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  • Ban MTV Splitsvilla: Goa Hindu group

    Panaji: A Goa-based Hindu group has now demanded a ban on the popular reality show MTV Splitsvilla, accusing the showmakers of eroding culture and promotiing "short skirts, strapy dress and bikinis". In a statement issued here Monday, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) said that the show "erodes culture and morality of the Indian youth" and even demanded censorship for TV shows. Taking objection to a Goan model Scarlett Rose's comments on the concept of freedom on the show, HJS spokesperson Ramesh Shinde said: "Her concept of freedom is to be allowed to wear short skirts, strapy dress and bikinis. This mindset is western and has no place in our Indian culture and society". "This is a social and a national issue which needs to be taken seriously and tackled. Our country is plagued with the problems of rape and sexual harassment of women and such programmes add fuel to fire," the statement further says. The HJS had last month launched protests against the movie 'Singham Returns', forcing the promoters of the film to delete certain scenes from the movie which allegedly denigrated Hindu deities. Popular with the young, MTV Splitsvilla is in its seventh season this year. ...

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  • Neighbour kills 4 year old for Urinating in front of house

    Hyderabad : A four-year-old boy was killed by his neighbour at Alur in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The accused killed the boy hitting him on the temple, in a fit of anger, with his hand as the boy was urinating in front of the accused house. Kurnool district police has booked a case under section 304 of Indian Penal Code Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. According to Alur police the deceased was identified M Vinod, son of Gangadhar, and resident of Pedda Hothur of Alur Mandal in Kurnool district. The investigating officials said that the incident took place at 6:00 am. “The accused Chinna Tippanna found the boy urinating in front of his house. Angered by this he hit him hard on the temple. The boy fell unconscious. When he was shifted to hospital he was declared brought dead. The accused is absconding. We are on look out for him,” he said. ...

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  • PM Narendra Modi’s Flute Performance and Lord Krishna Lesson

    Tokyo, Sep 01, 2014: At a visit to a Japanese kindergarten this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described himself as "the oldest student" in class, and told a group of seven and eight year olds in a music lesson about Lord Krishna. "In India’s mythology, there is Lord Krishna. He used to play a flute and that used to attract cows to him," he said. He then played the flute for the children. The PM is on a five-day trip to Japan where he is holding a summit today with his counterpart Shinzo Abe, who had organized a special tea ceremony before the talks formally began. The elementary school that he visited today is 136 years old and was rebuilt after collapsing during a major earthquake. "We are trying to teach Japanese language in our schools. We need teachers for that. I invite you all to come to India and teach," Mr Modi said at the school. ...

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  • Indian-Americans pay a price for running convenience stores

    Washington :Back in 2006, Joe Biden, then a Senate candidate ran into trouble for a remark that "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent." Gaffe-prone Biden got away by explaining that it wasn't a racial slur but "was meant as a compliment" for the "vibrant Indian-American community" making "a significant contribution to the national economy as well." A spin or not, Biden who went on become vice president in 2008, was speaking a home truth as according to the Asian-American Convenience Store Owners Association its 50,000 members own over 80,000 convenience stores. That's more than half the US convenience store count of 151,282 as of Dec 31, 2013. These small retail businesses provide the public a convenient location to buy daily necessities (predominantly food and gasoline) and services. There is one convenience store for an average of every 2,100 residents all over the US with non-fuel sales of $205 billion, according to National Association of Convenience Stores. Then there are what have come to be known as Potels or motels owned by Patels from India's Gujarat state in practically every single small town of America. The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) is currently headed by Pratik Patel. It claims its 12,500 members, largely Indian-American, own more than 20,000 properties making up more than 40 percent of all hotels in the US. They employ nearly 600,000 workers, accounting for over $9.4 billion in payroll annually. But this very ubiquitous presence of Indian-owned convenience store often makes them the target of attacks as it happened in Ferguson, a small pre-dominantly black town in Missouri which erupted into violent protests after a White policeman shot dead an unarmed black teenager on Aug 9. Police released a controversial hazy surveillance video implying that the slain teen Michael Brown had robbed a Patel-run convenience store in the days or hours before the incident, but later acknowledged that the alleged robbery had nothing to do with the shooting incident. The Ferguson Market, where Brown allegedly grabbed a handful of cigars before his deadly encounter with police, looters twice targeted the store owned by a Patel family along with several other Asian-American owned stores, according to the Daily Beast. At least eight stores were looted in nearby Dellwood too with Pakistani American Mumtaz Lalani's Dellwood Market among those ransacked and almost burnt down by dozens of looters, according to South Asian Times. Jay Kanzler, the Patels' lawyer, told the Beast he believed that law enforcement authorities allowed the looting of Ferguson Market in part because it is a minority-owned small business. However, local Asian-American business owners cited by the Beast said they don't think looters targeted them because of their race. Robberies appear to be an occupational hazard for those running a convenience store. According to the non-profit research think tank Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP Center), convenience store robberies account for approximately 6 percent of all robberies known to the police. Convenience store employees suffer from high rates of workplace homicide, second only to taxicab drivers, it says citing FBI data. Victims include Indian students taking up overnight jobs at gas stations to pay for their studies. Just a couple of days before Brown was killed, Rajinder Kumar, 49, an Indian-American convenience store clerk at an Exxon gas station in Hanover, Maryland, was shot in cold blood by a masked man. Meanwhile, as hundreds rallied Saturday in Ferguson for slain Michael Brown with a pledge to continue national discourse about police tactics and race many of the businesses' windows remain boarded up, though most have reopened, according to local media reports. But while "Ferguson has held in relief issues related to systemic racism in America... the plight of Asian American store owners is left out of the conversations between the white and black America," as the ethnic South Asia Times put it. ...

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  • Pakistan protesters break into PTV office

    Islamabad: Protesters Monday took over the Pakistan Television (PTV) network office here, as a result of which transmission has disrupted in Islamabad. The protesters, who seemed to have faced no security obstacles, also barged into PTV's control room, Dawn online reported. However, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan said PTI protesters had not broken into the PTV building, and added that if PTI protesters were discovered inside, they would be kicked out from the party. "I appeal to the protesters to refrain from any harmful activity within the area and also refrain from acts that would defame the party," Imran Khan said. Army troops have reached the PTV office and are beginning to secure the building. Earlier, Imran Khan congratulated the protesters for holding protests for the past 17 days and directed them to remain peaceful to avoid any violent clashes. Imran Khan also asked Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri to direct his protesters to remain peaceful and non-violent. Protesters in Islamabad moved beyond the Secretariat area and headed towards the Prime Minister's House. At least five people were injured as police fired tear-gas, rubber bullets and resorted to baton-charge to prevent the protesters from moving any further. According to officials, a protester facing police resistance set ablaze a container placed on way to the Prime Minister's House. After being hit with shells and rubber bullets, the protesters also pelted the police with stones. Announcements from loudspeakers also warned the police against using force against demonstrators. The protests led by PTI chief Imran Khan and Qadri began Aug 15 in an attempt to topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is accused of rigging the 2013 general elections. The protests turned violent late Saturday and Sunday and as a result, at least eight people were reportedly killed with over 450 protesters injured. ...

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  • At a 136-Year-Old School in Tokyo, PM Narendra Modi the ’Oldest Student’

    Tokyo, Sep 01, 2014: At a 136-year-old school in Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Japanese school children, was given a presentation on that country’s education system and emerged from the session to say, "I feel enlightened now." Mr Modi, who will hold talks later today with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he came to the Taimei Elementary School as its "oldest student," to "understand how modernisation, moral education and discipline has been blended into Japan’s education system." He entered a classroom where little children sang for him. They bowed as he was leaving and Mr Modi bowed back. Related At the school, Mr Modi invited Japanese teachers, even retired ones, to India to teach their language and proposed online courses as part of his pitch for enhanced cooperation in languages and social values among Asian countries, noting that the whole world recognises that the 21st century would belong to Asia. He made queries, including how the syllabus was constructed here, whether tests are the only criteria for promotion, whether punishment is awarded to students and how moral education is imparted to them. The Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation by Deputy Minister for Education, Maekawa Kehai about how Japan’s education system, particularly the one run by the government, works. The Taimei Elementary school was destroyed by an earthquake and was later reconstructed. "I know what it is when schools are destroyed due to quakes. I recall what happened in Anjar on 26th January, 2001," said Mr Modi, recalling the deadly earthquake that year in Gujarat, of which he was chief minister for 13 years before taking over as Prime Minister. ...

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  • No talks with Pakistan unless they stop terror: Rajnath

    New Delhi: No dialogue is possible unless "Pakistan stops terrorism and violence", said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. He denied media reports that he will be meeting his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of SAARC in Kathmandu. "News reports published today (Monday) that Rajnath Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of SAARC conference are incorrect and fabricated," a statement from the ministry said. Rajnath Singh will visit Nepal Sep 18-19 to take part in the sixth meeting of SAARC of home ministers. "The home minister is of the firm opinion that terror and talks cannot go together. Unless Pakistan stops terrorism and violence, no dialogue is possible," the statement added. Media reports had said that Rajnath Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nisar Ali Khan will meet on the sidelines of the meeting. ...

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  • 3 dead in protests, Pakistan army meets, says won’t back off ‘playing its part’

    Islamabad, September 1, 2014: The Pakistan military Sunday expressed serious concern over the prevailing political turmoil in the country, with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif locked in a showdown with protesters. The Corps Commanders’ conference was held at Rawalpindi, with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presiding. In a terse statement, the military said: “While reaffirming support to democracy, the conference reviewed with serious concern the existing political crisis and the violent turn it has taken, resulting in large-scale injuries and loss of lives.” Warning that “further use of force will only aggravate the problem”, the generals said the “situation should be resolved politically without wasting any time and without recourse to violent means”. While trying to stay neutral in the current campaign against Sharif led by opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, the army said it “remains committed to playing its part in ensuring security of the state and will never fall short of meeting national aspirations”.

    The army has indicated it will not intervene to save Sharif. The tone of Sunday’s statement, in fact, does not endorse the handling of the crisis by the PM, especially the use of force which resulted in three deaths and injuries to over 500 people on Saturday night.

    The army meeting, which was advanced from Monday, sent a clear message that the forces were with “democracy” and the “state of Pakistan” and not with a particular individual, and left the door open for intervention if the situation got out of control. Protests had turned violent on Saturday night as supporters of Imran Khan and Qadri had sought to storm Sharif’s residence, breaking through barricades and clashing with police. Among those injured were journalists. Sharif has called for a joint sitting of parliament on Tuesday to discuss the crisis. Imran Khan, for his part, vowed to fight “till my last breath”. “I request the nation, civil servants, bureaucrats and police, to rebel against this illegal government,” Khan told supporters. “I am prepared to die fighting for the freedom for my people. Allah, ya azaadi yamaut (Allah, either freedom or death).” ...

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  • Pro Kabaddi: Jaipur Pink Panthers oust U Mumba to win first PKL title

    Mumbai: In a thrilling match of Kabaddi, Abhishek Bachchan's Jaipur Pink Panthers ousted U Mumba 35-24 to win the first Pro Kabaddi League title. Incidentally, the same two teams had played in the opening match of this league, which was also held at the same venue - National Sports Club of India (NSCI) Stadium around a month ago. However, Jaipur Pink Panthers had lost the match on that ocassion.

    Along with the trophy and medals, Jaipur Pink Panthers walked away with a cheque of Rupees Fifty Lakhs, followed by U Mumba who received a cheque of Rupees Twenty Five Lakhs. The same two teams which played in the opening match of the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League will clash again in the final. That too at the same venue, the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Mumbai. U Mumba will play Jaipur Pink Panthers in the summit clash. Just over a month ago, the hosts kicked off their campaign with a win over the Jaipur-franchise. For the final match, Maninder Singh was awarded the Best Attacker, while Prashant Chavan was awarded the Best Defender. Jasvir Singh won the Mashal Sports Moment of the Match for an interesting standoff of succesive raids. In the earlier match for the Third place spot between Bengaluru Bulls and Patna Pirates, Patna outsmarted Bangalore with a score of 22-29. The tournament awards were also distributed during the valedictory ceremony. They are as follows: Best Raider of the Tournament - Rahul Chaudhari (Telugu Titans) Best Defender of the Tournament - Manjeet Chillar (Bengaluru Bulls) Most Valuable Player of the Tournament - Anup Kumar (U Mumba) With this, the month long league which changed the face of the sport of Kabaddi in India, bringing in a new lease of life for the sport and captured the hearts of millions of people has now finally come to an end. ...

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  • Milkha Singh’s relives Bangalore days

    Bangalore :Milkha Singh has an affinity with Bangalore and the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. For, it was here in 1952 that the Flying Sikh, arguably India’s most popular athlete, attended his very first national camp. It was path-breaking in many ways and even paved his way through to the Olympics. “Everything about Bangalore and the Sree Kanteerava Stadium has changed since,” he said here on Sunday. “The track was cinder and even the tea that I had in a small shop, 60 years ago, is untraceable.” Milkha was in Bangalore for the IBM Bluemix Monsoon Marathon, at the invitation of Milind Soman. “In fact, I make it a point to go to the stadium, that is so close to my heart, every time I come to Bangalore,” he said. “The track is synthetic now and the athletes flocked around me. I also met some para athletes, who with their different challenges too came running to me. I’m grateful that I inspire them even today.” Milkha was critical of the Indian Olympic Association , the coaches, and even the athletes. “There is no dearth of talent in India even today. Five Indian athletes — Milkha, G.S. Randhawa, Sriram Singh, P.T. Usha and recently Anju Bobby George, all qualified for the finals of their respective Olympic events, but our tricolour is yet to fly high at the Games. We have medals in boxing, shooting, wrestling and even in tennis, but not in athletics. And that’s a shame for a country of over 1 billion,” he lamented. “I will hold the government or the Sports Ministry accountable but then today the infrastructure is in place and the grants too. The athletes just have to work hard, be disciplined and perform on the big stage. Sadly, that is not happening,” he added. Milkha grew a touch emotional. “I have cried just thrice in my life thus far – when my parents were killed in front of my eyes before Independence, when I dropped my medal by poor strategy at the Rome Olympics, and lastly when ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was being filmed,” he said. “I know how much sweat and toil I put into my practice for 12 years, six hours each day. I’m nearing 85 now and have a failing vision, but even to this day I jog thrice a week and ensure I keep myself fit. That’s the message I’d like to deliver to young and old,” he signed off. ...

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  • Mangalore Girl Preethi LN gets Gold Medal in NLSIU

    Bangalore: Preethi L N daughter of Lolaksha and Nagaveni, was conferred with Gold Medal at the 22nd Convocation of the prestigious National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore held yesterday at the University. Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and Chancellor of NLSIU presided over the Convocation and conferred the B.A.LL.B (Hons.) Degree and Bharath Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Gold Medal to Preethi LN in the presence of Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Law & Justice and Communications & Information Technology, Govt of India. A number of Judges of Supreme Court of India,Chief Justice and other judges of Karnataka High Court, Mr RV Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education, Mr T B Jayachandra, Minister for Law and Justice, (both),Govt of Karnataka, President of Bar Council of India, Prof Ravivarma Kumar, Advocate General, Govt of Karnataka and others were also present for the ceremonies. Preethi LN is the daughter of Mr Lolaksha, a well known social activist, former journalist, thinker and a recipient of prestigious Dr BR Ambedkar State Award for social service and Mrs Nagaveni, an employee of Mangalore University. She was a student of Vishwa Mangala Primary and High School, Konaje, Mangalore and had secured 92.48% in SSLC board exam. Later she joined St. Aloysius Pre-University College, Mangalore and secured 86.33% in Pre University Board Exam. She has been a meritorious student from her child hood and won many certificates and medals for her excellence in academic and extracurricular activities and in various competitions. She has passed with distinction Junior and senior exams in Bharatha Natyam and Karnatic Music. Preethi LN has interned under Mr Justice J Chalameshwar, Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India; Interned at National Commission for Scheduled Castes, New Delhi, under Prof Ravivarma Kumar, Advocate General, Govt of Karnataka, under Dr CS Dwarakanath, former Chairman, Backward Classes Commission, Govt of Karnataka and in many NGOs. She has presented a Paper on ‘Social exclusion in Premier Educational Institutes in India’ in a national seminar held at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, in which she has exposed the various forms of practice of untouchability being practiced in premier educational institutes and suggested remedial measures. She hopes to become a voice of voiceless millions and is planning to go abroad for higher studies in Human Rights. ...

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  • New archbishop for Tellicherry

    New Delhi, Sep 01, 2014: Pope Francis has appointed Bishop George Njaralakatt, currently of Mandya diocese, as the new archbishop of Tellicherry in Kerala. The announcement of the new archbishop was made in the Vatican, Syro-Malbar head office in Kakanad and in the archdiocese at the same time Saturday afternoon. Bishop Njaralakatt’s new appointment follows the retirement of Archbishop George Valiyamattam as the head of Tellicherry. Bishop Njaralakatt was appointed the head of Mandya diocese as its first bishop in April 2010. The new bishop’s family hails from Thodupuzha and he was bon June 23, 1946 in the Nadavayal parish in the eparchy of the Mananthavady. After ordained priest in 1971, he has worked for Mananthavady, Tellicheryy and Bhadavati diocese Since 2006 he was serving Bhadravathi as its Protosyncellus until his appointment as the Bishop of Mandya. He holds a licentiate in Catechetics. ...

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  • Minister Prasad Releases Mysore Tourist Passport

    Mysore: Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Pramoda Devi Wadiyar will be invited by the Dasara Executive Committee on Monday, informed District-in-Charge Minister V Sreenivas Prasad, here on Sunday August 31. He was speaking after launching the Mysore Tourist Passport, at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden premises. He said that the Committee will soon release the list of office-bearers of various sub-committees for Dasara. In order to end the difficulties faced by visitors who visit city in large numbers during Dasara at ticket counters of tourist places in and around the city, the District Administration has introduced ‘Mysore Tourism Passport’, a single ticket package for tourists to gain access to multiple tourist spots. District In-Charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, who released the passports in three colours — Orange, Green and Blue with varied packages — at a function in the City Zoo, told press persons that arrangements were being made to give publicity on the passports through hoardings at busy places like the Bus Stands, Railway Stations and Airports in the country. Orange colored passports with direct access to Mysore Zoo and palace will be charged Rs. 80 for Indian adults and Rs. 40 for Children while overseas visitors seeking such a passport will have to pay Rs. 220 for adults and Rs. 110 for children. Green colored tourist passports with access to Zoo, Palace, Karanji Lake, Chamundi hill will be available for Rs. 120 for Indian adults and Rs.75 for Indian kids while foreign adults will have to pay Rs. 260 per head with their children having to pay Rs. 150 per passport. Blue coloured tourist passports with access to Zoo, Palace, Karanji Lake, Chamundi Hill, KRS and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary will be available to Indian adults at Rs. 160 while their children will have to pay Rs. 100 per passport. Foreign nationals will have to pay Rs. 510 per passport with their children will have to pay Rs. 170. Tourist Passports can also be purchased online and the same will be sold from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. While Orange Passports will be valid for one day, the Green ones will be valid for two days and the Blue Passports will be valid for three days from the date of issue. He said that a dedicated website, http://mysoretouristpassport.in will sell online tickets for tourists. Printed versions of Mysore Tourist Passport will be printed by the district administration within the span of a week. Bar coding will also be done to avoid forgery of the tickets, he said. ...

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  • First All India Open Dog Show in Mysore

    Mysore : Dogs of various breeds sashayed on the ramp with immaculate behavior at the first All India Open Dog Show organised by Canine Club of Mysore (CCM) at Dasara Expo Grounds on August 31.



    In all, 357 dogs of 37 breeds including Siberian Husky, Pinscher, Great Dane, Pug, Boxer, Saint Bernard, German Shepherd, Mudhol, Chow, Hound, Labrador, Dachshund, Beagle and Cocker Spaniel participated in the show. The show was judged by Edwina Thomas, Yvonne Meintjes from Austrialia, C.V. Sudarshan from Chennai and T. Preetham from Bangalore. Prizes will be awarded in the evening. The dogs were judged on seven parameters like gait, health, looks, behavior and taking orders from the owner. The smallest of the dogs weighed just 1.5 kg. The dog owners had come from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pune, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and other places. It was a common sight to find some of the owners pampering their prized exotic possessions in the air-conditioned comfort of their vehicles as they did not want to take any chance with the vagaries of weather which could affect the dogs. Some of the participating dogs were seen draped in dazzling clothes to beautify them. A few stalls had cropped up at the grounds to sell dog biscuits, belts, leads and toiletries, making good business. District In-charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad inaugurated the dog show which was dedicated to late Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. Earlier to that, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar offered floral tributes to a portrait of Wadiyar kept on the dais. MLA G.T. Devegowda, CCM President B.P. Manjunath, BJP leader L. Nagendra and others were present on the occasion. ...

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  • United Bank of India declares Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulter

    New Delhi, Sep 1, 2014 (PTI): State-run United Bank of India today became the first lender to declare debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulters. "We have declared Vijay Mallya and three other directors of Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulters," United Bank of India Executive Director Deepak Narang told PTI. The Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) of the bank has declared directors Ravi Nedungadi, Anil Kumar Ganguly and Subash Gupte as wilful defaulters. Post this declaration, these persons and the entity would not be able to borrow from the bank in future. They would also lose Director-level positions in companies. Criminal proceeding could also be initiated against these persons if warranted. Narang said the decision of GRC would be conveyed to the Finance Ministry, Reserve Bank of India, and Securities and Exchange Board of India for their information and action. The GRC meeting was convened today after a Calcutta High Court division bench allowed the bank to initiate the process of declaring them as wilful defaulters last week. The GRC had asked directors to be present before it but no one turned up. Instead, they had sent a letter through their lawyer stating that they had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court and pending the judgement the bank should not proceed in this regard. The Kolkata-based bank is the first PSU lender to initiate the process of declaring Vijay Mallya and three other directors of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines as wilful defaulters a couple of months ago. Subsequently, other banks such as State Bank of India, IDBI Bank and Punjab National Bank have also initiated the process of declaring KFA and its directors as wilful defaulters. The bank’s exposure to Kingfisher Airlines was around Rs 350 crore as part of consortium led by State Bank of India. The consortium of 17 banks, has an outstanding debt of about Rs 4,022 crore from the now-grounded carrier and outside the consortium, the bank gave about Rs 60 crore loan for Pre-Delivery payment. As part of the recovery process, banks in February last year decided to sell a portion of the collateral with them, including shares of its group companies United Spirits Ltd and Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, Mallya’s Goa villa, Kingfisher House in Mumbai and the Kingfisher brand, which was valued at over Rs 4,000 crore at the time it was pledged. ...

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  • Caste census to begin in November

    Bangalore: The much-delayed caste census that is dubbed to throw up the reality of the socio-economic status of communities in the State will be held from November this year. The two-month exercise, being taken up at budgetary allocation of Rs 117 crore, will cover each and every household in the State covering a total population of 6.21 crore. The census would be conducted under the aegis of the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission. This will be the first caste-based survey in the State since 1931. While the caste census was first mooted ten years ago, the survey could not move forward for various reasons. “We will go ahead with the census from November this year. An estimated 1.25 lakh enumerators will be required for the exercise. We are planning to enrol enumerators who participated in the 2011 general census.?Additional requirement will also be met and training programmes for the enumerators will be held. We plan to complete the entire process by December end. In all, 1.25 crore households will be covered,” Karnataka Backward Classes Commission Chairman H?Kantharaj told Deccan Herald. Details of every caste including Brahmins and other communities not coming under the reservation bracket will also be collected. Soon after the Congress government came to power, it removed the then chairman of the commission N?Shankarappa and three other members. It is said the government did not want to go ahead with the census under a chairperson appointed by the BJP as the party government would not have got credit, it is said. Besides the caste and sub-caste, other socio-economic parameters to be gathered during the census include annual income, domestic expenditure, household data, occupation of household members, source of drinking water, lighting facility, immovable assets, among others. Kantharaj said the enumerator will ask a total of 54 questions. The questionnaire will be finalised soon, he said. There has been a perpetual debate that only a section of the communities have been eating away all the reservation benefits in educational institutions and government employment. Despite the fact that the last caste census was held in 1931, caste has always been politicised in the State and has been part of vote bank politics. Successive governments have recommended inclusion of different communities in the reservation list. For instance, in 1951, eighteen castes were classified as backward classes and it rose to 165 in 1959. The Devaraj Urs government dropped Lingayats from the backward classes list based on a recommendation submitted by the backward classes commission headed by L G Havanur. As per the commission’s recommendations, Kuruba and Agasa communities got a reservation of 10 per cent. The survey will now throw up the reality whether the deprived are getting benefits of reservation. ...

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  • 800 Years Later, Nalanda University Reopens

    Patna, Bihar, Sep 01, 2014: The ancient Nalanda University (NU), which attracted students from the world over, will rise again today, as classes will begin at its newly established campus at Rajgir. The event will also mark the fruition of the idea proposed by former President APJ Abdul Kalam while addressing a joint session of Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council way back in 2006. "We will have a low-key launch with classes for the School of Ecology and Environmental Studies and the School of Historical Studies beginning at 9 AM today. Right now there are 15 students and 11 faculty members at the campus," NU Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal told PTI. Dr Sabharwal said there were two reasons for starting on a small note as she wanted the students and teachers to settle down, and that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj would be visiting on September 14. "We have decided to have a big function when Mrs Swaraj visits NU on September 14. By that time things will settle down and the media glare will also decrease to some extent," Dr Sabharwal added. The University on Sunday completed the three-day orientation programme of the students. "More than a thousand students from various countries across the globe had applied for the seven schools on different subjects that will function at the university, of which only 15, including one each from Japan and Bhutan, were selected," said the VC. At the time when APJ Abdul Kalam mooted NU, Singapore government had also proposed revival of the university having international character, but suitable to the modern times. Former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also showed a keen interest in it and the work on the concept began soon after. The NU came into existence by the Nalanda University Act passed by Parliament. Economist Amartya Sen is the Chairman of the Governing Body of the university, while renowned teachers from various countries are its members. Former Singapore foreign minister George Yeo and Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Anil Wadhwa are also part of the governing body. The NU campus will be spread over 455 acres and its construction is underway around 12 km from the site of the ancient university, which began during the Gupta period in 6th century AD and came to an end after being ransacked, looted and burnt in 1193 AD by the invading Turk army led by its commander Bakhtiyar Khilji. As the NU buildings are still under construction, the students and faculty members have been housed at Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) owned Hotel Tathagat Vihar, the vice-chancellor said. A run-down government office near Rajgir bus stand has been renovated to serve as temporary campus. Classes will also be run at nearby International Convention Centre built by the Bihar government. Rajgir is the second most popular place for Buddhist pilgrims visiting Bihar after Bodh Gaya. NU has strived to have a global character and several countries already signing agreements and pitching in with funds. China contributed one million dollars in 2011, which will be used to establish a library at the campus, Dr Sabharwal said. The architectural plan of the NU has been approved and the extensive campus will also have a huge lake, and the proposed library will come up in the middle of it. Singapore, the prime foreign mover for the university has pledged around 5 million dollars, while the Thailand Ambassador to India donated 1,00,000 dollars, the VC said adding Australia would provide 1 million Australian dollars for a chair at the School of Ecology and Environment studies for three years. Apart from all the foreign contributions, the Central government has sanctioned Rs. 2,700 crore for a period of 10 years. ...

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  • Sand mafia :DySP escapes murder attempt

    Nagamangala :In a reported incident, a DySP who took on the sand mafia active in the area, escaped an attempt on her life by illegal sand transporters near Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple on the banks of river Shimsha near Arakere village in Devalapura Hobli of the Taluk on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off on illegal sand transportation, Nagamangala Sub-Division Dy. SP Savitha Hoogar along with other Police personnel, rushed to the spot and asked the sand lorries to stop, when one of the drivers allegedly made an attempt to run over her. Sensing danger, Savitha jumped aside to save herself. However, the sand Lorry (KA-11 A 4005) hit the Police vehicle, a SUV, damaging one of its doors. The lorry after hitting the Police vehicle, got stuck in a mud slush, when the lorry driver and another occupant of the lorry managed to flee the spot under the cover of darkness, it is learnt. Following the incident, Dy. SP Savitha Hoogar seized the sand lorry and took a JCB and another sand lorry into custody on the banks of Shimsha river. She later lodged a complaint with Nagamangala Rural Police, who swing into action and arrested the lorry driver identified as Madhu from Koppa in the Taluk. The Police are quizzing the lorry driver about the incident, it is learnt. ...

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  • No action on open pits at Kuppepadau stone quarry

    Bantwal :Though the government has given strict instructions to close unused borewells after a series of tragic deaths, it seems that people and the officials are still not serious about it. For example many big open pits are seen in the stone quarries in this area.



    Kallady is a village in Karambaru in Kuppepadau gram panchayath limits in Mangalore, where these big open pits are seen. Nobody had made an attempt to close these pits at Daddeguri and Jarigekatte stone quarries. The instructions to close open pits given by DC A B Ibrahim, seems to be not seriously taken in this village. No action has been taken though many children have died after falling into these pits recently. Another unused well near Kallady school premises is also left open. Childern's association have brought this issue to the notice of DC and Gram panchayath. They have also brought the issue to the notice of Prajna consulting centre. Its director William has personnaly reviewed the place and assured that action will be taken. ...

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  • Mangalore : First PUC student commits suicide

    Mangalore, Sep 1: A first PUC student of Canara College here allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the cieling fan of her room at her residence in Kelarai, Neermarga on the evening of Sunday August 31. The deceased has been identified as Akshata (16), daughter of Umesh and Kamalakshi, Akshata's father Umesh is a personnel in the forest mobile squad while her mother is assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in Kadri police station. Sources said that Akshata's parents had taken away her mobile phone, and depressed over it, she reportedly ended her life A case has been registered in Kankanady rural police station. ...

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  • Hotelier blackmailed by five; four arrested

    Kasargod: A hotelier in the city filed a police complaint against a few people alleging that they have been blackmailing and trying to extort money from him, from the past few days. Based on the complaint the Kumble police have booked a case against five persons including a woman. Four of them have been already arrested. The arrested have been identified as Abdul Irshad (35) from Kallangai, P K Kunhikoya (50) from Povval Kota House, Moidin Kunhi (32) from Arikkady, and Tahira (28) from Povval. It is learnt that the fifth accused has not been arrested yet. However the police said that he is from Uppala Kaikamba and they are in search of him. The complainant is Mohammed (50), a resident of Arikkady. He runs a hotel in Mumbai. According to him, the accused knew that the relationship between him and his wife had grown sour over time. Thus they introduced a girl to Mohammed, and lured him with the offer of convincing her to marry him. However, they recorded telephonic conversations between Mohammed and the lady clandestinely over a period, and began blackmailing him on the pretext of making the contents of these conversations public. Mohammed said he was constantly blackmailed, and pressurized to part with money. The complainant puts the total amount he was made to cough up over a period of time, at Rs 2,85,000. The police have registered a case. ...

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  • State govt plans to build police training school and public school in Udupi

    Udupi: As a part of State government innovative programmes to encourage the competence of police force, a full-fledged police training school and a police public school will come up said District Superintendent of Police Rajendra Prasad. According to SP Rajendra Prasad, the structure would come up on 35 acres of land in Uppur. The land has been identified and the same would be transferred into the police department shortly following which the work will begin for the training school, he said. The SP said that the training programme would be for nine months. The State government’s objective is to establish a public school also, a school run by the police for students. The government has released Rs 75 lakh for the purpose, he concluded. ...

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  • False complaints, atrocity law - Warning against misuse

    Mangalore, Sep 1, 2014: Chairing the SC/ST monthly grievances meeting, at Police Commissioner’s office in the city on August 31, and listening to many allegations and counter allegations among Dalits, the Deputy Commissioner of Police K V Jagadish. said that the SC/ST Act is one of the best Acts designed to bring SC/ST community in to social mainstream. Those who file fake complaints among SC/ST communities will face stringent action Filing a false complaint is gross misuse of the Act and accused will be punished. The real intention of the Act can’t be achieved if one starts using laws for personal vendetta without having social concern, he said. Earlier, Dakshina Kannada DSS District Organising Convenor Ananda Bellare said that a complaint given by S P Anand against Shwetha, Sadashiva and Girish Kumar is false and FIR has been filed because of his pressure. The case was investigated by Pandeshwara women police and Civil Rights Enforcement Directorate regarding cheating of Rs 3 lakh and rape attempt case filed by Shwetha. S?P?Anand filed this counter complaint to take revenge, Bellare alleged. Shwetha, who was also present in the meeting, repeated the same. In another similar case, Dalita Mahila Okkuta Taluk Convenor Ramya alleged that she had to wait for three days to get FIR filed in Ullal police station against Shashikanth, Girish Kumar and Jayanth Kumar for harassing her. However, Shashikanth said that Ramya is supporting Fatima to build house at his land in Permannur. For questioning her, she has filed a false complaint against all three, he said. He also produced the title deeds, sketch of his house given by Ullal town municipal council. Deputy Commissioner of Police, N Vishnuvardhana ordered the police officers concerned to complete all the investigations by September 15. Dalit leader Sadashiv Urwa Store said that few Dalit leaders are causing injustice to Dalits themselves. Many have left the organisation because of them. The Social welfare department gives Rs 25,000 to the victims of atrocity cases. Some leaders are misusing it for money. They have filed atrocity cases even against Dalits, he said. Narayana Punchame also requested all Dalits to be united. Misusing of Dalit atrocity law should be stopped and police should not entertain such individuals, he said. ...

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  • Commissioner inspects ongoing works of Synthetic track

    Moodbidri: Sports department commissioner H S Venkatesh inspected the ongoing works of Synthetic track and other developmental works in Swaraj maidan at the cost of 15 crores here on August 30.

    Later speaking to the reporters he said that 70 per cent of the work has been finished. Youth minister Abhaychandra Jain on the occasion said that 50lakhs has been requested to be provided for the construction of upper floor in pavilion. Alva's director Dr M Mohan Alva, Abhiyanthar Harish assistant of sports department, assistant engineer Sangamesh Kalburgi were present. ...

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  • Poor performance in studies drives a student to suicide

    Karkala : A 17 year old boy hanged himself here at college hostel on August 31. The deceased is identified as Vasanthgouda(17), a resident of Chennarayapattana in Mandya. He was a student of Jnanabharathi Pre-university college in Ganetanagar Kukkundoor. Police have recovered a suicide note at the spot. ASP Annamalai speaking to reporters said that he was sad about poor performance in the studies and has therefore taken this extreme step. A case has been registered at city police station. ...

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  • Beltangady : 15 year old boy rapes a 45 year old woman

    Beltangady, Aug 31: In a shocking incident reported from Beltangady, a 15 year old boy allegedly raped a 45 year old woman on Sunday, August 31 afternoon. A complaint in this regard was filed in Beltangady police station by the woman's daughter. As per the complaint filed , the minor who lives in the neighborhood entered the house when the woman was alone. He is alleged to have locked the door and then raped her, stated the complaint. Meanwhile, the woman's daughter came home and on finding the door locked, began calling out for her mother and knocking on the door. But there was no response, the complaint states. She then noticed the boy inside the house and in her complaint, accused him of raping her mother. The victim suffers from memory loss. Beltangady police have registered a case and further investigations are on. ...

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  • Don't want AbRam to be part of 'circus of public life': SRK

    Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he does not want his son AbRam to be in the 'circus of public life' that he is a part of. Shah Rukh and Gauri's youngest child AbRam was born through surrogacy in May last year. "I am not overtly happy talking about him. He is my baby and nobody else's. You can come home and see him if I allow you to come in my house," Shah Rukh told PTI in an exclusive interview here. "He (AbRam) is not meant for flashbulbs. I don't want him to be a participant in this circus of public life that I am a part of. That is what I do... Public life... The good, bad, ugly, goodness of media, the strangeness... I am part of it, not my children," the 48-year-old actor said. AbRam was born at 34 weeks of pregnancy and had initially spent most of the time in hospital. "It is one of the only things that has made me uncomfortable in my career is you take on a child who is sick when he was born and make it an issue... I find it very disgraceful. I am a movie star, disgrace me but not my kids," he said. Though his two elder children - Aryan and Suhana - pose with him for media, but the doting father insists that this is because they are grown up and hang around with him. "He (Abram) is small... Don't want to allow that innocence in my line of work. Others do it good... I don't do it so I can't comment on others. One day if I feel to come out I will. My baby, my life... I feel awkward when people say why I don't bring him in public. I will do what I feel like. You can't put picture because I don't like it, I feel uncomfortable," he said. Shah Rukh is still unhappy recollecting the time when there were reports that a pre-natal sex determination test, which is banned in the country, had been conducted, following which the Mumbai civic body had sent a team to his residence to ascertain the facts which was turned away. The actor has repeatedly trashed the speculations. "I did not like that fact when the media spoke about the surrogacy. I hate it. They said I had sex determination test, which was rubbish. I am too educated to be indulging in this non-sense. He was suffering... He was ill and people were talking about sex determination just because he is the child of a famous movie star," he said. "He will grow up one day and might read all this or may not read also... But it is very sad. Just because he is my child, it doesn't make him less or more than anyone else... A kid is a kid. He was unwell and there were cases going on. I feel awkward," he said. However, Shah Rukh is very happy and feels blessed to have such a beautiful child. "He is very sweet, beautiful and pretty looking. He is a pleasant child. He brings lot of cheer and happiness. It is great fun to be with him. Everyone wants to be with him. There is so much innocence and love in the baby... He is very sweet. The kids like him... I like him," Shah Rukh said. "My office people make excuses to come home to see him. We have lot of good time. Now I have to do the kids shopping thing again... Whatever I did ten years ago," he said. Apart from his two other children, AbRam too visits Shah Rukh on film shoots sometimes. "He comes on sets at times. Aryan and Suhana are studying so I can't take them away from school. AbRam is too small, but he has come to my shooting in Mumbai but not abroad," the actor said. "My family doesn't like watching shooting. If I am shooting from 9 AM to 9 PM they get bored. When I was shooting for 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', they all were there in London, they were there in Dubai as well," he said. ...

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  • Divya Khosla Kumar receives Rajiv Gandhi Award

    Mumbai :Actress turned director Divya Khosla Kumar has received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for excellence for her 2014 movie "Yaariyaan". "It's a great honour and definitely my journey and growth as a creative person doesn't stop here. I am proud to be a woman and making my foray in a field absolutely dominated by men. Cheers to Indian women managing their families," Divya told IANS. Divya could not be in Delhi Friday to receive the honour. Her parents received it on her behalf. ...

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  • C. V. Rao sworn-in as Maharashtra governor

    Mumbai: C.V. Rao was on Saturday sworn in as governor of Maharashtra at a function in Raj Bhavan here. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rao, a senior BJP leader from Telangana. Rao took over from Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli, who was given additional charge of Maharashtra after K. Sankaranarayanan resigned from the post Sunday. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, his cabinet colleagues and other prominent dignitaries attended the function. ...

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  • Bunts association organises Medical camp

    Bahrain: Bunts Bahrain had organised free medical camp for its members, hundreds along with thier family members made use of this camp recently.



















    These days diseases related to heart, sugar problem, BP are increasing. They need timely medical checkups otherwise these diseases turn deadly for human beings. So the association under the leadership of Bharath Shetty, presideint of the association organised this camp. The camp was organised here at Al Hilal Hospital premises and all the facilities were provided by the hospital for free. Speaking on the occasion Bharath Shetty thanked Al Hilal Hospital heads Sai Giridhar, Asif Mohammad and staff for their support. He also thanked Amit Shetty adminstrative director of Navaratna Hotel, who provided free food for all. ...

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  • Saudi government to ensure infection free Hajj

    Riyadh: In the wake of the Ebola and Coronavirus outbreak, the Saudi government has said it will screen Hajj pilgrims this year. The health ministry has made arrangements to screen the pilgrims for the Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The ministry also plans to provide pilgrims with health care services in the holy city of Makkah and at the main entry points of King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Jeddah Islamic Port, Abdulsalam Noorwali, a director in the ministry told the Arab News daily. Temporary health centres are being set up on all roads leading to the Makkah. "We are on the alert for corona and Ebola viruses and fully equipped to screen any pilgrim suspected of carrying the infections at the two main entry points," Sami Badawood, another director in the ministry, said this week. Around 620 personnel have been posted in the health and surveillance centre at Jeddah's main airport and another 100 at the Jeddah Islamic Port to screen arriving pilgrims and provide them with medical aid. All pilgrims must present proof of vaccination for meningitis and ACYW135. For infants and children under 15 years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis and polio. The meningitis vaccination should be given before departure and polio vaccination is mandatory for all pilgrims coming from Africa, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and African countries. ...

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  • Top Saudi cleric warns against 'deceitful' jihad

    Riyadh :Saudi Arabia's top cleric Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh has given a call to Muslim youth against following "deceitful" claims of jihad by shadowy groups with deviant principles. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta (empowered to issue fatwas), gave the call in the wake of recent arrest of eight people on suspicion of recruiting minors for extremists groups abroad. In an obvious allusion to calls by the Islamic State in Iraq to join their "jihad" or holy war, the cleric warned of the danger of sending the youth to lands they do not know and under flags and principles they do not know to become only victims who get apprehended, sold and bargained. Describing it "a serious matter", in an interview to Nedaa Al-Islam Radio in Makkah, the cleric urged people not to mislead the young and subject them to great danger under the claims of jihad by sending them abroad. ...

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