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  • Kochi airport on high alert after terror threat

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

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

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

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



    Courtesy: Indiatoday

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  • Odisha BJP leader suspended for social media comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • India asks UNSC to enforce resolutions on countering terrorism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Pakistan violates ceasefire near Samba in Jammu

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

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

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

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

    Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on Oct.

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

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

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

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

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


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  • US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The AJC case against Modi filed during his recent visit to the US seeks  his prosecution under the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims  Protection Act for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots when he  was the state’s chief minister.
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  • Vatican's Message for Hindus during Deepavali Festival 2014

    Message forwarded by : Fr Cedric Prakash Sj

    Vatican City : As Hindus worldwide celebrate Deepavali or Diwali, the festival of lights, the Vatican has called on Hindus, Christians, followers of other religions and people of good to foster together a culture of inclusion  for a just and peaceful society.  In a message released on Monday,  the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter religious Dialogue wished Hindus worldwide for this year’s Diwali on Oct. 23.   “In the face of increasing discrimination, violence and exclusion throughout the world, 'nurturing a culture of inclusion' can be rightly seen as one of the most genuine aspirations of people everywhere,” wrote Council president, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran who signed the message. 

    Despite the several blessings of globalization, the message said that peoples, particularly the poor and marginalized have been excluded from the benefits of globalization, leading to various manifestations of discontent, discontent, uncertainty and insecurity.  Widespread materialism and consumerism have made people more self-absorbed, power-hungry and indifferent to the rights, needs and sufferings of others, leading to a "'globalization of indifference' and a 'culture of exclusion'. The exploitation of children and women, the neglect of the elderly, sick, differently-abled, migrants and refugees, and the persecution of minorities are sure indicators of this culture of exclusion.   The Vatican thus urged all to join hands to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.

    Below is the full text of the message:

    Dear Hindu Friends,

    - The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue joyfully greets all of you on the festive occasion of Deepavali, celebrated on 23 October this year. May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities, and may all your celebrations deepen the sense of belonging to one another in your families and neighbourhoods, and so further harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity.

    - We wish to reflect with you this year on the theme "Fostering together a culture of 'inclusion'". In the face of increasing discrimination, violence and exclusion throughout the world, 'nurturing a culture of inclusion' can be rightly seen as one of the most genuine aspirations of people everywhere.

    - It is true that globalization has opened many new frontiers and provided fresh opportunities to develop, among other things, better educational and healthcare facilities. It has ushered in a greater awareness of democracy and social justice in the world, and our planet has truly become a 'global village' due in large part to modern means of communication and transportation. It can also be said, however, that globalization has not achieved its primary objective of integrating local peoples into the global community. Rather, globalization has contributed significantly to many peoples losing their sociocultural, economic and political identities.

    - The negative effects of globalization have also had an impact on religious communities throughout the world since they are intimately related to surrounding cultures. In fact, globalization has contributed to the fragmentation of society and to an increase in relativism and syncretism in religious matters, as well as bringing about a privatization of religion. Religious fundamentalism and ethnic, tribal and sectarian violence in different parts of the world today are largely manifestations of the discontent, uncertainty and insecurity among peoples, particularly the poor and marginalized who have been excluded from the benefits of globalization.

    -The negative consequences of globalization, such as widespread materialism and consumerism, moreover, have made people more self-absorbed, power-hungry and indifferent to the rights, needs and sufferings of others. This, in the words of Pope Francis, has led to a "'globalization of indifference' which makes us slowly inured to the suffering of others and closed in on ourselves" (Message for the World Day of Peace, 2014). Such indifference gives rise to a 'culture of exclusion' (cf. Pope Francis, Address to the Apostolic Movement of the Blind and the Little Mission for the Deaf and Mute, 29 March 2014) in which the poor, marginalized and vulnerable are denied their rights, as well as the opportunities and resources that are available to other members of society. They are treated as insignificant, dispensable, burdensome, unnecessary, to be used and even discarded like objects. In various ways, the exploitation of children and women, the neglect of the elderly, sick, differently-abled, migrants and refugees, and the persecution of minorities are sure indicators of this culture of exclusion.

    - Nurturing a culture of inclusion thus becomes a common call and a shared responsibility, which must be urgently undertaken. It is a project involving those who care for the health and survival of the human family here on earth and which needs to be carried out amidst, and in spite of, the forces that perpetuate the culture of exclusion.

    - As people grounded in our own respective religious traditions and with shared convictions, may we, Hindus and Christians, join together with followers of other religions and with people of good will to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.

    We wish you all a Happy Deepavali! - Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President

    Contributed by : Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
    Director- Prashanth- a centre for Human Rights-Ahmedabad.

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  • Black money info will embarrass Cong: Jaitley

    New Delhi, Oct 22, 2014, DHNS: Hot on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand that the government will disclose names of some  persons under probe for stashing black money abroad, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday quipped, “the Congress would be embarrassed by the names when we reveal them in court.”

    Jaitley said in a TV interview that the government had never said that it would not reveal the names of Indians who have undeclared income parked in foreign bank accounts.

    All that the government said was that treaties with other countries forbid the disclosure of names till charges are framed in court, Jaitley said. He underlined that this process would not take much time.

    “Once we inform the court, the names will automatically be  in public domain. The media and Congress got this story all wrong,” he told NDTV, adding that it’s the Congress which needs to worry, not the BJP.

    Jaitley said the tax treaties that compel confidentiality at this stage of investigation were signed by the Congress government in 1995.

    A separate list of at least 500 Indians who held accounts at HSBC in Switzerland was scrutinised by the government, Jaitley said.

    “Switzerland has agreed to share information about those Indians against whom evidence has already been collected in India by tax officials. Given Switzerland’s confidentiality rules, this is a major breakthrough,” he said.

    The BJP came under flak from the Congress and other parties after the government told the Supreme Court that it cannot yet make public a list handed over by Germany in 2009 of Indians with accounts in the tax haven of Lichtenstein. The information cannot be disclosed until probe was completed and cases filed in court, the government had said.

    The Congress charged the BJP with hoodwinking the people by making black money one of its major poll planks in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections and promising to bring back the money from foreign banks.

    Rejecting allegations of a U-turn by the government, Jaitley  said the NDA government would not withhold any information, including the names of account holders.
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  • Bangalore's horror continues: 4-yr-old kindergarten girl raped

    Bangalore: The city's paedophiles struck again on Tuesday, this time brutalizing a four-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by staff at her school in Jalahalli. The city police top brass reacted swiftly, rushed to the spot in the night as soon as the complaint was registered, and have detained six people for questioning.

    Though the police have filed a case of rape and sexual assault under several sections of CrPC and Proctection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, they are still verifying whehter it was a sexual assault or a physical assault.


    The incident was allegedly reported as having taken place at Orchids The International  School near HMT Theatre in HMT Colony Sector-2 in Jalahalli police station limits.

    Police said that the girl, a kindergarten student in the school, complained of severe pain in her private parts after she reached home. Her mother found the child was bleeding profusely and took her to a private hospital, where the doctors examined the girl and informed the mother that her daughter had been raped. Immediately, the horrified parents went to Jalahalli police station and filed a complaint.

    "The police swiftly rushed to the school and alerted senior officials about the incident. Information was gathered  about the number of teaching and non-teaching staff in the school and we are investigating," the police added.

    A police source said that the girl told the parents that an 'uncle' misbehaved with her. This made police suspect the role of the non-teaching staff, although some teachers  have also been detained.

    City police commissioner, M N Reddi, said that the investigation was in progress even as he confirmed that the girl had been sexually assaulted on Tuesday. "We have detained six suspects and we are questioning them. We will find the man who did it," he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Now BBMP to provide a decent goodbye to your pet

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

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

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

    Genesis:

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

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

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

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  • Bangalore child rape case; school regulated nursery section illegally

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

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

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

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

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

    Progress on the Case:


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

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

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

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

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  • DG Rashmi asks police protection for ATI files

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

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

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

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

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  • Panaji: Russian Molested on Beach - and by Doctor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • CBI raids aide’s house in probe into ‘irregular’ RAW purchases

    New Delhi, Oct 23, 2014: The CBI registered an FIR on Wednesday against unknown officials of the Cabinet Secretariat and Special Frontier Force and three directors of Sai Baba Builders and Consultants, a private firm linked to former defence contractor Shambhu Prasad Singh, for alleged irregularities in supply of high-altitude pre-fabricated shelters to the SFF, a unit of the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW).

    Singh was named political attache to V K Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, for Ghaziabad from where the former Army chief was elected to Lok Sabha this year.

    FIRST IN THE EXPRESS: In rare directive, PM tells CBI to probe ‘irregular’ RAW purchases

    According to the CBI, the case was registered on the basis of a complaint it received recently from a Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. As reported in The Indian Express, the CBI had received a reference from the PMO seeking a probe into the alleged irregularities.

    The CBI claimed that repeated favours resulted in undue gain of Rs 21.6 crore to suppliers of the the pre-fabricated shelters. In the FIR, the CBI named three directors of Sai Baba Builders and Consultants — S P Singh’s wife Manjari, Shyam Sunder Bhatter and J P N Singh, but agency officials said S P Singh too was “very much under the scanner”.

    Searches were conducted at homes and offices in three locations in Delhi and NCR, including S P Singh’s house, and another in Kolkata where J P N Singh lives.

    Hours after the searches, S P Singh alleged that an arms lobby was targeting him to tarnish his political mentor.

     

    V K Singh

    He claimed that the contract went to his estranged wife and he had nothing to do with it. He also sought an investigation against a “high ranking army official” for his alleged role in the case under probe.

    “You need to investigate who was in charge of SFF during the relevant period. Today, the same officer is holding a high position in one of the defence services,” he told The Indian Express.

    “I am not associated with these companies. I have clarified in the past also. If my estranged wife for 15 years got a contract, how am I a beneficiary,” S P Singh said.

    Two companies under the CBI scanner are Dynamic Shells and Sai Baba Builders. Records of Dynamic Shells with the Registrar of Companies show that S P Singh
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  • India to send 50 names to Switzerland for probe

    New Delhi, October 23, 2014:  A week after a high-level delegation of the revenue department met Swiss authorities in a bid to persuade them to assist with details of the 700-odd Indians who are reported to have bank accounts with the HSBC Bank in Geneva, the NDA government is set to send the first batch of 50 names to Switzerland.


    “The Swiss authorities have agreed to confirm the authenticity of the HSBC list. This is a breakthrough in the investigations,” said a senior government functionary. “As the first step, we will send the names of 50 account holders to Switzerland and ask them to confirm if these accounts exist. That will be our confirmation.”

    Some details of the 700 HSBC account holders, as first reported by The Indian Express, were obtained by India in 2011. The Swiss government has since been denying any more details, saying that the request dealt with data stolen by an HSBC employee and that their local laws do not permit information exchange where a possible criminal angle could be invoked.

    But a joint statement released in Berne last week, after Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das met Swiss State Secretary for International Financial Matters, Jacques de Watteville, said: “The Swiss authorities would assist in obtaining confirmation on genuineness of bank documents on request by the Indian side and also swiftly provide information on requests related to non-banking information… the Swiss competent authority will provide the Indian side with the requested information in a time-bound manner or else indicate the reasons why the cases cannot be answered within the agreed timeline.”

    The high-level delegation led by Das included Chairman of the Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) K V Chowdary and Joint Secretary (Foreign Taxation and Tax research) Akhilesh Ranjan.

    As recently as March this year, the Swiss authorities had declined to cooperate with India, even in cases where the Income Tax department had gathered evidence through independent investigations. The then Finance Minister P Chidambaram had written to his Swiss counterpart that further non-cooperation could effect bilateral ties between the two countries.

    He had said that since India had confirmed tax violation issues existed for several among the list of 700 HSBC bank account holders, Switzerland should assist with banking transfer and account balance details under provisions of the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention signed between the two countries.

     

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  • MoEF gives nod for expansion, development of Hubli airport

    Hubli: An Expert Appraisal Committee under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has accorded green signal to the expansion and development of an airport at Hubli in Karnataka.

    However, the committee has sought additional details to give environmental clearance for development of airport at Belgaum. Both the airports are run by Airports Authority of India (AAI).


    "After deliberation, EAC recommended the proposal (for environmental clearance) with the following conditions in the EC letter for strict compliance by the proponent (AAI)," the EAC said in the minutes of the meeting.

    The EAC in its meeting held in August 2014 noted that the existing and predicted noise levels presented by the AAI appeared to be 'unrealistic' and hence wanted them to be re-examined  during the aircraft 'landing and takeoff' and 'compare and validate' the values with the predicted noise levels by appropriate modelling.

    Based on details submitted by the AAI, the EAC, in a meeting held last month cleared the expansion program of the Hubli airport.In case of Belgaum airport, the AAI approached the MoEF to upgrade and modernise the existing airport to facilitate operations of four flights of A-321 aircrafts per day.

    Currently, it handles ATR-72 aircraft only.An MoU has been signed between the state goverment and AAI for the modernisation of Belgaum airport. The area of the existing airport is 360.34 acres and additional land having 370 acres area has been provided for the expansion phase by the state government. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 293.35 crore.

    Belgaum city has been identified as having potential for air connectivity based on criteria of population, economic potential and educational hub.

    The modernisation of the existing airport is expected to trigger growth in the region by providing additional employment facilitating growth of ancillary industries and trade centres.

    The EAC has asked the AAI to come up with details of likely impact of all the developments, on the unobstructed flow in natural drains, and measures taken to avoid flooding and submergence in neighbouring areas.

    The airport will be developed for safe operation of A-321 aircraft by development of a new runway and a terminal building to handle 200 peak hour passengers, apron, air traffic controller, runway end safety, apron, isolation bay, fire fighting equipments, rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment plant etc.

    The airport is presently handling 13,778 passengers annually which is expected to increase to 92,590 by 2022-23, the AAI said in its application for environmental clearance.

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  • CM announces raise in compensation to martyrs

    Bangalore: The Chief Minister Siddharamaiah announced that compensation to Police personnel, who attain martyrdom while fighting terrorists and naxals would be raised from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh besides announcing that compensation to those being rendered physically unfit during operation from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.10 lakh.

    Speaking after paying homage to Martyrs at CAR Grounds in city on the occasion of Martyr’s Day, the Chief Minister said that compensation to those injured during anti-terrorist and anti-naxal operation will be hiked from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 2 lakh.

    Continuing, Siddharamaiah said that Group Insurance Scheme, which hitherto had been limited for constables and Head Constables, will be extended to ASIs and SIs with the Insurance amount raised from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh and added that the new proposal will benefit 83,939 Police personnel as it is found that many personnel are facing health problems like Blood Pressure and kidney related ailments.

    Police Public Schools: Stating that Police Public Schools have been set up at places like Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli, the CM added that Police Public Schools would be set up at Davanagere, Bellary, Gulbarga and Udupi at an estimated cost of Rs. 15 lakh each.

    He also said that Police quarters were being built for 11,000 Police personnel and 740 officers at a cost of Rs. 1818 crore and assured personnel taking part in anti-naxal and anti-terrorist operations, ultra modern arms, vehicles and necessary back up staff will be provided to them.

    Siddharamaiah also disclosed that out of 659 personnel who laid down their lives protecting the country, 10 were from the State of Karnataka.
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  • MLA J.R. Lobo lays foundation for Rs 2.31 cr worth road development projects

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



     

    MLA JR Lobo

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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  • 18 students of Pompei High School to write SSLC exams in Tulu

    Mangalore, Oct 24, 2014 : In a welcome move, as many as 18 students of Pompei High School at Urva have come forward to write the SSLC exams of 2014-15 in Tulu.


    The names of the students and the model exam papers have already been submitted to the SSLC Board and the same is awaiting approval.

    It may be recalled here that introduction of Tulu as a third language in schools was approved by the Government in the academic year 2010-11.


    Though Tulu text books were prepared  at the initiative of the Tulu academy and distributed to schools which requested the same, there was not much of an enthusiasm among schools  as well as students to take up Tulu study as a third language.

    The 18 students who have now opted to write SSLC in Tulu are being trained by teacher Dinesh Shettigar.

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  • Blood donation camp by VHP on November 2

    Mangalore, Oct 24, 2014: Vishwa Hindu Parishad,  State Working President Prof M B Puranik has said that various programmes will be organised to commemorate the golden jubilee celebrations of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.   Speaking to mediapersons, Puranik said that blood donation camp will be organised to mark the occasion on November 2.

    The blood donation camp is organised in keeping with  nearly one lakh donors country wide, expected to donate blood.

    He said in Karnataka 30 blood donation camps will be held  and around 10,000 units of blood will be collected. Ten blood donation camps will be organised in erstwhile Dakshina Kannada region and the target is to collect 3,000 units of blood. The camps would be held at Udupi, Karkala, Kundapur, Madikeri, Sullia, Belthangady and Hosangady. Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerndra Heggade will inaugurate the blood donation camp at Sharada Vidyalaya in Mangalore, he added.

    He said a convention for seers will be organised at Siddhaganga mutt in Tumkur on November 11 and 12. Around 500 to 800 seers are expected to take part in the conference. Veteran seer Shivakumar Mahaswami will inaugurate and the Swayam Sevak Dal coordinator Mohan Bhagavath will deliver the keynote address on the occasion and Vishwa Hindu Parishatd chief Ashok Singhal will deliver the valedictory address, he said.

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  • Beltangady: Man from Kalenjibail Reportedly Shot Dead in Saudi Arabia

    Beltangady: K K Abubaker, son of Abdulqader, in his mid-forties and hailing from Kalenjibail Karappady in Puttila village in the taluk, is said to have been shot dead by an unidentified gang at Isra of Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he was employed, on Tuesday, Oct 21, said his family sources.

    He is survived by parents, wife, three daughters and two sons.

    He had been employed there for about 15 years. When he did not turn up on the day, his friends tried to contact him. But his mobile phone was responding with a 'switched-off' message.

    They came over to his accommodation only to find him lying dead nearby. He had gunshot wounds in the neck.

    He is said to have had about 4,000 Saudi Riyals and other valuables with him which he had kept during the Umrah pilgrimage. The killing could have been for money, it is suspected.

    He had earlier planned to arrive in India on Oct 28 and booked the air ticket four months ago to prepare for the marriage of his first daughter who is already engaged. But there was no substitute for him at the place of employment, hence the leave was delayed.

    He had phoned his wife on the morning of Oct 21 to inform that his departure could be delayed by about 10 days. It is thought that the killers arrived there soon thereafter.

    Holding of firearms is restricted in the Kingdom and could be a privilege of highly influential few. It could be the handiwork of the local thugs holding unauthorized weapons, said sources.

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  • Udupi district stadium to get 2 crore development: Jain

    Udupi, Oct 24, 2014:  Speaking at state-level women’s sports meet organised by Udupi district administration, Zilla Panchayat, Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) Mission at Ajjarakadu Mahatma Gandhi district stadium, Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Fisheries Abhayachandra Jain has said that Udupi district stadium will be developed at a cost of Rs two crore.


    He informed that the synthetic track in Udupi district is a model for the entire state. For the development of district stadium, Rajya Sabha member will release Rs one crore and the State government will release Rs one crore. Under MPLAD, a sum of Rs 50 lakh has already been released.

    The Minister said that the State government has given Rs 25 lakh to Poovamma and Rs 15 lakh to Vikas Gowda for winning medals at Asian Games at Incheon.

    The work on a fullfledged swimming pool is in progress in Udupi district. Rs 20 lakh has been released for a swimming pool in Karkala. The State government has been supporting the sports talent and the government will appoint physical education teachers.

    Jain said that quality food is being supplied at all the sports residential schools in the State. The government has decided to host a national-level inter-university sports meet at Swaraj Maidan in Moodbidri in January 2015. National level Rajeev Gandhi Khel Abhiyan sports meet will be held at Udupi from December 18 to 20.

    District-in-Charge Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake said that there is a need to support sports persons. International athlete Apsara Rohith Kateel inaugurated the sports meet. MLA Pramod Madhwaraj presided over the programme.


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  • Mangalore: MRPL Clarifies on Wrong News Published by Some Media

    Mangalore: Some media have projected MRPL in a wrong way on October 19, which is far from the truth. By misrepresenting or projecting distorted facts a scare is being created amongst the already anxious people of surrounding areas of MRPL, besides corroding the credibility of a National PSU.

    The following facts and pictures below are are issued by MRPL on 21 October 2014.

    One major allegation is about the sulphur dust flying from the Sulphur Recovery Unit at Phase 3.

    Fact: MRPL has 3 other SRUs that have been operational since 2000 and there has never been any cause for comapliant. Sulphur from Phase III is pelletised and sold as pellets. Even so, sulphur present here in elemental pure amorphous form is denser than air, and therefore does not fly.

    As you can see the sulphur in the yard is lumpy and kept moist (it is a requirement) and so there is no question of any dust flying. Besides this form of sulphur is odorless.

    The Jokatte Panchayat Office and the hospital frequented by the labour and local people are sometimes in the wind direction from the SRU Phase 3.

    Allegation: Skin diseases have gone up due to suplhur dust, noise pollution, foul smell.

    Fact: Noise silencers have been installed and the noise levels monitered daily. They are well within limits. However during commissioning of the SRU as part of the start up there was a louder noise and some smell did waft across. But now the Unit has stabilised. There is nothing to fear of any gas.

    Fact: leak or toxic air.

    Hospital doctor admitted that there are lot of cases of “contact dermatitis”, particularly

    amongst the labour who seem to be crammed into small rooms and untidy surroundings. As you know contact dermatitis is caused and spread by bad hygiene. Clearly there is no link to pollution. Though the doctor says there are respiratory diseases there is no definite link to MRPL; it could be a seasonal issue related to rains and weather, he admits. It could be because of the stagnant water and poor waste management too in the village.

    Allegations and Fear about coke dust from the Delayed Coker Unit and Coke yard.

    Fact: The entire unit is designed to prevent coke dust from flying. As you can see conveyor belt covering work is underway at the trasnfer points. The coke is different from coal (free of ash) and comes as mosit lumps. This again is run through water inlets to keep it semi-wet at all times. There are sprinklers in the coke pit to keep it moist even when stored in the sun. A green mesh net cordons off the area. All this is part of original design to prevent even stray instances of dust and not a reactive step.

    But now even the boundary wall will be screened off with over 15 feet high nettting as additional precaution due to the villagers anxiety.

    One major allegation is that a lake is being polluted by MRPL pumping out effluents and
    polluted water.

    Fact: The site grading and the new road has caused water to collect in this low lying area.
    MRPL is not pumping out any effluent here FOR SURE.

    The water that collects here is from rain and storm water drains Refinery has no contribution here. The fauna and the palms are affected by the stagnation and poor flow of water. Not due to any petroleum slick or pollution.

    Storm water and springs from MRPL leading to Marshy area is monitored regularly by our Environment Dept and KSPCB.

    MRPL welcomes any third party to test this water.

    From the “lake” water crosses over to the other side and moves to Gurupur River. There is backflow here which causes salinity.

    This water has some scum from decaying matter and therefore froths at the point of fall.

    Marshy area: samples were collected from Marshy area at various location along with KSPCB on 13-10-2014. It can be derived from the analysis that MRPL effluent is not present even in traces in this “lake”. Dark green colour of the water observed from the top is due to rich algae growth, might be because of nutrient present in untreated sewage from the nearby villages.

    Thick vegetation of mangroves indicates, brackish water presence. The brackish water is due to the back flow from Gurupur River during high tide.

     

    From the “lake” water flowing to Gurupur River. This water is black possibly because of the decay in the content and possible garbage dumping and untreated sewage. No contribution from MRPL.

     

    Fact: A view of Phase III DCU from the Jokatte village. The sheer size and the partial info on the coke movement is adding to the fear of pollution even when there is no coke movement as work is on.

    Allegation: Due to the pollution many residents have abandoned their homes and moved to other places.

    Fact: The owners of these neglected and old houses have rented out the place to labour and moved to newly built modern houses – some of them to the colony above this area. The house closest to the Refinery.

    In a state of disuse and badly kept. The rooms seem to lodge labour. Eggs, onions, soiled clothes heaped in a pile were visible.

    A view of Phase III DCU from the backyard of one of the neighbouring houses that currently is a lodge to labour.

     

    Rear side of an “abandoned house” next to the refinery.

    Another "abandoned house": The lane leading up to the a new colony has many houses on either side. These are occupied by local residents. Some of the wells in this area are covered with fallen leaves etc though water is being pumped up.

    Allegation: Sulphur has contaminated the ground water and the drinking water wells have a red and yellow sheen.

    Fact: Open wells: The sheen observed in the open well spotted in some media is due to high iron content as can be seen in the analysis carried out. Also it may be noted that the well which is not used for a couple of weeks will also appear covered by a reddish sheen.

    Generally iron content in the water is found in nearby villages are due to Laterite soil. Dust due to vehicle movement will also contributes.

    View of a well in the house next to MRPL boundary wall. It is in such a bad state from neglect though water is being pumped out for use. Environment Dept has tested the water from this well too. Results are available.

    Fact: Open well water sample collected from Ahmed Bava residence (adjacent to coke lay down area) and Seetharam Acharya (adjacent to phase 3 premises ) on 17-1-2014 & 8-10-2014.

    Following parameters analysed - pH, total hardness, chloride, sulphate, Floride, Iron, Nitrate, TDS, phenol, oil. All the parameters are well within the limits. Same is meeting WHO standard

    for Drinking water. Main pollutants from oil Refinery like oil and phenol are not at all detected, which indicate no water pollution due to Refinery Operation.

    The well in the previous slide belongs to this house.

    There was a strong smell of petroleum in the vicinity of this house and we traced it to a genset that is used in the open that spews “smelly” exhaust.

    Another ‘abandoned house’ with all the washing hung up by the lady of the house. This is next to the house with the genset.

    Water from Hand Borewell: Samples collected from hand borewell - which is located about 200 meters away from MRPL phase 3 compound wall (Thokur-Jokkate) every month along with the KSPCB.

    Analysis indicates all parameters are well with in the limits.

    The new colony at the end of the row of abandoned houses. They are demanding that land be acquired because of all the pollution.

    Fact: There is anxiety and fear about the sounds and sights that were part of the commissioning as they don’t understand the processes.

    MRPL has been making continuous efforts to ensure safety and protection of the environment and to sensitise the local populace.

    Based on the feedback, now more focussed awareness campaigns will be undertaken to assuage any unfounded fears of the local community, and step up interaction with them.

    Respiratory problems due to Phase III

    Fact: The dust rising from the roads are not caused by MRPL, but by people and vehicle movement. On a dry hot day there is much dust in the air as is clear from this phone camera picture.

    At MRPL Ambient air quality is being monitored (in and around the Refinery) at seven locations that includes Permude village, Ganeshpura village, Benkinatheswara temple and Perare village.

    Continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations are at two locations inside the Refinery
    also.

    Analysis indicates all parameters are well within the limits. And our township (more
    than 700 families stay here) is inside the refinery area and there is no such complaint amongst the residents ...

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  • Mumbai: Karnire Vishwanath Shetty Elected President of Bunts Sangha

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Woman techie goes missing

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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  • Indian man reunited with family after 40 years in Dubai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advisors                          : Leo Rodrigues
                                            Dolphy Vas
                                            Valerian D'Almaida

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

    ABOUT KCO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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


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

    DA. RA. BENDRE AWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    THE ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL EVENTS:

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

    HONOURING OF KANNADA STUDENTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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