• Tsunami warning after 6.6 magnitude quake in Japan

    Tokyo : A tsunami as big as three feet was reportedly forecast to hit islands in Japan's far south today after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Taiwan.
    National broadcaster NHK said waves were possible on several islands in the southern Okinawa chain after a very shallow quake centred on Yonaguni in the southwest, near Taiwan.
    Witnesses said buildings swayed in Taipei but there was no visible damage in the Taiwan capital.
    "We are issuing warnings via the radio," Satoshi Shimoji of the Miyako City government told NHK. "We want residents to get as far as possible from the sea," he said.
    NHK said the tsunami - an irregular wave that alters the sea level, and not necessarily a huge event - is believed to have already arrived at remote Yonaguni, although no details were yet available.
    Live footage from coastal cameras showed sea levels had apparently not risen in several harbours within the warning zone.
    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that "based on all the available data... there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake."
    The US Geological Survey said the 6.6 magnitude quake, which Japanese authorities had originally put at 6.8, struck 71 kilometres east of Hualian, Taiwan.
    Japan sits at the confluence of four of the earth's tectonic plates and registers more than 20 per cent of the planet's most powerful earthquakes every year.
    Strict building codes and a long familiarity with the dangers mean that quakes that might cause devastation in other parts of the world are frequently uneventful in Japan.


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  • Husband sets wife on fire in Pakistan ‘honour killing’

    Multan: A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country’s latest so-called “honour killing” after they set the son’s wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday.

    Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said.

    Siddique and his father then beat Bibi before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire in Central Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district on Friday, Azam said.

    Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered repeated domestic abuse for the couple’s inability to have children, Azam said.

    Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.

    “We have arrested the husband and father-in-law of the deceased woman and charged them for murder and terrorism,” district police chief Rai Zameer-ul-Haq told AFP. The charge of “terrorism” is regularly applied in such cases so as to expedite the legal process.

    Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year through domestic violence or on the grounds of defending family “honour”.

    The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve the lives of women in Pakistan’s conservative and patriarchal society, says more than 3,000 women have been killed in such attacks since 2008.


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  • 'This is a Government for the Poor,' PM Modi tells BJP Lawmakers

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP parliamentarians at a day-long workshop which aims to guide and motivate them for effective implementation of various Central government schemes

    Here are the highlights:

    Every government in our country has tried that there should be a breakthrough in civil nuclear deal
    I am not criticizing any government, every government tried for it, but somehow it was not getting successful
    We always need to remember the faith that has been placed in us. We have been given a majority by the people
    Strong opposition in Parliament is beneficial
    We have been assured uranium supply for five years from Canada
    Government successfully carried out Yemen evacuation
    We have been 'dependent' in the nuclear sector
    We've created our own position in space, atomic energy
    This is a government for the poor

    Cabinet ministers and BJP President Amit Shah are aslo likely to address them on ways to make these central schemes successful.

    The focus is expected to be on MPs executing these schemes more effectively.

    The workshop is being projected as a counter to the opposition's campaign against the Land Acquisition Bill, being held in the national capital and addressed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.


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  • Nasim Zaidi assumes charge as Chief Election Commissioner

    New Delhi : Dr Nasim Zaidi assumed charge as India's 20th chief election commissioner (CEC) today. He succeeded Hari Shankar Brahma, who retired yesterday.
    Dr Zaidi is the the sole member of the three-member Election Commission till the government fills up the two vacant posts of election commissioners.
    He will be the CEC till July, 2017, when he turns 65. An election commissioner can remain in office for six years or till he attains the age of 65 years. Dr Zaidi is an IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre of the 1976 batch.
    Dr Zaidi possesses a Master's degree in public administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and has been a Mason Fellow for Public Policy at Harvard Institute for International Development. He has a post-graduate diploma in business finance from Indian Institute of Finance and holds doctorate in bio-chemistry.
    Dr Zaidi has served as the Permanent Representative of India on the Council of ICAO from November 2005 to October 2008. He has served as the Director General of Civil Aviation. He retired from the government as civil aviation secretary on July 31, 2012.


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  • Man refuses to eat during power cuts, wife walks out of marriage

    Allahabad: A 32-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh left her husband of seven years after he refused to have dinner during electricity cuts.

    In her complaint, Ruksana said that her husband Qadir used to force her to stay awake till the power resumed to serve him dinner and even resorted to violence if she disobeyed him.

    The woman left her husband’s house along with her three children and registered an FIR in Kotwali police station.

    Ruksana also mentioned in her FIR that their family members tried to intervene in the matters but failed to resolve it. After getting irritated at her husband’s unusual behaviour, she decided to leave him for good.


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  • Yogendra Yadav calls show cause notice a joke

    New Delhi : Staring at an imminent expulsion from the party, AAP rebel Yogendra Yadav today lashed out at the party on social media for the show cause notice served on him, terming it as a "joke".

    He also questioned how the media knew the details of the show cause notice before he received it and accused members of the disciplinary committee of "leaking" it.

    Yadav wondered as to how the national disciplinary committee took the step without keeping its Chairman Dinesh Waghela in the loop.

    He claimed that in a telephonic conversation Waghela, who was "not in Delhi", had told him that the panel is yet to take up the matter.

    "Last evening I had spoked to Mr Waghela, the Chair of Disciplinary Committee. He said he was not in Delhi and had no idea of a possible show cause notice to us except from TV news! As yet, nothing has been referred to him, he said," Yadav said in a social media post.
    Yadav said that Wagehla had promised to look into this "violation of elementary principle of justice".

    He also sought to underline the irony of being served the notice for "leaking" sensitive information to the media, saying that he was apprised about the notice by the media itself.
    "By 10 PM the media already knew the contents of all the four letters. Could anyone other than a committee member have leaked it?".

    "By 8 PM media told us that the notice has finally been issued and was being hand delivered. I did not believe it, till we learnt that Prof Anand Kumar's notice was delivered at his home. Who is keeping the media informed at every stage, I wonder", Yadav said. 

    Inching closer to the final swoop on dissidents, AAP yesterday served show-cause notices to four senior leaders Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha, who were earlier expelled from the party echelons.

    Yadav also heaped scorn on the other members of the committee, including Ashish Khetan and Pankaj Gupta, asking "ever heard of complainants and witnesses themselves becoming judges?".

    "The Committee that has served the notice and will decide the matter includes Shri Pankaj Gupta who had signed a written public statement accusing Prashant Bhushan and me of anti-party activities, the charge he is going to investigate now.

    "The Committee also includes Shri Ashish Khaitan who had last month made derogatory remarks against Prashant Bhushan and his family (which he had to apologise for and delete) and was the key source of 'evidence' of Prashant Bhushan's anti-party activities during Delhi elections. He has liberally cursed both of us on TV," he charged.

    Yadav demanded that the members recuse themselves from examining their case and the party reviews the show-cause notice. "Will the committee look into its own leaks before it sits down to examine someone else's? Or will the joke continue? Or should I call it a farce?".


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  • I didn't tell anybody to spend that money on me : Yuvraj on 'Most Expensive Player' tagline

    Visakhapatnam: Making it clear that the 'Most Expensive Player' tagline doesn't create any pressure on him, out-of-favour India veteran Yuvraj Singh said that he "didn't tell anyone to give him" the money that he commanded at the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament's auctions earlier this year.

    Asked if being paid an unbelievable Rs 16 crore is creating pressure on him, Yuvraj was dismissive.

    "Not really. I was sleeping when the auction was going on. And I didn't tell anybody to give me that money. Whatever money would have given to me, I would have played IPL," Yuvraj said on the eve of Delhi daredevils' match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    The 33-year-old all-rounder also didn't want to entertain thoughts in the line of whether this would be a launchpad for his India comeback.

    "I am enjoying my cricket at the moment and I am not thinking too far ahead. Hopefully, as a team we want to get Daredevils back on track. The win in the last match was needed to boost the morale after 11 defeats. In the last game, I got a lot of overs to plan my innings as I needed some time out there in the middle," said the stylish southpaw.

    He said that his relationship with Gary Kirsten is still the "same" as it used to be when the South African coached the Indian national team.

    "It's the same relationship that we had when he was the India coach. We have a great understanding and somehow Gary gets the best out of me. When he was the India coach, he was managing only 16 players but in a franchise, you need to manage 25 players," he said.


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  • India's reformer-in-chief, Narendra Modi

    Washington: As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.

    Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a “digital India.”

    When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

    This article was written by the 44th President of the United States, Barrack Obama, as a  part of  Time Magazine's portraits of the 100 most influential people in the world

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  • Masarat Alam sent to seven-day police custody

    Srinagar: A court on Friday night remanded separatist leader Masarat Alam, arrested over raising of pro-Pakistan slogans and hoisting Pakistan flags at a rally, to seven-day police custody by a court in Budgam.

    Hardline Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a strike throughout the Valley on Saturday against the killings and police action.

    Protests broke out in the state capital on Friday after Masarat was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. 

    The police had to use teargas and resort to lathicharge to disperse the crowd, which was heading for a march in Tral town of Pulwama district.

    "Alam has been arrested in the case, registered in Budgam ?police station in connection with the provocative actions during a rally on Wednesday," a senior police officer said.

    Police have imposed Section 13A(unlawful activities), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 147 (riots), 427 (damage to public property) under CrPC on Alam.

    The arrest comes a day after Alam and Geelani were placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading the rally in Tral.

     The Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir capital resembled a battle zone as masked protesters burnt the tricolour and clashed with security forces resulting in injuries to about a dozen people, including two policemen, official sources said.

    The protesters were also seen hurling stones at the police which retaliated, bursting teargas shells and using force to disperse the violent crowds.

    Violence erupted after authorities denied permission to the hardline Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold a march from Srinagar to Tral to protest the killing of two youths in an army operation earlier this week.Related VideosJ&K Police arrests separatist Masarat Alam

    Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who led a march in Tral accused the army of killing youths after labelling them terrorists. "There is no arrest, no FIR. The government has to put an end to state terrorism," he said.

    Reports of stone-pelting were also received from Tral and adjoining areas.

    Geelani has given a strike call throughout the Valley tomorrow against the killings and today's police action.

    Earlier in the day, Bhat, being seen as a possible successor to Geelani, was arrested following outrage over raising of pro-Pakistan slogans and flags at a rally on Wednesday where the two were present. Both leaders were placed under house arrest here late last night.

    The 45-year-old hardliner was arrested from his home in Habbakadal area of the city this morning, apparently after the Centre pushed for it.

    As the Centre came under attack for the situation in the state ruled by PDP-BJP coalition, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted India's unity and integrity were "inviolable" and "nobody will be allowed to break it".

    "Anybody found engaging in anti-national activities will not be spared or forgiven," he told a press conference near Kanpur.


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  • Belagavi: After Batting for Yeddy, MP Prabhakar Kore Now Has His Eyes Set on CM’s Post!

    Belagavi: Entrepreneur, educationist and BJP Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Basaprabhu Kore from here is an enterprising man in his own right and in his own domain.

    When the BJP national executive met in Bengaluru earlier this month, he was part of a delegation that met prime minister Modi and party president Amit Shah to put up a demand that former chief minister Yeddyurappa be made the state party president.

    It was an embarrassment for the party since the tenure of current incumbent Pralhad Joshi is still valid for almost an year. The Modi-Shah duo did not take it kindly. Kore was issued a notice by the party for his indiscretion.

    Kore was at a programme organized by the Angadi Institute of Technology, headed by another BJP MP Suresh Angadi, here on Friday. On the sidelines, he was accosted by mediapersons, who shot some leading questions at him, specially in the backdrop of his recent appeal to the party higher-ups.

    He had to answer a wide range of questions, including the one about demands for a separate north Karnataka state. It was pointed out to him that the northern part of Karnataka had faced regional imbalance and he was asked what his stand in the matter was in case a separate state was carved out.

    Kore said that there was no question of splitting the state. The people of the northern region might have dreamt of a separate state, but he wondered how it was possible for them to sit by themselves and decide about the division. While saying that the time was not ripe enough for such a development, he also cautioned that developmental imbalances should be taken care of, failing which they could lead to situations like the case of Andhra Pradesh which got split for the same reason.

    He took the opportunity to reveal his ambition to become the chief minister of the state, but in its undivided status. Stressing that the Belagavi district had always suffered injustice in many ways, he could not set a time-frame to set it right. Political unity was most important and it was only through it that political and developmental representation could be achieved, he further said.

    MP Suresh Angadi said that he would try to convince the Union government’s team which is likely to visit the state to identify and choose the ideal location for an IIT to consider Belagavi as the suitable site.


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  • Suspected sharp shooter of Abu Salem held

    New Delhi : The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested an alleged sharp shooter, who was associated with gangster Abu Salem and wanted in connection with several cases of fake currency, murder and extortion in Delhi and Mumbai. The accused, identified as Jaan Usman Khan alias Reenu, was arrested last evening around 7:30 PM from ISBT Bus Terminal following a tip off.
    A country-made pistol and three cartridges were recovered from him. He was earlier arrested in 2000 by the Bandra Police in Mumbai in an extortion case of Bollywood producer Anil Thadani, who is the husband of actress Raveena Tandon, police said. "He was living here in Tri Nagar area of Sarai Rohilla in north Delhi. He is having contacts in underworld and has been a shooter of underworld don Abu Salem. He is involved in cases of fake currency, extortion, murder in Delhi and Mumbai," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.
    Salem was later arrested in this case in 2006. Usman Khan was also arrested in 2010 in Vikas Puri when he along with Vinod Pandit had fired on Hemant Birje, a big financer. 


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  • Caste Census: 7,000 teachers to miss SSLC evaluation

    Bengaluru: Evaluation process for Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams, scheduled to start on Sunday, is likely to be affected by a shortage of evaluators as some are on socio-educational survey duty.

    Officials in the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) said out of the 57,000 teachers assigned to evaluate answer scripts, 7,000 have been deputed to the ongoing survey work.

    A KSEEB official told sources, “Lack of evaluators will delay evaluation by a few days.  But, announcement of results won’t be delayed.”

    SSLC evaluation work will not start on Sunday at these centres as the Karnataka Public Service Commission exam is slated for that day: Bengaluru North and South, Bengaluru Rural, Mysuru, Dharwad, Belgavi, Vijayapura, Raichur, Kalaburgi, Gadag, Shivamogga and Ballary.

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  • Rohini Sindhoori meets people after a month of D.K Ravi’s death

    Mandya: It’s been a month after upright IAS officer D.K Ravi died in his house under mysterious conditions. CBI is handling the case which made the whole state stand together against the government.

    One major name that surfaced in the case was of Rohini Sindhoori Dasari, batchmate of Ravi and present CEO of Mandya district Municipality. It was suspected that Sindhoori and Ravi were very close to eachother which led to his death. The news was a shocker for the people of the state but it was devastating for Sindhoori as she was serving in a major post of municipality.

    But on Friday morning the people of Mandya were pleased to see Sindhoori as early in the morning as 6am. The intension of Sindhoori to meet the people in the early hours of the day was to create awareness about the use of toilets.

    Sindhoori visited villages like T Malligepura, Cheeranahalli, Taggahalli, Haluvady Halli and met people and urged them to use toilets instead of going for open grounds. She also explained people to take financial help from the government to build toilet in their houses.


    Sindhoori is a honest and dedicated officer who has been honoured by Union government for her work. As a result of her immense effort Mandya is in the second spot in India in building toilets.

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  • Crop damage: Govt hikes compensation for rain-hit farmers

    Koppal: "Unseasonal rain in the recent past has caused extensive damage to crops in Koppal, Ballari, Yadgir, Kalaburagi and Bidar districts. Aerial survey has been conducted in Gangavati, Sindhanur, Manvi, Sirguppa and Kanakagiri. I have personally inspected the damage caused to crops in several areas. Compensation to those farmers would be given once officials of Agriculture and Revenue departments conduct a joint survey and submit a detailed report", said Chief minister here on Friday.

    Chief minister after undertaking an aerial survey of the rain-affected areas, told reporters the officials have been told to submit a detailed report in two to three days. The government will take steps to distribute the compensation to the affected farmers based on the guidelines laid down by the Centre.

    Siddaramaiah further said compensation would be distributed to the kin of the deceased farmers and the government might also announce a special package for the affected region, if needed.

    So far, the government used to pay a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh in case of death. Henceforth, a compensation of Rs four lakh would be paid to the family members of the deceased. Likewise, compensation for crop loss is being increased to Rs 13,450 per hectare from Rs 9,000 per hectare. Compensation for horticulture crop loss will be enhanced from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000 per hectare. Persons injured in natural calamities will get a compensation of Rs 2 lakh, he added.

    According to sources, crops on 56,112 hectares of land have suffered damaged due to the unseasonal rain in the recent past. Horticulture crops on 1,450 hectares too have suffered damage. Thunder showers have left 14 dead in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Further, 774 cattle heads in the region were killed during the rain.

    Photo courtesy: Indian Express


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  • Kannadiga versus Goan row: Goa BJP responds to 'threat'

    Panaji: A day after a senior Karnataka minister issued a threat against several thousand Goan IT professionals living in Bengaluru, the Goa BJP on Friday replied in equal measure, saying that Goa, too, hosted many Kannadigas who were working in the government and private sector.

    The comments were made by Bharatiya Janata Party's Goa spokesperson Damodar Naik after the alleged inflammatory speeches made by Karnataka's Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande over demolition of illegal shanties in the Baina area in south Goa.

    Some of the shanties house Kannadigas and the minister's subtle warning threatened several thousand Goan IT professionals living in Bengaluru.

    "He should be arrested immediately and externed for making such statements," BJP spokesperson Damodar Naik told reporters at a press conference at the BJP state headquarters on Friday.

    He also claimed that Deshpande should know that there are many Kannadigas who had made Goa their home and were living peacefully.

    "Do not misunderstand my statement, but there are many of them (Kannadigas) living in Goa in their own homes and working in the private and government sector," Naik said.

    On Thursday, Deshpande had accused the BJP-led Goa government of trampling on the rights of some Kannadiga occupants of the over 285 illegal shanties, some of which have already been demolished and also warned that Goa should not forget that 20,000 odd of its young workforce are employed in the information technology sector in Bengaluru.

    "Your 15,000 to 20,000 young Goans are working as IT professionals in Bengaluru... don't ask any irresponsible questions," Deshpande said aggressively, when asked by the media about the emerging differences between Karnataka and Goa.

    Disagreements first arose over the alleged diversion of the Mhadei river water by the former and now over the demolition of shanties at Baina, located 45 km from Panaji.

    Deshpande was speaking to reporters outside the chief minister's residence in Panaji, where he had arrived to speak to Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on the demolition issue.

    Speaking to reporters later, Parsekar expressed shock at Deshpande's statement and said that the latter should not attempt to convert the issue into a Karnataka versus Goa affair, simply because there were people from several other states, including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Maharashtra living in the same slum.

    "Our people, whether they are in Bengaluru, Pune or Mumbai, have not encroached there, like (the encroachments) in Goa. They are well settled," Parsekar said, adding that politicians should desist from making inflammatory speeches.

    "Even those people living in the slums are not from Karnataka alone. They are from Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra (Pradesh), Chhattisgarh, but the law of the land applies to everyone. Therefore, please do not bring politics to this," said Parsekar.

    When asked if the BJP unit in Goa would file a first information report against Deshpande, Naik said: "We have asked the Goa government to take the strongest possible action... if the inflammatory statements continue we will..."

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  • Bengaluru: Archdiocese finally finds permanent solution for long-standing language issue

    Bengaluru: Promulgation of Particular Legislation based on the latest Directives issued by The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican, which will be the Language Policy for the Liturgy in the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

    The long-standing language issue in the Archdiocese of Bangalore has been a cause of great concern for us for over 40 long years. This issue has been discussed many times at various levels in the Archdiocese.

    To help find a permanent solution to this long-standing language issue, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican, had appointed 3 Bishops’ Commission on 7th March, 2012. And this Commission was asked to submit a Report after meeting with the clergy, religious and lay faithful in the Archdiocese. This said Commission had sent its findings and recommendations to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

    We all know the language issue is the main cause of our misunderstanding, disunity and animosity in the Archdiocese. Hence, last year, we chose the theme ‘Reconciliation’ to very earnestly pray for understanding, unity and reconciliation among the clergy, religious and lay faithful in our Archdiocese. As a result of our storming heavens, I am happy to inform you that the Priests’ Council (Senate) of the Archdiocese took up the long-standing language issue for discussion. To study this issue in detail and to propose pastoral-oriented recommendations, a ten-member Senate Committee was set up. The Committee members were given the following Five-point Criteria for their study:

    1. Liturgical guidelines given by the Church in its Documents;
    2. Cosmopolitan and multi-cultural scenarios of the Archdiocese;
    3. Language profile of our faithful in the Archdiocese;
    4. Pastoral responsibilities of the priests towards the faithful; and
    5. Promotion of language, culture, tradition to deepen people’s faith and to give impetus to evangelization and pastoral care in the Archdiocese.

    The Committee had met several times and discussed the prevalent issue based on the above terms of reference. It also proposed a few viable and practical recommendations to solve the language issue in the Archdiocese. Further, the recommendations of the Committee were also discussed in detail at the Meeting of the Priests’ Council held on 17th July, 2014, and the suggestions arrived at were unanimously accepted by the Priests’ Council. These recommendations were later
    circulated among all the Priests of the Archdiocese.

    On 27th August, 2014, the Members of the College of Consultors (except one member) approved in toto the Recommendations made previously by the Priests’ Council and signed the Document.

    It was later sent through the Apostolic Nuncio to India to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican, on 24th September, 2014, to study, to consider and to issue Directives.

    I am happy to inform you that The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, taking into account the 3 Bishops’ Commission Report, and the Archdiocesan Priests’ Council and College of Consultors’ Recommendations, has now issued the Enclosed Directives. The Official Letter dated 8th January, 2015 was sent to me through the Apostolic Nuncio.

    The Letter of Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio – Apostolic Nuncio, and the latest Directives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples are published in this Circular.

    Please take the time to read each of these Documents carefully and prayerfully.


    The Letter of Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio,
    The Apostolic Nuncio to India.


    1. “The principal language of the Archdiocese is Kannada, as stated in the Pastoral Handbook of the Archdiocese (2009). In all parishes of the Archdiocese, therefore, the principal language is to be encouraged in Masses and liturgical services and gradually introduced wherever it is
    not existing. While scheduling Masses, Kannada Mass could be given the prime time.

    2. The Archdiocesan common liturgical celebrations (celebrations that are not to be duplicated – Jubilee, Chrism Mass, Ordination etc), which the Archbishop presides will be held in Kannada, while making provisions for reading, singing and commentary in different languages that are
    prevalent in the Archdiocese.

    3. However, provision has to be made in our parishes for Masses and other liturgical services to be conducted in other languages, depending on the need of the congregation. This is simply because the language of the Liturgy should be in the language of the vast majority of people
    present at worship for their better understanding, participation and assimilation, “while keeping the schedule of Masses and the languages used in the existing parishes untouched”.

    4. Bangalore is a cosmopolitan City. There are large numbers of faithful who are migrants from other parts of State and Country and even abroad.

    Majority of our children are studying in English Medium Schools. English, being the universal language, should be used for Liturgy in all our parishes, especially in the city and semi-urban parishes.

    5. Therefore, it is the duty of the Parish Pastoral Council under the leadership of the Parish Priest to study and make a profile of the parish community and make proposals to the Archbishop who, taking into consideration the recommendations made by the Dean and also in consultation with the College of Consultors, will decide the schedule of the Masses and the languages to be used in every parish. The proposals should include policy for First Holy Communion, First Friday, Confirmation, Parish Feast Day Masses etc. The same policy should be followed not only in parishes, but also in institutions and mission units of the Archdiocese.

    6. When a new parish is erected and/or an existing parish is bifurcated, the Archdiocesan Boundary Committee will propose the parish limits and also the profile of the new parish.

    7. Directives issued by the Archbishop must be accepted and followed by all.

    8. Marriage, Funeral, Anniversary and other similar Celebrations should be in the language of choice of the parties concerned, and these celebrations are to be placed outside the fixed services of the parish. If the Parish Priest is unable to celebrate such a Mass, the parties, with his permission, could bring their own priest.

    9. The language of the priest’s Funeral Mass should be in English unless otherwise circumstances demand it.

    10. All issues should be solved in a cordial atmosphere with mutual respect, openness, dialogue and in consultation.”

    Dear Rev. Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Lay Faithful,

    Based on these latest Directives from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Letter of the Apostolic Nuncio (Prot. No. 7143/15), I, Bernard Moras, as the Archbishop of Bangalore, by virtue of Canon 391, exercise the power of legislation by enacting these above mentioned Directives in toto into Particular Laws for the pastoral welfare of the whole of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

    These Laws come into effect immediately. Any doubts of interpretation and/or implementation of these Laws will be done by the Archbishop alone, based on the Original Text.

    Now that the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has issued its latest Directives to solve the language issue in the Liturgy in the Archdiocese, and the laws have been promulgated, the previous laws promulgated through the Circulars No. 3/83 and No. 2/88, and other laws and regulations related to the language issue are hereby abrogated.

    Please bear in mind that we neither question the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples nor discuss these Directives anymore, but we will only find ways and means “through its wise implementation, with paternal and pastoral solicitude, the present atmosphere of contraposition and intolerance within the (same) diocese be overcome once for all” as exhorted by the Apostolic Nuncio in his letter.

    My earnest appeal to all the Archdiocesan Clergy, Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters, and the People of God is that let us make concerted and relentless efforts to implement these Laws with the spirit of goodwill and undivided obedience to our higher ecclesiastical authorities, and also strive to put an end to this long-standing language controversy in our Archdiocese.

    If all of us have the genuine pastoral care and Christian fellowship, we can certainly promote harmony, peace and unity in the Archdiocese. More than ever, this is an opportune time for us to come together with God’s help to do our best to revitalise our pastoral ministries for everyone’s welfare in the Archdiocese. If all of us have ‘the true Christian spirit’, and
    ‘live and let live attitude’, and ‘give and take policy’, we are sure to make the Church in Bangalore flourish and grow. I am confident of your fullest support and cooperation in realizing long cherished dreams of ours for unity, peace and solidarity in the Archdiocese.

    May Mary, our dearest Mother, and St. Francis Xavier, our Archdiocesan Patron, help us in this our common and focused mission.

    This particular legislation is promulgated on Sunday, 12th April 2015, on the Feast of Divine Mercy.

    I request all the Parish Priests, Priests in charge of the Mission Stations to read the entire Decree to the faithful in all the Masses on Saturdays (Vigil Masses) and Sundays of April – 2015.

    With best wishes and God’s blessings,
    Yours sincerely,
    @ Bernard Moras
    Archbishop of Bangalore
    Circular No. 131/2015 12th April 2015


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  • KPSC Exams : 2.67-lakh candidates to appear for 440 posts

    Bengaluru :  A record 2.67-lakh candidates will appear for preliminary exams on Sunday, April 19, across Karnataka for just 440 posts in three main state government departments, a senior official said here on Friday.

    "The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) is conducting the preliminary exams for gazetted probationers on April 19 across the state to fill up 440 posts in revenue, commercial taxes and police departments," KPSC's controller of examinations R. Venkatesh told IANS.

    The day-long exam will be held at 12 centres and 625 sub-centres in 10 districts and two taluks across the state.

    "As we have introduced frisking for the first time, the candidates are advised to carry only admission card and pen to the examination hall," Venkatesh said.

    The panel has appointed 125 class-1 officers as flying squads to ensure fair conduct of exams without any malpractice.

    "We have also appointed 45 IAS, IPS, IAF and KAS (Karnataka Administrative Service) officers as observers to monitor the peaceful conduct of exams," he noted.

    The KPSC has also arranged to videograph all centres to record the conduct of exams in fair manner.

    "As mobile handsets and electronic gadgets such as Bluetooth devices are not allowed in the exam centres, candidates are advised not to bring them, as they will be seized but and returned after the exam," Venkatesh noted.

    As a precautionary measure, police security will be provided at each exam venue across the state to maintain peace and law and order.


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  • KPSC recruitment scam: Suspend 9 members, Govt tells Governor

    Bengaluru: Law Minister T B Jayachandra on Friday said that the state cabinet has decided to write to the governor to suspend nine sitting and retired members of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) for their role in irregularities in filling 362 gazetted posts in 2011.

    Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, he said the government will also recommend to Governor Vajubhai Vala that he write to President Pranab Mukherjee to grant sanction for their prosecution.

    The Cabinet will recommend to the governor to suspend the sitting members of the KPSC, S R Rangamurthy, M Mahadeva, H V Parswanath, S Dayashankar and H D Patil and retired members B S Krishnaprasad, N Ramakrishna, Kaniram and the then secretary K R Sunder.

    Jayachandra pointed out while the high court had upheld the suspension of another member, Mangala Sridhar, there was a stay on her prosecution. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigated the case last year and submitted a report to the State government confirming corruption in the recruitment.

    Based on the report, the Cabinet had withdrawn the notification for the selection of 352 gazetted probationary posts for the year 2011 and decided to conduct fresh examinations. The KPSC scam came to light when a candidate, Dr Mythri, filed a petition about the malpractices in the recruitment process for KPSC gazetted probationers.

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  • DCIB police in action: Laptop thief trapped

    Udupi: In Hiriyadka Jurisdiction the Laptop thief is arrested by Udupi DCIB police and has detained Laptops from him.

    Rajendra Shetty (42) of Karkala Mudradi is the person who was indulged in Laptop theft.

    In a Astrology center belonged to Rajaram Adiga near Perduru Ananata Padmanabh Temple a theft had happened on 18 April where the Laptop was stolen.

    Udupi SP Annamalai, additional SP Santhosh Kumar led the team of DYSP Chandrashekhar, DCBI ASI Rosario D’Souza  trapped Rajendra Shetty at Hiriyadka Junction on 18 itself.

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  • Tulu Academy organizes book release ceremony.

    Mangaluru: Book release ceremony was held at Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Lalbhagh which were published by the academy.

    Rev Dr C L Furtado released the books on this occasion. The Tulu books on Bassel Missioneries were edited by Dr M S Durga Praveen and Benet G Ammanna. Lecturer Dr Mahalinga Bhat briefed about the books on this occasion.

    The event was presided over by president of Tulu Sahitya Academy M Janaki Brahmavara.

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    Rev Dr Honey Kebral, Principal,Karnataka Theological College Mangaluru, Professor A Subbanana Rai, from Hampi Kannada University were the chief guests on this occasion.

    Dr Narayaan Shetty released the book through Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, authored by N P Shetty.

    Registrar of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Chandrahas Rai B was present on this occasion.


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  • BSNL employees declare two-day nation wide strike - April 21-22

    Mangaluru  :  BSNL customers be aware! Two-days of service disruption of assorted kinds is fore seen April 21 and 22.  Faults in mobile networks may not get  attended  and skeletal functioning of customer service centers that attend to services may suffer.  BSNL employees across India are set to  go on a two-day nationwide strike.

    BSNL unions/associations of non-executives and executives have given a two-day strike call demanding that the union government and BSNL management take immediate steps for revival of BSNL and ensuring financial viability of the company. 

    The unions have already served a strike notice to the chairman and managing director of BSNL, secretary, department of telecommunications and minister of communications and IT on March 12.

    The District secretary, Sanchar Nigam Executives Association, Dakshina Kannada Telecom District told reporters here that the various unions of BSNL have been forced to go on strike after massive lunch hour demonstrations held on March 12 did not elicit any response from the authorities concerned. Employees also organized a ’Save BSNL Campaign’ holding circle level conventions and collecting signatures from people in support of their demands, he said.

    Asserting that the employees of BSNL were not fighting for any individual benefits, he said they have submitted a 21-points charter of demands to the ministry and management seeking to revive the company and give them an opportunity to serve the people better. These include immediate procurement of equipment, compensation to BSNL for loss making rural services, financial assistance to BSNL to expand services, and no merger of BSNL and MTNL in metros.


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  • State Govt releases Rs 50 lakh for 19th Federation Cup

    Mangaluru: The state government has released Rs 50 lakhs for the upcoming National Senior Athletics Championship 2015 which will be held from April 30.

    District in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai and Minister of State for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Fisheries K Abahychandra Jain handed over the cheque to A B Ibrahim, district commissioner here on Saturday April 18. They also inspected the ongoing preparations for the National tournament.

    The 19th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championship will be held on April 30 at the Mangala Stadium which will be inaugurated by bollywood star Sunil Shetty. The event will be held between May 1 to May 3, which will see a few more persons of national stature who would take part in the inaugural ceremony.

    The event will witness 700 athletes and 200 officials from all over the country.

    The four day event would cost around Rs 1.50 crore, with state government promising Rs 1 crore. Public sector undertakings, major private industrial units, public sector banks, deemed uiversities, builders and trade bodies donating to meet the remaining amount for the event. The MCC has sanctioned Rs 20 Lakhs for the event.

    Rooms in the circuit house and other guest houses would be used for accomodation. Around Rs 25.16 lakh will be spent for 300 accomodation rooms for the athletes, officials and guests in hotels in the city.


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  • Love failure led to Bhagyashree’s death: Police

    Belthangady:  Police investigation into the death case of Bhagyashree of Marody has found that love failure was the reason behind the death.

    However it has not been confirmed whether she was murdered or it was an accidental death. Police investigation found that Bhagyashree and Guruprasad, a relative of Bhagyashree were in love since many years. Both the families knew about this, it is said.
    But as Guruprasad developed intimacy with another girl, Bhagyashree was frustrated with this development. Police sources suspect this might have forced Bhagyashree to take extreme step. However, police doesn’t rule out the possibility of murder.

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  • Mangaluru: Road rage ends in brutal assault: four stabbed, five foreign nationals arrested

    Mangalore: In a bizarre development last night, four youth were stabbed and grievously injured in a fight between two groups. The incident occurred well past midnight in the basement of Veera Palace, a paying guest student hostel situated in Kodialguthu East locality of the city.
    Barke Police have arrested six individuals including five foreign nationals in connection with the incident. All the arrested persons are believed to be students. Three of the foreign national are Syrian pass port holders, it is learnt.


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    According to highly placed police sources, there was first an altercation between two groups over a minor incident of negligent driving. This happened close to a bar in Karangalpady area. One group comprised of foreign nationals who are students in a local college. The other group was made up of local youth. After hurling abuses at each other, the local youth who were few in number assaulted the foreign nationals and the foreigners fled to their accommodation at Veera Palace.
    Subsequently, all of a sudden the local youth regrouped into a bigger force and trespassed into the apartment complex for a second round of assault. In the ensuing fight, the foreign nationals retaliated with knife and four of the local youth suffered stab injuries, police sources explained.
    Soon afterwards, the police intervened and arrested six residents of the flat. Apart from the five Syrian and African students, the sixth person arrested is said to be a Keralite student. It is believed that he is a roommate of the foreign students and he had turned up to see what was happening after he heard noises. He too was arrested for being present on the crime scene. “This is a serious case of assault. In a mob incident, all persons present are held responsible. Hence we have rounded up all the persons involved and investigation is continuing,” said a senior police officer who is monitoring the case. 

    On investigation it was also found that one of foreign nationals was staying overtime in India even after lapse of visa and passport. The four people injured with stab injuries have been admitted to two private hospitals in the city and two of them have undergone minor surgeries on abdomen and chest. All are out of danger, the hospital sources have informed.

    Barke Police have filed an FIR naming the six as accused under various sections including IPC 307 for attempt to murder.


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  • Mangaluru: Bajpe-Karambar Realtor Mohammed Rafiq (61) Found Dead in Suspicious Circumstances

    Mangaluru: Mohammed Rafiq (61), a real estate entrepreneur from Bajpe Karambar, was found dead on the bank of Phalguni near the Pera mosque in Maravoor vicinity on Saturday afternoon.

    He had earned a name by having built residential complexes under the banner of ‘313 Builders’. Currently, the work on the extension and new toilets has been in progress. He was at the site to supervise the work earlier on the day. Sources close to him said that he had told his driver that a delegation from Kerala was to arrive there to hand over a donation and asked him to come around 3-30 pm to collect him.

    Accordingly, when the driver arrived at the mosque, Rafiq could not be found anywhere around. A search was made all around the premises but there was no use. Calls made to his mobile phone responded with ‘switched-off’ messages.

    People gathered and made an extensive search in different directions. Finally, his body was found on the bank of the river in a prone state, facing the ground.

    The cause of death is not known. Only a post-mortem examination could reveal the circumstances. The mosque sources said that his final rites would be held there on Sunday, Apr 19.

    He is survived by wife, a son and two daughters.


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  • Cricket issue: Two groups manhandle eachother, cases filed

    Mangaluru: Two separate complaints were filed in Kankandy police station in connection with an assault case in Adyar Padav on Saturday April 18.

    The fight erupted between two groups on a petty issue of cricket and as a result Yakub, Abdul Nazeer, Muhammed Mansoor and Tanzeer were seriously injured and were admitted to a hospital.

    It is said that Bifathumma, wife’s sister of Yakub who was living in a rented house in Adyar Padav near which some youth were playing cricket. As a result the ball used hit the roof of the house of Fathumma and few tiles were damaged.  She complained this with Yakub.

    When the youth came to play on the day Yakub had warned them not to play on that place. An argument broke between him and the other youth, namely Hanees, Tanzeer, Naufal, Thousif, Ashraf, Puche Ashraf, Mufid and Mansoor, who then manhandled Yakub, it is stated in the complaint.

    When Nazeer and Bashir both friends of Yakub were taking him to a hospital, he assaulters were standing near a shop. At that time soe friends of Yakub assaulted the assaulters of Yakub. As a result Mansoor and Tanzeer were seriously hurt.

    When Nazeer was returning in his rickshaw after admitting Yakub in Wenlock hospital some youth waylaid his rickshaw near Adyar Padav and thrashed him. He was later admitted to the hospital.

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  • Rane suffers humiliation in Bandra(E); NCP retains Tasgaon

    Mumbai (PTI): Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane today lost to ruling Shiv Sena’s Trupti Sawant in Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll, his second consecutive defeat in six months, raising questions over his fate in Congress.

    NCP nominee and late R R Patil’s wife Sumantai Patil won in Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal Assembly constituency of Sangli district by over 1.12 lakh votes as the Sharad Pawar-led party retained the seat. No major party had put up candidate against her.

    63-year-old Rane, who joined the Congress in 2005 after being expelled from Shiv Sena, has ironically tasted defeat in the constituency which is the home turf of Sena founder late Bal Thackeray and where party chief Uddhav Thackeray now resides at ‘Matoshree’.

    Trupti Sawant, whose husband Bala Sawant’s death necessitated the bypoll, secured 52,711 votes, retaining the seat for Sena. Rane garnered only 33,703 votes, losing by a margin of 19,008 votes. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) candidate Rehbar Khan was a distant third with 15,050 votes.

    This is the second defeat within six months for Rane, who lost last year’s Assembly polls from his home turf Kankavali in coastal Konkan region.

    Shiv Sena workers celebrated the defeat of the Congress heavyweight outside his residence and ‘Matoshree’ by bursting crackers, waving saffron flags and shouting party slogans.

    “I do not know what will happen to Rane’s career now but it is anybody’s guess. We were confident of Trupti Sawant’s victory. We have once again shown that there is no place for political opportunism in the country,” Sena MP Arvind Sawant told reporters here.

    It was the first electoral test for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine which formed the government after contesting the polls as rivals last year. Despite strains in their ties over a host of issues, BJP and Sena projected a united front to fight the Congress.

    Sena, for which the outcome is a morale booster as it came a year ahead of the crucial Mumbai municipal elections, bettered its performance over the last Assembly election by polling 11,827 more votes.

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar had also campaigned actively for Rane.

    For MIM, which claimed that it had turned the fight in Bandra (East) into a triangular one, the result showed a sharp decline compared to the 24,000 votes polled by its candidate in the last election.

    Knives are already out for Rane as his outbursts have riled many within the party. He made adverse remarks over the AICC’s decision to appoint former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as the MPCC president.

    On former MP Sanjay Nirupam being appointed as MRCC chief, Rane had said he was not a suitable candidate for the post and had even raked the Congress leader’s ‘north Indian’ origin.

    “Rane should leave politics for his two sons, who are already active in politics,” BJP minister Girish Mahajan said.

    Rane’s one son Nilesh is a former Lok Sabha member while the other Nitesh is a Congress MLA.

    Former AAP leader Anjali Damania suggested that Rane should take “political sanyas” after two consecutive defeats.

    If Rane had won the bypoll, it would have given the state Congress an aggressive face to take on BJP and Shiv Sena, according to observers.

    As chief minister (February-October 1999) in the Shiv Sena-BJP government and subsequently as revenue and industries minister in Congress-NCP government (2006-2014), Rane is known for his hold in administration.

    Not one to mince words, Rane often landed himself in trouble with his uncharitable remarks against the Congress leadership.

    In 2008, he was suspended from Congress for adverse comments against AICC leaders following their decision to make Ashok Chavan the Chief Minister to replace Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was removed following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

    The party position is the Assembly remains unchanged as both the Sena and NCP have retained their seats in the bypolls.


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  • Shiv Sena Suggests ‘Family Planning’ for Muslims, Christians in New Controversy

    MUMBAI: Days after it published a controversial column on voting rights for Muslims, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna has featured a provocative editorial claiming minorities needed to adhere to family planning as the “growing population of Muslims and Christians has become a threat to Hindus.”

    It objects to the word “sterilisation” or “nasbandi” and says it prefers “family planning,” backing similar comments made to much outrage by Sadhvi Deva Thakur, a leader of right-wing organisation Hindu Mahasabha recently.

    The Sadhvi had called for an “emergency” to force “Muslims and Christians to undergo sterilisation (nasbandi) so that they can’t increase their numbers.”

    “What she meant was family planning…She should not have uttered the word ‘nasbandi’. But family planning and population control are one and the same thing,” the Sena said in its editorial today, adding “even stray dogs cannot be sterilized forcefully, as Maneka Gandhi is standing up for them. But stray dogs later bite people.”

    It advocates smaller families for Muslims to stay “happy and healthy,” saying, “When we raise the demand for performing ‘nasbandi’ – sorry, family planning – it is in the best interests of the country and the Muslim community… With family planning, they will be able to feed and educate the children and live better lives…”

    The Sena has slammed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for his recent statement that Muslims are poor so they produce more children. “We are wasting time engaging in a useless debate on ‘nasbandi’ versus ‘family planning’… If nothing else, the Muslim leaders can at least sterilise their communal ideology and save the country,” it writes.

    On Sunday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut sparked a major controversy by saying in a column that Muslims in the country were being used for vote bank politics and that revoking their voting rights would solve their problems.

    As nation-wide criticism poured in, Mr Raut, who is Saamana’s executive editor and a member of Parliament, alleged he was “misunderstood.”


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  • Salman's blood samples were tampered with: Defence lawyer

    Mumbai : The defence lawyer in the 2002 hit- and-run case involving Salman Khan today alleged that Mumbai police "tampered with" the Bollywood actor's blood samples to establish he was drunk so as to frame him in a false case.
    Khan, accused of ramming his SUV into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others, is facing the charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'.
    His lawyer Shrikant Shivade argued that Bombay Prohibition Rules prescribe that a doctor has to decide whether to draw a blood sample from a person, and not the police.
    "In this case, Shashikant Pawar of J J hospital has deposed that police asked him to test the sample... This shows an unholy nexus between the doctors and police," said Shivade, making his final argument before sessions judge D W Deshpande.
    He also asked why Bandra police did not collect the blood samples at nearby Bhabha Hospital, instead of taking Khan to the government-run JJ Hospital in South Mumbai.
    "There is a mention that blood collection facility was not available there. Is this possible? Bhabha Hospital is a reputed hospital. It has an operation theatre and an ICU," Shivade said.
    The doctor who drew the sample was not wearing gloves, and he did not add anti-coagulants, which are used to prevent the collected blood from turning into semi-solid mass. Even the preservatives were not added, and in the absence of preservatives, there was a possibility of fermentation of the blood, Shivade said.


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  • Muscat: Splendid Celebration of Oman Billawas 4th Annual Family Get-together

    Oman: The fourth Annual Family get together marked a red-letter day for Oman Billawas. Almost 600 Billawas along with their families assembled at the Grand Hall, Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat, to celebrate the event with gaiety and fervor. The hall donned a festive look with the entrance grandly decorated by Guruprasad and team with banana stems, coconut bunches, buntings and flowers specially flown in from Mangaluru.

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    The day started off with ”Lighting of the Lamp” by the President and Managing committee members. Inaugurating the function, President, Ashok Suvarna welcomed all members and their families, while wishing them an enjoyable day.

    Winners of the Children Talent show held earlier along with the Judges were presented with Certificates of Merit and Mementos respectively. Shivagiri XI Cricket team who were the Winners and Billawa Challengers Cricket team who were the runners-up, of the cricket tournament held during the previous year along with their sponsors, were also awarded with medals and trophies by Ashok Suvarna. Similarly, trophies were presented to Gitesh Sanil, the Man of the Match and to Sukumar Anchan, the Man of the Series .

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    S K Poojary and Umesh Bantwal, Vice Presidents, in their key-note address commended Oman Billawas on the various activities and initiatives taken up in Oman as well as in India, while requesting all the members for better participation. Kushal Bangera, General Secretary, then presented the Annual report of activities undertaken during the previous year.

    Gangadhar Poojary, detailed the various sports activities conducted during the past year and also informed them about proposed forthcoming activities. Suhan appraised the members present on the good work done in helping the needy children in Mangaluru in furthering their education, by providing scholarships to 40 students during the year 2014-15. Sudhir Kumar from Sohar, in his address appreciated the initiatives of Oman Billawas, while assuring of continued support from their end.

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    Dr C K Anchan, Vice President took this opportunity to welcome the President, Vice Presidents and all the Committee members on stage, while highlighting the activities in which each one of them were involved. He also briefed the august gathering on various achievements of Oman Billawas in philanthropic activities like providing educational scholarships to children in Mangaluru, providing medical assistance to various members of the community in Oman as well as in India, etc. He called upon them to come forward in contributing their mite to enable Oman Billawas to continue supporting such noble causes.

    The Cultural activities commenced with a beautiful welcome dance by Gowri Poojary. The tiny tots from Sohar then presented a nice filmy dance which was followed by a rock-n-roll number by the Muscat kids, both of which had the audience captivated. The ladies from Muscat presented a group dance to the melodious Hindi film number ‘Manwa’, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The Sohar team then presented a ‘Bollywood couple dance’ which was enjoyed by all. ‘Nagada’ was the next filmy dance number performed by the Muscat ladies, which was also thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The next performance had the audience up in cheers watching the ‘Hip-hop dance’ by the Sohar Billawas. ‘Chill Yaar’, the next dance number – a Hindi filmy fusion dance performance by the teenagers from Muscat had the crowd mesmerized.

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    ‘Dark light act’, a unique play presented under UV light effects, was an awesome act by the Oman Billawas team, which had the audience asking for more. The next performance, ‘Fusion dance’ by Sohar group was a colourful presentation liked by one and all.

    The short Yakshagana ballet play, depicting certain interesting snippets from mythology in dance form was a wonderful performance coupled with authentic costumes of all the artistes, was a treat to watch and enjoy.

    “Premanathana Gammathu” was another dance ballet, presented by the Sohar team, with all the artistes dressed up in a variety of colourful attire putting up a great performance.

    The ”grand finale” to the day’s cultural activities was “Let’s be one”, an act involving all the artistes – kids, ladies and gentlemen- who had been involved in the day’s activities. Each of the performances was a treat to watch and was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the entire audience.

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    All the various dances and entertainment programmes were choreographed by Shalini Baburaj, Gokul Poojary, Sheetal Sudesh, Akshatha Amin, Neel Anchan, Hiten Poojary, Shreya Bangera and Karthik Kunder. The entire programme was conducted beautifully by the Master of Ceremonies – Suchethna Anchan and Umesh Jeppu, with able support and coordination from Prema Umesh, Neelkamal Anchan, Suvi Bangara, Kavitha Sanil, Manuja Suhan and Anitha Uppoor,

    Dr C K Anchan, Vice President delivered the Vote of Thanks.

    The finale was a sumptuous lunch buffet spread and served, which followed after an extremely enjoyable and memorable day for all the Oman Billawas and their family members.


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  • In rich Qatar, one eatery lets poor eat free of charge

    In a dusty corner of Qatar’s booming capital, a sign outside a modest restaurant popular with migrant labourers reads: “If you are hungry and have no money, eat for free!!!”

    Sixteen kilometres from the gleaming glass towers of Doha, one of the richest places on the planet, sits the “Industrial Area” of small-scale workshops, factories and low-cost accommodation.

    It is only a 40-minute drive south of the centre of the Qatari capital and its luxury shops, upmarket brands and expensive restaurants.

    But the “Industrial Area”, rarely seen by outsiders, is a different Qatar – one which provides essential labour and materials for the country’s massive and relentless expansion.

    It is at the margin of Doha life, both geographically and metaphorically, but home to a restaurant called Zaiqa doing something apparently unique for the oil-rich Gulf state.

    About three weeks ago the Indian brothers who own Zaiqa decided to put up a small makeshift sign offering free food to customers who cannot afford to pay.


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    “When I saw the board I had tears in my eyes,” said one of the owners, Shadab Khan, 47, originally from New Delhi, who has lived in Qatar for 13 years.”Even now when I talk about it, I get a lump in my throat.”

    He said the idea came from his younger brother, Nishab.


    The 16-seater eaterie stands on the prosaically named Street 23, sandwiched between another restaurant and a steel workshop.

    It is a busy area – opposite is a mosque and then a road where large trucks hurtle past.

    Inside, on brightly coloured tablecloths, “authentic Indian cuisine from the heart of Delhi” is served 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    A fish curry costs six Qatari riyals (S$2.26), an egg roast is three riyals and a spinach dish of Palak Paneer is 10 riyals – for those who choose to pay.

    The need for free food in Qatar is particularly acute among labourers and those working in heavy industry.

    It is estimated that there are anywhere between 700,000 and one million migrant workers in the tiny Gulf kingdom, out of a total population of 2.3 million.

    Rights groups have criticised companies in Qatar for not paying workers on time or, in some cases, not at all.

    The Qatari government, under pressure to introduce salary reform in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, vowed earlier this year to force companies to pay wages through direct bank transfers.

    Even those who do get paid will be intent on sending most of their money back home, said one of Zaiqa’s diners, Nepalese mechanic Ghufran Ahmed.

    “Many labourers earn 800-1,000 riyals per month. They have to send money back to home. It’s expensive here so there are people who need free food,” he said.

    Shadab, who is a filmmaker as well as a restaurant owner, said those asking for food are mostly construction workers from countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh.


    “We realise a lot of people out here do not get paid on time and do not have money, not even money to eat,” he said.

    “So there were people who would come here and just buy a packet of bread. And they would eat the bread with water.

    “So, we realised those people don’t have money for anything else. They just buy a packet of bread, which comes to about one riyal. So, we would try to offer them food.” But it is not easy, added Shadab.

    “Self-respect”, he said, means many refuse to take something for nothing.

    As a result, in the three weeks since the free food experiment started, “the number of people coming here to get free food is like two or three people a day at the most”.

    As if to emphasise Shadab’s point, two workers entered the restaurant while AFP was there but left in case their complimentary lunch should become public knowledge.

    In another sign of how people fuelling the Qatari boom are struggling to live, it was recently revealed that some Doha market workers were forced to live in their stalls as they cannot afford rents.

    For Zaiqa too, there is a black cloud on the horizon.

    The restaurant’s future is threatened by a dispute over rent with the property owner and may have to close down.

    Shadab and his brother have a different plan for their next restaurant.

    “We are putting a refrigerator outside, so this refrigerator won’t have a lock. It will be facing the road and it will have packets of food with dates on them,” he said.

    “So anybody who wants to take it, he doesn’t have to come inside.”


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  • Kuwait: Glam and Glitz Mark AAK Decennial Celebration and Women’s day

    Kuwait: The Agnesian Alumnae Kuwait (AAK) commenced its decennial celebration with a grand event “Glam & Glitz” to mark Women’s Day, at the Avanthi Palace Restaurant here on April 10.

    The celebration began with invoking of graces from the Almighty as Liturgical Secretary Lydia Misquith led the audience into prayer. The Founder and current President Diany Coutinho together with the Executive Committee cut the cake.

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    Women Empowerment was the theme for the event and as President Diany Coutinho welcomed all gathered, she briefed them about the Agnesian Alumnae Kuwait (AAK), a truly empowered group of women, who over the past 10 years have successfully supported the education of over 125 deserving students at graduation & post graduation levels at St Agnes College, Mangaluru.

    The highlights of the evening were a mesmerizing talk from Maria Coelho on women empowerment, some melodious singing by Shaila Lobo (Finalist of the GVOM- Season 4) and Sunita D’Silva (Semi-Finalist in Kuwait of GVOM- Season 4), a beautiful poem “Phenomenal Women” penned by Maya Angelou was recited by committee member Preethi Menezes. “Moga Savlli”- the female powered Konkani music album by Dilraj Rodrigues and Roshan D’Souza, Angelore was also released in Kuwait by Mrs. Diany Coutinho in Kuwait during the event. The release of the album befitted the theme of the event, as one of AAK’s active member and Ex-President, Reema D’Souza-Lasrado has rendered her voice as her maiden venture to the title song of the album.

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    Dynamic and talented ladies attended the event but it was Shaila Lobo who was crowned The AAK Glam & Glitz Queen for her vibrant personality, wit and poise. She walked away with a floral crown, sash and gifts.

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    The vibrant compere for the evening Ursula Lobo together with committee member Preethi Menezes conducted exciting games and activities to make the event a truly enjoyable one. A sing-song session led by Felcita D’Souza and group took the crowd back down memory lane as everyone joined in singing some songs of the yester-years. Cultural Secretary Bonita D’Silva rendered the vote of thanks. Reciting the grace Ex-President Jasmine Cutinha invited the guests for a sumptuous dinner arranged by Avanthi Palace Restaurant.

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    Feet tapping music provided by a young and rising star DJ Shane ensured that the women of all ages left their mark on the dance floor with moves from the good old disco nights to the latest bollywood hits. The event was well conducted by compere Ursula Lobo and the best moments of the event were captured through photography by yet another talented AAK member Delma Coutinho.

    As the scintillating “Glam & Glitz” evening came to an end, the guests left with appreciation of a well organized and enjoyable evening.


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

    By Deepti Rani.

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  • Railway overbridge causing nuisance to public in Kodakkal near Padil

    Mangaluru: The railway over bridge situated in Kodakkal near Padil, which comes on the Bengaluru to Mangaluru national highway 44 has been creating high nuisense for communters, from a very long period. The issue is that the bridge initially had an iron sheet covering under the tracks to prevent the toilet waste from dropping down to the road. But over a certain period of time due to lack of maintenance the sheet has been damaged.

    When the train passes right above the over bridge the toilet wastes directly fall over the vehicles travelling below. mean while some arrangements were done by locals to prevent this inconvenience to public. But the temporary arrangement dint last long.
    Few locals who are aware of this issue stop their vehicle and wait for the train to pass and then proceed further. While the others who are totally unaware of this get fooled thinking that it's the water being sprinkled over them.
    In a recent incident, a small stone from the stone laden goods train had fallen over the front wind shield of the car that was passing by the highway, reportedly damaging the front wind shield and leaving behind a loss to the owner of the car.

    The worst situation here is especially when the train stops right above the bridge, waiting for the Green signal from the nearby Mangalore Junction Railway Station. In this case, the Highway Communters are left behind with confusing if to move on or to wait till the train passes.
    It would be of great help to public if this issue is brought in to the notice of the concerned authority and measures are taken to prevent further problems or damages to the Highway Commuters.
    Media is one smart way to not only bring this issue to the notice of the concerned, but also to the Highway Commuters who are unaware of this incident.

    By: Deepti Rani

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  • Manipal Students Harrased by Police

    I am writing this to you as the media is the only system left that can provide justice for all in our country today. The politicians, the police, the authorities and sometimes even the law is corrupt. But among all this, Media remains to be the one system that speaks for the "little guy" and stands up for justice.

    I am writing to you concerning several cases of harassment of students by Manipal Police. Manipal is a university town sprawling with students from different states and countries. It is known to have a few drug problems as well it has a number of suicide cases of students taking their own lives after being intoxicated.

    Recently, A student had committed suicide due to drugs as claimed by the police and papers. The police have begun closing all restaurants and shops by 11:30pm so as to minimize movement around the area. They have also started searching suspected apartments for drugs and have caught many drug dealers. This is all commendable though the effort has started late.

    Over the past week, the police have beaten over 13 students walking back/to a friends apartment after 11:30pm. Students go to watch the last film which ends at 12pm and visit each others houses for group discussion and studies. The Manipal Police have been stopping students walking or on bikes and beating them without question. The police do not ask for students' Id cards neither do they ask any question as to where the student has been or is going. Numerous students stay in apartments as the Hostels are very expensive and visit each others houses for video games or studies. The police have started this brutal action the beginning of this week and everyone is too afraid of saying anything as the university has good relations with the police. Something needs to be done so that the police do not harass students in this way. Students are afraid of walking around. This has instilled fear in many. It is very unpatriotic and uncivilized for the police to catch students and beat them with sticks without questioning.

    I hope you will look into this as "Media" is the only source of justice left in this country.

    By- A Student of MANIPAL

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  • Be Aware...fraudulant companies around.

    I am Deepalaxmi from Mangalore, Karnataka. I have been following Your Channel from past decade. I request you to help me in one of the problem faced by many job seekers including me by one of the recruitment company below. I want you to take action against this so that no other individuals would be cheated in future by this company and also no other such fraudulant people can get guts to play with other people's money, time and talent.

    I have been cheated by the following company, which claims to be a job consultant. A lady called me and asked me to register my profile in their website: www.aapkacareer.com by paying Rs.1685/-, for which i have not received any confirmation mail. After that the call was transferred to another person who claimed himself to do profile verification for my profile and asked me to pay Rs.6180/- for the same, which was not intimated to me earlier.

    The Company has been cheating many people in the similar manner which i got to know later when i searched for the company in google.

    Request you to kindly take necessary action against this company and stop other people from being cheated by them. The company address is below:
    Telephone: 011-45671678
    website address: http://aapkacareer.com/index.php?route=common/home

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