated her ordeal. ...

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National / State

  • Sexual assault on Hostel girls; Bundh successful

    Bijapur: The parents of hostelites staying in Alamela city in Sindagi taluk of Bijapur have urged the principal to shift thier children to other schools. The hostelites were sexually harassed by the assistant cook.They had complained of his torture. Police have arrested Vijay Kumar the accused finally. The accused was supported and encouraged by Hostel staff Jyothi, against whom a case has been registered. But she is not yet arrested. Alamela city merchants, various associations called for bundh in the area opposing his assault on girls. All the shops were closed and public too supported the bundh call. Students along with ABVP activists also protested against the accused in front of the school. ...

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  • Chennai woman’s blackmail by Mudoor man in Bangalore surfaces

    Kundapur, Aug 22, 2014: Reports have brought into the public domain the case of a Chennai woman who has been blackmailed by a man of Mudoor in this taluk. Subhashini (23), a married lady from Chennai with a 18-month-old baby, works for MphasiS Ltd in Mahadevapura, Bangalore and her husband is employed at Mysore. Cyril Joseph from Mudoor, who also worked for the same company, gradually befriended her and extended help in various circumstances. He also took many pictures of their togetherness. He then started threatening her to send the pictures to her husband and others and uploading them on social networks. He forced her to part with about 25,000 rupees and ornaments over 85,000 rupees. The woman got fed up of his harassment and threatened to go to the police, at this point this person Cyril Joseph disappeared from Bangalore totally it is said. The complaint filed in J P Nagar Bangalore police station in July 2014, the woman stated that the youth had threatened to spoil her life if she failed to divorce her husband. Police Mudoor in Udupi dist, in search of the accused. But the accused was not traceable here. The woman decided to approach Karnataka State Women’s Commission in this regard to get justice further. The accused in the case has been named as Cyril Joseph from Mudoor in the taluk. ...

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  • CM inaugurates New Peenya Bus stand in Bangalore

    Bangalore :The Peenya Satellite new bus stand was established and inaugurated to avoid traffic and crowd in Kempegowda bus station and the city, here on August 21.







    This bus stand has been built on 6 acres of land at a cost of 39.25 crores. After inaugurating CM said that the State govt is taking all the necessary steps to lessen the traffic in the area especially as the metro works were in progress in the area. Transport minister R Ramalinga Reddy said that 1021 buses travelling to Tumkur, Pavagada, Davangere, Mangalore, Kunigal, Hassan, Chikmagalur along with North karnataka will be travelling from this station. In the first phase, 136 express buses of Hubli, in the 2nd phase 151 buses of Bellary Hospet, third phase 150 buses of Shimoga, 4th phase 416 buses of Hassan and in fifth phase Pavagada and Tumkur 168 express buses will run from this station. KSRTC buses will run from this station after 29th of this month, ie. after Ganesha chaturthi. As the festival is celebrated for two days, buses will run from Kempegowda bus stand itself. From September 1, more KSRTC buses will run from Peenya bus station, he said. ...

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  • 22 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal Pradesh

    Shimla, August 21, 2014: At least 22 people were on Thursday killed and another 14 injured when a private bus rolled 400 feet down into a gorge in Rohtrung village in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district, 250 km from Shimla. Fifteen people died on the spot while three others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital, Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner D D Sharma said. The bus carrying about 35 passengers was on its way from Sangla valley to Kalpa when the mishap took place. The injured persons are being brought to IGMC Hospital Shimla and a state helicopter has been sent to Sangla to evacuate the injured. The driver and conductor were among the dead while all 17 injured persons have been rescued and rushed to a local hospital. The bodies of the deceased have been retrieved and would be handed over to the family members after an "on the spot post mortem", Sharma said. Most of the deceased are from surrounding villages of Sangla. In another incident, two persons were buried alive when a huge mound of earth fell on their vehicle near Chulling on Chulling-Tapri diversion road. One body has been recovered while a search is on to recover the other body as the vehicle is completely buried under huge rocks. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has expressed grief over the accident and directed the district administration to provide immediate relief and adequate medical help to the injured persons. ...

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  • We don't need Sonia's advice, says Amit Shah

    Hyderabad: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said the government needs no advice from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and asked her to keep this for her party's remaining state governments. He said Gandhi should advise her party colleagues in the remaining state governments to work for the people and not to fill their coffers. "Otherwise people will uproot you from those states also," he said. Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party workers here, Shah termed the 10-year rule of Congress-led UPA as the "worst-ever" after India's Independence and asked the Congress to do introspection. "I was watching Sonia Gandhi's speech yesterday (Wednesday). She said some people came to power by making false promises. Only 90 days have passed since we came to power. Don't worry. We will fulfill all promises," he said. Shah reminded Gandhi that she promised to check price-rise in 100 days but did nothing for 10 years. He said the BJP would fulfill all its poll promises in a time-bound manner. "We will implement the manifesto before seeking a fresh mandate," he said. The BJP chief said the Narendra Modi government has prepared a five-year roadmap and was sincerely working on it. On his first visit to Telangana after taking over the reins of the party, Shah called upon BJP workers to strengthen the organisation in the newly-created state. He said while the present BJP-led government was formed on the basis of its performance in western, central and northern states, the foundation for the government in 2019 will be laid by southern and eastern states and it will be led by Telangana. The BJP chief said he had lot of hope from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and asked the party cadre in Telangana to make a beginning with victory in the ensuing elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). He asked the BJP workers to reach out to every village and every house Sep 17 (Telangana liberation day) to inform people of the work started by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and being taken forward by Modi. He also told the workers to dedicate themselves to Telangana's development. Stating that Gujarat and Hyderabad have an old relationship, he said it was 'Ironman' Sardar Patel from Gujarat who came to Hyderabad and liberated it. "The country, especially Hyderabad, can't forget Sardar Patel. If there was no Sardar, nearly 650 states would not have become part of the Indian Union. "If somebody else was in his place handling the issue of Hyderabad, it would have taken more time for Hyderabad to become part of India," he said. Claiming that the BJP was the first national party to support the demand for a separate Telangana state, Shah came down heavily on the Congress for the manner in which it bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. "The Congress has a tradition of doing politics on every issue and dividing people and states... because of this, Andhra Pradesh was not bifurcated in the manner in which it should have been done," he said. He welcomed the initiative of the chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to resolve all issues between the states through talks. ...

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  • Curfew relaxed in Golaghat as Assam, Nagaland agree to resolve border crisis

    Guwahati, August 22, 2014: The indefinite curfew imposed in Golaghat was relaxed on Friday morning even as Assam and Nagaland pledged to work out a joint mechanism to resolve the crisis. The curfew, which was relaxed from 6 in the morning after the seven agitating organisations decided to withdraw their indefinite stir in protest against border violence and alleged police inaction, was imposed in the wake of the flare-up on Thursday as the police fired in the air and burst tear gas shells to disperse protesters trying to block NH-39 at Numaligarh. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had also held a meeting with Assam and Nagaland Chief Ministers, where it was decided to work out a joint mechanism to defuse recurring tension along the border between the two states. On the deployment of the neutral CRPF forces along the disputed border, the minister said, "We are looking to reinforce the central forces. We need to deploy more CRPF men there". On Thursday, too, the curfew was relaxed from 5.30pm to 9pm. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang appealed to the protesters to calm down and help the administration in restoring peace and tranquillity in the affected areas. Nine people have been killed so far due to violence on the Assam-Nagaland border. ...

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  • Irom Sharmila detained for continuing with hunger strike against AFSPA

    Imphal, Aug 22, 2014: Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila, who was released from a ’jail hospital’ after 14 years earlier this week, was detained on Friday and forcibly taken away after she continued with her hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The detention this morning followed high drama at her protest site in Imphal last night, when she refused a medical examination even as hundreds of policemen were deployed. The 42-year-old activist was set free by a Manipur court on Wednesday which decriminalised her protest against AFSPA. The court dismissed the attempted suicide charge levelled against her, over which she was in custody for the last more than 14 years. Ever since she was taken into custody, Irom was on a hunger strike and was force fed through a tube. However, after being released this week Irom had asserted that she would not allow herself to be force-fed again. "I will not take any force feed this time. I will not allow any medical set up. I don’t feel hungry. What I feel is an emptiness," the activist was reported as saying. Upon her release, the Manipuri activist had appealed for mass support against AFSPA, which she calls a draconian law. "I think certain parts of Section 309 have been decriminalised which is an achievement. I feel satisfied. I hope my perseverance against AFSPA will not go unnoticed. Whether people will support me or not I will wait for the government to take AFSPA back. Sooner or later, I will succeed. I have full faith in god," Irom had told media. ...

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  • U R Ananthamurthy hospitalised after Kidney failure

    Bangalore :Renowned writer and critic U R Ananthamurthy has been hospitalised after he suffered kidney failure. He was admitted in the hospital after he suffered kidney failure. Hospital sources said that he has been kept in ICU of Manipal hospital and his condition was critical but as of now he is stable. ...

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  • Bihar woman gangraped at farmhouse, police arrest three

    Bangalore, August 22, 2014: Three persons including the son of an office bearer in the Karnataka Milk Federation were arrested by the Ramanagar district police on Wednesday night for the alleged gang rape of a 22-year-old sales woman at a farmhouse near the Tippagondanahalli reservoir on the outskirts of Bangalore. The accused were identified as Arun Kumar Gowda, 24, his friend Kempa, 31, both residents of Magadi taluk outside Bangalore and Mahadeva, 45, of Mandya who was the caretaker of the farm. Arun Kumar Gowda is the son of a KMF official Narasimha Murthy, police said. Gowda and his friend allegedly picked up the 22-year-old victim who hails from Bihar and works as a sales woman in Bangalore City from near her work spot in the Majestic area on Wednesday night at around 9:30 pm while she was reportedly waiting for a bus to go home. The duo who offered to drop her to Vijayanagar allegedly took her to a farmhouse near Tippagondanahalli nearly 40 km away from the city. The duo were holding a party at the farmhouse with some friends. The duo allegedly raped the 22-year-old woman at the party. She also allegedly raped by the caretaker of the farmhouse Mahadeva. The victim managed to run away from the farmhouse and flagged down a cab driver with whose help she reached the local Tavarekere police station and lodged a complaint. The Tavarekere police who received the complaint from the victim at around 5 am on Thursday and registered a case of kidnap and gang rape against the accused persons. The police raided the farmhouse and picked up the three suspects who were there. “We have arrested all three accused persons – ArunKumar Gowda, Kempa and Mahadeva – based on the complaint lodged by the victim. Medical tests have been conducted on the victim and accused persons and further investigations are on,” the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Ramanagar) Lakshmi Ganesh said. The police also seized the car that was used to take the victim from Bangalore to the farmhouse. Police are investigating whether Gowda is involved in other similar cases at the farmhouse which he frequented often despite not owning it. “The farmhouse does not belong to Arun Kumar of any of the other accused persons. We are making efforts to find the owner of the farmhouse who is a resident of Bangalore,” a police officer said. ...

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Regional

  • 'Putani-Batani' fame V J Poorvi K Rao moves on to state channel

    Mangalore :'Putani –Batani' fame Poorvi K Rao, the youngest V J of Costal Karnataka is going to host a programme called “Wonder Kid” on Kasthuri Vahini, a State channel. The programme is scheduled to be telecast every Sunday at 10.30 AM from 24th August, 2014. Poorvi K Rao is anchoring the programme that will showcase talents of Kids (wonder kids) in different fields across the state. She is the first child Anchor from Mangalore to host a full fledged programme on a state channel. She is a daughter of Mr.Kumaraswamy, Senior Manager in Karnataka Bank Ltd & Mrs.Asha Kumaraswamy, Lecturer in St. Agnes TTI. Poorvi is a 4th standard student of Mount Carmel English Medium School, Mary Hill. She is learning Bharatanatyam in “Bharatanjali” Kottara from Mr.Sridhara Holla & Vidhushi Srimathi Pratima S Holla, Western dance in Boys Zone Dance Academy from Mr. Kishore Kumar and Yoga from Yogaratna Gopalakrishna Delampady. This multi talented girl has performed at more than 300 stage shows (dance, singing etc) across the country. She had also performed at an international show at Kuwait on the occasion of 29th Kannada Rajotsava celebration on 8th November, 2013. It may also be recalled that she was the finalist of E TVs Kannada’s dance reality show D-Juniors and won many prizes & awards in dancing. She humbly acknowledges all the support, guidance extended by her parents, teachers, gurus, well wishers and requests to continue the same in future also. ...

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  • Sahyadri Premier League (SPL) tournament kicks off

    Mangalore, Aug 22, 2014: Sahyadri Premier League (SPL), an intercollegiate football tournament— ‘Monsoon Trophy2014’ was inaugurated at the Sahyadri college campus here, on August 21. Inaugurating the event, Olympian and Arjuna awardee Vandana Shanbhag said unlike past, the present students are considering sports as a career option. The country is slowly realising the need for producing worldclass players and has started providing facilities to them, she said.Even the parents are supporting sports now a days. Training facilities available to improve the capacity of an athlete, she said. District Physical Education Teachers’ Association President Dayananda Mada said that because of TV, students have diverted from ancient ‘Rushi’ and ‘Krushi’ culture . However, sports events would help students to nurture themselves and also helps in personality development. SCEM Principal Prof U M Bushi hoped that the tournament will be continued for many years. Consistency should be maintained and tournaments should become case studies for future, he said. 4days, 34 teams Department of Business Administration Director A P Achar said that 34 teams have registered their names for the four-day tournament. The winners will get a cash prize of Rs 15,000 and runners up will get Rs 10,000 with the trophy. The income earned through the tournament will be donated to orphanage schools, he said. SPL Chief Executive Officer Ronson Menezes was present. There is good interest in the tournament. ...

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  • Shakthi, a national Bunt women’s convention on Aug.24

    Mangalore, Aug 22, 2014: Addressing a press conference, under the aegis of Shri Siddivinayaka Prathistana and Ganeshotsava Samithi, Shakthi, a national Bunt women’s convention will be organised at Bunts Hostel premises in Mangalore, on August 24, from 10.30 am, said Convention President Dr Ashajyothi Rai.



    She said that convention will discuss various relevant issues like curtailing atrocities against women, strengthening women community, condemning rape incidents and training self-defence mechanism for women, legal awareness, precautionary measures needed to be taken while using social media and tips to achieve financial self-sufficiency. Resource persons from various parts of the state and country would participate, she said. Apart from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasaragod districts, Bunt women would come from Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Mysore and Davangere. ...

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  • Mangalore : Chief minister Siddaramaiah to inaugurate Mangalore Dasara ?

    Mangalore : Former Union minister and Kudroli Temple chief patron B Janardhan Poojary stated in a press release that Siddaramaiah will formally inaugurated Mangalore Dasara at the temple premises on September 27 at 6.30pm. Under the guidance of Poojary, who was instrumental in renovating the temple, Mangalore Dasara is being held in the city for the past two decades. Chief minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate Mangalore Dasara 2014 at Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Temple on September 27. Most of the temples in the city including Sri Mangaladevi Temple celebrate Navaratri, but the festival at Kudroli Temple has its own significance as it is being celebrated as Mangalore Dasara. Installation of Navadurge and Mahaganapathi idols during the festival attracts large number of devotees and tourists to Kudroli. The Mangalore Dasara procession held every year marks the end of ten-day festival at Kudroli Temple. It may be recalled that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had inaugurated Mangalore Dasara 2012 and in 2013, it was Sri Kshetra Dharmastala dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade who launched the festival. Chief minister Siddaramaiah has agreed to inaugurate Mangalore Dasara 2014. The festival this year will be as vibrant as ever. All preparations are in full swing to make Mangalore Dasara 2014 vibrant," Poojary said. It was the vision of Brahmashree Narayana Guru, great reformer of Shivagiri in Kerala, that all section of the society should have entry into temples and should be allowed to participate in all temple rituals. Narayana Guru himself had consecrated the Shivalinga at Kudroli temple in 1912 at a time when backward communities and dalits were denied entry into temples. Later, the temple was renovated and inaugurated by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on February 8, 1991. ...

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  • Leopard that was disturbing peace rescued after fall into well

    Udupi, Aug 22, 2014: One Balakrishna Poojary and his family members of Irmadi had heard a huge sound on Aug 20 at 11 pm. Thinking that a tree must have fallen nearby, the family members did not bother to venture out of the house. However, when the members went to draw water from the well next morning, they saw the leopard trapped in the well. After two hours of rescue operation by the Forest Department officials, the young feline was hauled out. The forest department officials rescued a leopard. The rescued leopard was later released into Kudremukh National Park. Initially the officials had planned to allow the leopard to climb a ladder. The residents opposed it, a cage was brought from Aroor and was released into the well using a rope. After the leopard entered the cage, it was pulled out. An altercation that broke out between forest department officials and villagers on the techniques to be used for rescuing the leopard resulted in confusion for some time. The villagers said that leopard was spotted in the region for the last few days. In spite of bringing the issue to the notice of the officials, no measures were taken to catch the leopard. Wild animals menace is on the rise in recent years. Deers and bison have been engaged in damaging crops. The cows, and dogs go missing in the region. However, the officials cite the reason of lack of expert to tranquilize the leopard for catching it, said the villagers.“Schoolchildren are scared to go alone owing to the wild animals menace,” said the villagers. ...

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  • Modi Govt's U turn on Tiger Project, Malekudiya families on streets

    Karkala :Manjunath Poojary, member of Hebri district panchayath, lambasted the Modi govt for their U turn on theTiger project at a press conference recently. “Those who came to power in the name of people, have made us homeless. The BJP government under Narendra Modi has approved the Tiger conservation project and more than 1400 families belonging to Malekudiya community located in 32 villages are now in the streets. Despite this, Karkala MLA Sunil Kumar and MP Shobha Karandlaje are not opening thier mouth”, he complained. “During the run up to the Vidhan Sabha election, Malekudiya and the voters of that region were fooled by the BJP people. BJP teams were sent to their houses and they fooled the families saying that UPA Govt will approve the Tiger project. So the BJP got votes by false statements about UPA. But now the BJP govt. at the center and the Union environment minister Prakash Javdekar have officially approved the project. But here MLA Sunil Kumar is creating drama by saying that he will protest and will not allow them to implement the project”, he alleged. Poojary alleged that “Yediyurappa led BJP govt. had written to the UPA govt. regarding Tiger conservation project in Kudremukha Rakshitaranya area as per the directions of SC, but MLA Gopala Bhandary and Jayaprakash Hegde opposed the project then and the project was stalled. However when union minister Prakash Javdekar approved the Tiger conservation project, Shobha Karandlaje, who had come to power through the votes of those affected by tiger project did not oppose it. This govt. which came to power by saying Acche din aanewale hai, have fooled the people.” “Though the Modi govt. has cleared the Tiger conservation project, MLA Sunil Kumar is simply accusing state govt. He is opposing the project only in front of the media and this is nothing but mere drama”, he alleged. “When BJP declared Modi as thier PM candidate, they had put picture of roaring tiger along with Modi and local BJP leaders in the cutouts. But it is now we have understood its real meaning”, he criticised. ...

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  • Two teachers make DK and Udupi districts proud with National best teacher awards

    Mangalore/Udupi, Aug 22, 2014: Reports have come in that 2 teachers Ramesh Nayak and Lakshmikanth Bhat-from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district have won National -level Best Teacher Award. The award will be presented at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on September 5. Speaking to mediapersons, Ramesh Nayak, Headmaster of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School at Keddalike in Bantwal taluk said “Iam happy to have won the award. My school shares the national recognition through this award. The award has also given a recognition to the school, taluk and the district.” Nayak had started his teaching career in 1980 at Permayi in Kadaba. Later, he served at Rayi school for 21 years. He has also served at the CRP for three years. He has been serving at Keddalike school for the last five years. In the last five years, the school had won best school award at the district-level, best SDMC award and award for cleanliness. The school has also been selected as the best school for Akshara Dasoha. Nayak with the support of other teachers in the school has developed a kitchen garden which supplies needed vegetables to the mid-day meals. This year, ridge gourd, cucumber, brinjal, spinach, okra, ivy gourd, papaya (Tiwan variety), drum sticks and long yard beans have been grown in the school. The children in the school have been encouraged to grow fruit bearing saplings. Various Students’ associations started under his guidance have been adding to the robust learning process in the school. From Udupi dist; Lakshmikanth Bhat, from Government Modern Higher Primary School, Nanadalike in Karkala is happy over the recognition. He is delightful that he could bring laurels to school where he has been working for the last 20 years. He said the award is the most prestigious one that he is recognised with, all through his teaching career. He has spent all his professional life in rural areas. He said he struggled hard to introduce English language right from the class 1 in Nandalike government school. The decision to introduce English was taken to face the challenges posed by the English medium schools in and around Nandalike. English language was taught in the school since 1999. “I also raised funds from the donors to improve infrastructure facilities in the school. The school has been giving importance to quality education. EDUSAT has been introduced in the school. He had started his career at Gonala in Bijapur in 1981. Later, he has served at Koranje school in Karkala. In the last 20 years, he has worked for the integrated development of the school. The school has won district-level best school award, Best SDMC award and Best Meena team award. Because of his efforts, his school has been getting first prize and best school award in the annual evaluation conducted by the education department for the last five years. ...

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  • Missing youth commits suicide in Mumbai

    BC Road: A teenager who was missing since past few days was found dead in Mumbai here on August 21. He is identified as Pradeep(19) son of Virupaksha, a resident of Ajjibettu in BC Road. He was selling Helmets and sun glasses on BC Road NH road. Originally from Hassan, he was living with his mother in a rented house at Ajjibettu. Upset at his his mother not buying him a bike, he went missing. A missing complaint was filed in city police station on August 19. Now after recieving the information regarding his suicide, his parents have gone to claim the body, police sources said. ...

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  • 3 arrested for molesting and robbing woman

    Mumbai: A 24-year-old woman accused four men of bundling her into a car, sexually assaulting her and robbing her between Bandra (E) and Dahisar on Tuesday. Three of the accused were arrested on Thursday. Two of the accused posed as policemen at the time of the crime, said police officers. The arrested men were identified as Shivdani Gupta, Pratik Khandariya and Raunak Poladia. "Gupta and Poladia are journalists," an officer said. "One more person is wanted in the case." Around 11.30 pm on Tuesday, the complainant was asked to come to Bandra (E) by Khandariya. "A Bolero, with the four accused inside, halted near her and two of the accused introduced themselves as cops," the officer said. "The quartet forced her to get into the vehicle, threatening to book her for soliciting if she did not comply. They were aged between 20 and 30 years." The accused drove her to Dahisar and kept threatening to stop at a police station and hand her over. The complainant stated that she was sexually assaulted inside the vehicle by the accused. After turning the vehicle around from Dahisar, the group halted at Kandivli (E). The four men told the complainant to empty her handbag of valuables if she did not wish to be booked in an immoral trafficking case. The complainant was scared and handed over the Rs 10,000 that she had on her. "The accused took away two ATM cards that the complainant had," senior inspector Ashok Kadam of the Kherwadi police station said. "They drove her down to two ATMs in Malad (W), around 2.30 am, forcing her to withdraw Rs 20,000 from a machine and Rs 5,000 from another." The accused also took away the complainant's voter identity card and passport-sized photographs before abandoning her and fleeing. The complainant went home and confided in a friend. On Wednesday night, she approached the Samta Nagar police station and registered a complaint. The case was transferred to the Kherwadi police station on Thursday as the chain of events began in its jurisdiction. ...

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  • Mumbai : Bunts Sangha Mumbai Mahila Vibhag organized Haldi Kumkum

    Mumbai : The Mahila Vibhag of Bunts Sangha Mumbai organized their annual Haldi Kumkum Program on Tuesday, August 19th at Radhabai T. Bhandary Auditorium, Buntara Bhavan, Kurla East, Mumbai.











    President of the Sangha CA Shankar B. Shetty inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. Shakuntala S Shetty, Director of Reliable Group who was present as Guest of Honor spoke about the importance of Haldi Kumkum for women. One of the guests of honor Chairperson of Shri Krishna Vittala Prathisthana Sunanda Upadhyaya said youths should take part in such programmes which gives knowledges of the culture. Mahila Vibhag Chairperson Lata P. Shetty welcomed the guests and the gathering. Vice Chairperson Lata J. Shetty, Secretary Chitra R. Shetty, Treasurer Asha V. Rai, Vinoda R. K Chowta, Kalpana K. Shetty present on dais. ...

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  • Young boy’s 8-kg hands baffles doctors

    Mumbai: Eight-year-old Kaleem suffers from a mysterious condition which has left doctors shocked. Kaleem is born with hands twice the size of an average baby, according to the Daily Mail. They measure 13 inches from the base of palm to end of middle finger. With such abnormal hands, Kaleem is unable to do simple daily tasks and does not attend school. “I find it difficult to put on my clothes, button my shirt and pull up my pants,” he said. He cannot attend school as teachers say that the other students would get scared looking at his ‘giant hands’. “I do not go to school because the teacher says other kids are scared of my hands. Many of them used to bully me for my deformity. They would say ‘let's beat up the kid with the large hands’. Some of them have actually beaten me and would go after me often”, he added. The couple have approached local doctors but in vain. However, according to the report, Dr Krishan Chugh, head of paediatrics at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon believes that Kaleem may be suffering from either lymphangioma or hamartoma - which are both treatable. “This condition looks very rare and I have come across something like this before. Without proper examination and medical tests I am not 100 per cent sure about what this is,” he said. ...

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  • Money exchange announces winners of Money Majlis promotion

    Dubai, Aug 22, 2014: UAE Exchange concluded its promotion Money Majlis, one of its oldest and sought after promotions by giving off prizes to 178 lucky customers who made a transaction this summer. The lucky winners took away plush Hyundai Sonata cars and cash prizes. 175 winners were bestowed with cash vouchers worth Dhs1,000 each and three winners got to drive away Hyundai Sonata cars. The 2014 version of Money Majlis was powered by banking partners like Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, ICICI Bank and Vijaya Bank. Varghese Mathew, Country Head, UAE Exchange, UAE, said during the event, “There is always a surprise element for customers when associated with UAE Exchange. Be it through offers, discounts and exciting prizes, we always come up with renewed ideas to add value to our customers. We take this opportunity to congratulate our winners and thank all the customers for their enduring trust and support.” Customers have always encouraged initiatives from UAE Exchange. Money Majlis, one of its oldest promotions, is one such initiative, which has offered millions in cash, gold, villas, cars and more, as prizes that could bring the expatriate’s long-standing dreams to life. The mega prize winners for this year’s promotion are Rafiuddin Aas Mohammad, Rosha N Mukhiya and Chhote Lal Pasmabn. UAE Exchange, as a vibrant and customer-intensive brand, addresses financial requirements of the customers, like money transfers, currency exchange at competitive rates, payroll and bill payment solutions, all at a single counter. It is thus deeply embedded in the everyday life of over 6.5 million customers, worldwide. To reach out to them, UAE Exchange has built the largest global network among remittance brands, with over 700 direct offices in 32 countries. Its network of 150 correspondent banks adds to the might. In the UAE it has 135 branches, of which 16 are in Dubai Metro network. Its penchant for quality has won the global money transferrer various awards along with the trust of customers, whose experience it continuously enriches. The function was attended by representatives from the Department of Economic Development, Dubai, delegates from banking partners, senior officials of UAE Exchange, winners of the promotion and special invitees. ...

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  • A 7 year old Creates Awareness on Breast Cancer

    Dubai :'Protect Your Mom', a Breast Cancer Awareness programme was conducted on 12th August , 2014 at Infant Mary's Higher Primary School, Parampalli, India by Brent Adrial D’Souza, a 7 ½ year old child of Grade 3 of ' The Kindergarten Starters', Dubai. As part of the programme, Brent delivered a speech to the children from Grade 1 to 7. In his speech he highlighted how to protect our moms against breast cancer. Currently, Breast Cancer is one of the dangerous disease among the women which causes not only death but a loss of a mother to the children. It is a kind of tumor that develops in the person's breast .The statistical data shows that it kills around 400,000 women around the world every year. 'Protect Your Mom' a breast cancer awareness campaign was founded by an eminent Indian lady, Premi Mathew based in Dubai a few years ago. Now this campaign is moving to many countries. It brings awareness among children to do something for their dear moms. If a self examination of 5 minutes is done monthly by our moms they can help find lumps. If a lump is detected early , an early treatment can be done and can live healthy lives for long. So, what can children of do about this? Brent, in his speech to the children said, 1) Ask your mom a simple question ' Mom, do you know what is PYM? If she shows a surprise, explain her that a monthly self examination of just 5 minutes is all that it takes to detect early lumps. 2) Help your mom in her daily housework. This will give her some free time to take care of her health. 3) Knock the doors of your neighbours and ask ' Do you know what is PYM? 4) On ' Mother's Day' send your mom and neighborhood a card with beat wishes from PYM Breast Cancer Awareness. 5)Make sure she vists her doctor for an yearly check-up. In connection to this there was a procession by the children led by Brent to bring awareness among them. The programme was concluded with slogans. Finally, Brent thanked Sr Irene Rodrigues , the headmistress of the school for giving him an opportunity to carry out the event. Brent was honored with a bouquet of flowers from the headmistress as mark of appreciation for his efforts. ...

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  • Sharjah : UAE man killed in Sharjah car crash

    Sharjah : An 18-year-old man was killed when his vehicle collided with another vehicle and flipped over on Al Dhaid-Al Wishah Road in Sharjah on Sunday evening. The Emirati victim sustained serious injuries in the crash, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saeed Bin Hareb,acting director of the Traffic Police Department at Sharjah Police central region, said. The operations room was informed about the incident at around 5pm. Police patrols and an ambulance rushed to the spot where they found the driver in critical condition. Preliminary investigations showed that the victim lost control over his vehicle, which hit another vehicle, veered off the road and overturned several times. The body of the deceased was transferred to Al Dhaid Hospital. Lieutenant Colonel Bin Hareb urged motorists to pay attention while driving and abide by speed limits on the road. The accident is the second of its kind in a week and it took place on the same road. ...

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