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  • India Gets its First Transgender TV News Anchor: Report

    New Delhi: A television news station has recruited the country's first transgender news anchor, five months after a court ruled that transgender people be recognised as a legal third gender, a newspaper reported on Friday. Padmini Prakash, 31, who works at Lotus News in Tamil Nadu, told the Times of India that she had faced a lot of discrimination throughout her life, including being disowned by her family. She worked as a dancer and then acted in Tamil soap operas before joining the news channel. Prakash said it was daunting to take such a high profile role. "I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me," said Prakash. Campaigners say there are hundreds of thousands of transgender people in India but because they were not legally recognised, they have been ostracised, faced discrimination, abuse and often forced into prostitution. In April, Supreme Court recognised transgender as a legal third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. India was not the first country to give legal recognition to the transgender community. Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh have also legally recognised a third gender. Prakash became so popular with viewers after joining the station last month that she was quickly promoted to become the face of the Coimbatore-based Lotus News Channel's daily 7 p.m. special bulletin. "We are very supportive of Padmini .... after initial trials, we were convinced that she had the potential to be an excellent news anchor," Lotus News Channel Chairman G.K.S. Selvakumar told the newspaper. ...

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  • Google buys company behind the robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

    U.S, Sep 20, 2014: Google announced yesterday the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a company that builds military robots - though no one knows what the search engine has planned for the cyborgs. Wanna race? Google recently purchased robotics company Boston Dynamics, which has developed a robot that can run faster than the fastest human This was the eighth robotics acquisition in the past sixth months. The initiative is headed by Andy Rubin, the executive responsible for leading development on the Android smartphone, who says the project is a ’moonshot’ and that product development is still several years away. Up until their purchase by Google, Boston Dynamics was making research robots for the Defense Adanvanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. government agency responsibly for developing new military technologies.

    Slipping and sliding: The Boston Dynamics robot named Big Dog can cover all types of terrain, and is pictured maintaining balance even on a sheet of ice

    Fast one: WildCat is another of Boston Dynamics’ super fast robots. WildCat isn’t as fast as Cheetah, but can cover a variety of terrains Google would not say how much they paid for the company and will not be releasing financial information. They said the company will fulfill all current government contracts, but that Google will not be taking on any more military work.

    Boston Dynamics was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts by ex-MIT professor Dr Marc Raibert in 1992. Since then, they have been developing animal-like robots that can travel faster than the fastest human, and even cover difficult terrains like snowy hills and icy roads. ...

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  • Haryana: Is Robert Vadra no longer an issue in Assembly elections?

    New Delhi: The son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi was the 'biggest' political issue in Haryana, just six months ago. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal went to town attacking Vadra for his alleged land deals in Haryana. Many AAP leaders repeatedly made it clear that Vadra will be the most 'important' election issue in Haryana. The AAP literally forced even the BJP to take up Vadra issue ahead of recent Lok Sabha elections. However, the AAP lost the Lok Sabha elections very badly. It lost all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. Prof Yogendra Yadav, its best known face after Kejriwal himself lost deposit from the prestigious Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat. After the most humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP seems to have lost its base across Haryana. The party which was hoping to dethrone the Hooda-led Congress government in the Assembly elections is not even in a mood to contest the polls. Haryana: Is Robert Vadra no longer an issue in Assembly elections? According to a report, Aam Aadmi Party has decided not to contest in the Haryana state election and is now eyeing the various Municipal Corporation elections in the state. Prof Yogendra Yadav said that the party leaders had unanimously decided not to contest Assembly election to focus on Delhi elections. But the party would continue to take up issues in the state. Prof Yadav said, "There is no reason why we should not contest the municipal elections in the state. The decision to refrain from the state elections was taken as they coincided with probable elections in Delhi. However, we will try our best to reach out to the voters of Haryana." Party volunteers claim that the party would now, once again, try to establish itself from the ground level and increase the member base of the party. Since the AAP is out of fray, the main fight is between the ruling Congress, main opposition the Indian National Lok Dal and the BJP which is confident of coming to power in Haryana on its own. Both the INLD and the BJP are attacking the alleged massive corruption by the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Robert Vadra. But, they are not focusing only on the Vadra issue. Instead they are questioning the Hooda government's achievements. Issues like power, water, housing, employment, farmers' plight and other things are dominating the poll scene. Whatever may be the public perception, Robert Vadra has always maintained that he is being attacked because of his relationship with the Gandhi family. He has also got reprieve from various courts. The Delhi High Court recently dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding a CBI probe into the allegations against Vadra. It has come as huge relief for the Congress party. Controversial IAS officer and whistle blower Ashok Khemka is also not saying much about Vadra these days. According to a veteran journalist in Haryana, the Vadra issue may not have much impact in the elections, even if the opposition parties make it big. He said "people know that all political parties are corrupt. One individual can't be the sole factor. The 90 Assembly seats in Haryana have 90 entirely different local issues. Caste plays the biggest role, not corruption". The BJP wants to fight the election promising a clean administration and the Chautalas' INLD wants to directly target Hooda. The disappearance of the AAP from political scene has come as a huge relief for the Congress in Haryana. But, the opposition parties are alleging that the AAP has decided not to contest to help the Congress. But, the AAP claims that it will eat into the opposition votes, if it contests, helping the Congress to win and the question of it helping the Congress does not arise at all. Finally, some good news for Vadra and Congress in Haryana. ...

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  • Sachin Tendulkar sends relief material to Jammu and Kashmir

    New Delhi, Sep 20, 2014: Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday sent relief material of Rs.15 lakh for Jammu and Kashmir flood victims. He also sanctioned Rs.25 lakh from his constituency development fund. According to reports, two trucks full of relief material have reached Jammu. The material includes water purifiers and medicines. He will also send more relief material. Though the water is receding, people of Jammu and Kashmir are in a grave danger of epidemics and water-bourne diseases. Lakhs of people have been displaced after the floods ravaged the state including its capital Srinagar. Army carried out a massive relief operation to rescue people from the submerged areas. ...

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  • A few good men: 3 boys in Hyderabad find ATM door opened with Rs 25 lakh cash, inform police

    Hyderabad: In a strange incident in Hyderabad, the cash door of a State Bank of Hyderabad ATM was found open due to technical problem. The incident was reported by three boys staying in nearby hostel on Friday night. The boys had gone to withdraw money from the ATM in SR Nagar in Hyderabad when they noticed opened ATM. The boys immediately informed the police. The police recovered Rs 25 lakh cash from the open ATM. They have now closed the ATM and informed teh bank officials. Investigation is on to find the person responsible for the mistake. ...

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  • Fireworks light Incheon sky as Asian Games ceremony begins

    Incheon (South Korea), Sep 19 (IANS) A fusillade of fireworks marked the start of the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium here Friday. Fireworks lit up the sky here after a glittering sound and light show enthralled the packed stadium. Schoolchildren from South Korea holding rings started first act of the evening, followed by a visual narrative on the creation of the universe. A ship sailed through the stadium telling the story of how the continent of Asia was created, then separated with a well choreographed routine performed by a dance troupe. In continuation, how the sea connected the continent with the rest of the world was depicted. Gangnam style performer PSY and pianist Lang Lang are among those to regale the jam-packed audience of 62,000 later in the event. The Indian contingent has 516 athletes and 163 coaches and support staff. India will be participating in 28 disciplines. Men's national hockey team captain Sardar Singh has been bestowed with honour of being the flag-bearer. A total of 13,000 athletes will take part in 439 events. ...

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  • Mystery shrouds death of Tihar inmate

    New Delhi: A Tihar inmate was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside his jail cell, officials said on Friday. Rinku Juneja, 27, who was lodged in jail No.1 in a robbery case, was found dead Thursday evening by another inmate, jail officials said. Juneja was lodged in Tihar two weeks ago. His family members have alleged that he was murdered by someone inside the jail. Jail officials said that they have ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case. This is the fourth death in Tihar prison in the past three weeks. ...

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  • Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says PPP will get back entire Kashmir from India

    Islamabad, September 20, 2014: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will get back the "entire Kashmir from India because like other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan", PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told party workers on Friday. Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region, according to a report on Saturday. "I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan," the report quoted the scion of the Bhutto family as saying. Former Pakistani prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Asharaf were also present at the event. Bilawal has announced plans to contest the next general elections in 2018. His mother, former slain premier Benazir Bhutto, was twice elected as prime minister while his maternal grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who founded the PPP in 1967, also served as prime minister in 1970s. Bilawal’s father Asif Ali Zardari was Pakistan’s president from 2008 to 2013. ...

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  • Vatican security doubled over possible terror attack

    Vatican City: Security around St Peter's Square in Vatican City has been doubled due to concerns about possible terrorist attacks targeting Pope Francis or the Vatican. Additional Italian police personnel were deployed across the city, ANSA news agency reported. Last week, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Italy and Rome, as the cradle of Christianity, were not "non-secondary" targets of the Islamic State (IS) group. However, Alfano also stressed there was not as yet any "investigative evidence of terrorist plans in our country". Pope Francis will be travelling to Tirana, the capital city of Albania, Sunday amidst tight security. ...

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  • Young Indian architect named 'leader of tomorrow' by Time magazine

    Bangalore: A 28-year-old Indian architect has been named "young leader of tomorrow" by Time magazine for his pioneering work in designing affordable flood-proof houses for slum dwellers. Alok Shetty is among "leaders of tomorrow" who are "working hard to change their worlds on Saturday," Time said as it named six inspirational young persons in its first class of "next generation leaders". Time said Shetty is "building hope in India" as an architect who is "finding simple solutions to complex problems." Young Indian architect named 'leader of tomorrow' by Time magazine Shetty, working with the Bangalore-based nonprofit Parinaam Foundation, is designing homes for hundreds of slum dwellers whose makeshift houses flood during the heavy rains and become breeding grounds for diseases like malaria. He has been working in Bangalore's LRDE slum, which lies next to one of the southern Indian city's sprawling technology parks and is home to some 2,000 people. Shetty, who studied Master's in architecture at Columbia University, "came at the problem with an approach he brings to all of his projects - marrying smart design with a commitment to sustainability." He designed flood-proof houses, costing USD 300, out of discarded scaffolding, bamboo and wood. The houses are affordable and easy to set up as it takes only four hours to erect and dismantle them. Shetty is seeking government subsidies to bring the price down further for those who cannot afford the units. "Shetty epitomizes a growing breed of young leaders and entrepreneurs in India who are committed to finding solutions for a country undergoing rapid social and economic changes, some of which can leave India's poorest straggling behind," Time said. Another venture by is a plan to boost access to healthcare and education in remote communities. "In my travels I saw vast stretches of rural India where infrastructure for health care and education was severely underdeveloped," he says in the Time report. "Building facilities in these areas is not impossible but it is time-consuming. Adaptive architecture can be an extremely effective solution to help address our developmental problems," he said, adding that "often the simplest solutions are the best solutions." The list also includes Israeli social entrepreneur Adi Altschuler (27), China's Zhao Bowen (22) who is working on improving medical testing and activist Ikram Ben Said (34) who founded 'Aswat Nissa' in Tunisia that is dedicated to women's rights and the first to involve Tunisian women politicians. Online music video mogul Jamal Edwards (24) is building an online music video empire and giving other entrepreneurs a helping hand while British-Nigerian Ola Orekunrin (28) is the founder and managing director of Flying Doctors Nigeria, the first emergency air ambulance service in the country. ...

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  • Rastogi murder: Wife Ankisha given clean chit

    Bangalore: Ankisha Rastogi is given clean chit in her husband Saurabh Rastogi’s murder case. Saurabh Rastogi, a senior general manager at Genpact, was found murdered at his flat in HSR Layout on June 14, 2014. The HSR layout police, who filed the change sheet before VIth ACMM court on Friday gave Ankisha a clean chit. The charge sheet runs into 429 pages and statements of 80 witnesses have been recorded. “We took Ankisha to Gujarat for a narco analysis test. We could not conduct the test due to her certain medical conditions. The probe carried so far did not establish anything against her. There were no evidences. Hence, she was given a clean chit,” said a police officer. There was delay in concluding about Ankisha’s role in the murder as Reshvin Chengappa, who murdered Saurabh, mislead the police by claiming that Ankisha was a part of the conspiracy. Reshvin, who was in love with Ankisha, allegedly murdered her husband to marry her. ...

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  • BJP-Shiv Sena alliance of 25 years on verge of collapse

    Mumbai, Sep 19 (IANS) The 25-year-old alliance between the BJP and the Shiv Sena was on the verge of collapse Friday with both parties adopting a tough stance on the issue of seat-sharing for the Oct 15 state assembly elections, party officials said. Both the warring partners are holding a series of crucial meetings during the day to take a final call on continuing the alliance. "It's on the verge of breaking - Only a formal announcement is awaited," a senior state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, requesting anonymity, told IANS early Friday. Similarly, a senior Shiv Sena functionary hinted to IANS that the alliance "is over", but the party has decided to wait for further developments before declaring its stand. However, a ray of hope emerged Friday morning for the feuding partners with union Minister Nitin Gadkari meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi over the issue. Gadkari is expected to arrive in Mumbai Friday afternoon with a compromise formula intended to save the alliance. The crux of the issue is primarily seat-sharing, besides projecting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the next chief ministerial candidate. The BJP is demanding both parties contest 135 seats each with the remaining 18 in the house of 288 being allotted to other smaller alliance partners. The Shiv Sena's latest offer is 119 seats to the BJP, including the share of the other smaller partners, which the BJP rejected outright. There has also been no commitment from the BJP on who the next chief ministerial candidate will be or from which party. After BJP president Amit Shah gave indications in his public rallies in the state Thursday that the "BJP will form the next government" without mentioning its allies, the party reportedly served a 24-hour 'ultimatum', which Shiv Sena dismissed late Thursday night. The Shiv Sena also resolved after an emergency meeting that any final decision on the issue - to snap ties or to continue the alliance - would be left to Uddhav Thackeray's discretion. Both parties were fully prepared to start filing nominations of candidates from Saturday without finalising the contentious issue of seat-sharing between them. The sharp tussle between the allies has suddenly changed the political scenario with optimism brewing in the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party camps over their prospects in next month's elections. As the BJP-Shiv Sena remained at daggers drawn, smaller partners like the Republican Party of India (A) and Swabhimani Sanghatana squirmed with apprehensions over their fate and future if the matter remained unresolved or the alliance collapsed. The leaders of the smaller partners have been making desperate attempts to persuade both Shiv Sena and the BJP leadership to work out a compromise solution to the crisis. ...

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  • Proposal to bring Mysore, Bangalore under intelligent transport system

    Mysore: The Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) which has proposed to bring Mysore and Bangalore under Intelligent Transport System (ITS), held its meeting in city recently. During the meeting held at the DC office, which was chaired by DC C. Shikha, a JICA representative explained the District Administration about the benefits of ITS, besides bringing the existing traffic junctions and roads under ITS network as it would also take care of pedestrian’s needs which is a key link in the success of any transport system. The JICA would be taking up the study simultaneously, besides collecting opinions of officials and the general public to make necessary changes before drawing the final plan. An official said that the JICA which is working in association with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in Bangalore, is expected to implement the project from December. MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Deputy Director of Tourism S.K. Qureshi, ACP (Traffic) Prabhakar Bharki and other officials took part in the meeting. ...

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  • Jaipur: Woman Allegedly Gangraped, Husband Stabbed During Robbery

    Jaipur, Sep 20, 2014: A 30-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and her husband stabbed multiple times when two robbers broke into their house in Jaipur on Friday. The robbers allegedly entered the two-storied house in a posh area of Jaipur after breaking open the kitchen’s window grill. When the house owner, a jeweller, raised an alarm, he was allegedly stabbed nine times; his elderly father was also assaulted. Two of the robbers allegedly raped the wife of the jeweller after she tried to raise an alarm. Both the injured are in the hospital; the condition of the jeweller is reportedly critical. Police have launched a manhunt to track the culprits. ...

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  • CM launches Mobile app about Karnataka

    Bangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday launched a mobile phone application (app) to enable Kannada interface on Android mobile phones. The app is free and can be downloaded from the website- www.karnataka.gov.in/kcit. A committee headed by K Chidananda Gowda, former vice-chancellor of Kuvempu University developed the app. This mobile application gives information regarding historical monuments and festivals of Karnataka. The information on the app is available in both Kannada and English. Making way towards mobile learning, the Karnataka Software Development Committee (KSDC) under Prof Chidananda Gowda proposed the app to easily access information about the history and monuments of the State. Information about 700 historical monuments and numerous festivals like the Hampi Utsav are now available on the app. The application is currently compatible with an Android OS. The Kannada and Culture Department application can be downloaded via Google Play. Kannada Unicode software for mobile interface in Kannada allows the user to send messages and upload social media texts in Kannada. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah uploaded the first Kannada social media message using Unicode during the launch. Gowda informed that the Kannada Unicode software is free for all and can be downloaded from the Kannada and Culture Department website. “It is imperative for this software to be freely available for people in today’s day and age of technology to save Kannada language from dying,” noted Jnanpith awardee Dr Chandrashekar Kambar. ...

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  • Meet the Mangalorean Doctor behind the Inter-state Heart Transplant Mission...

    Bangalore: September 3, 2014 will remain a red-letter day in the Indian medical history. The marathon mission of the inter-state human heart transplant between Bangalore and Chennai, believed to be the first of its kind in the entire country, will remain not only a matter of pride for years to come and a crowning glory for the medical fraternity but also as a tribute to human concern and endeavour. Dr Balakrishnan and Dr Suresh Rao What was thought to be Mission Impossible was achieved with a great teamwork by a dedicated group of doctors from the Fortis Centre for Heart Failure and Transplant at Adyar, Chennai, led by Dr K R Balakrishnan, with support from Dr Suresh Rao K G and others. A patient who had been admitted to their care with a failing heart, needed a heart transplant. The zonal coordination agency for organ transplants was contacted. The team received the information on a heart being available at Bangalore, on September 2, 2014. No time could be wasted, and indeed, it was not. Soon, a cross-matching of the donor and the recipient was done and the heart was found to be suitable. Interestingly, WhatsApp played a major role with the images flashed and checked using it.

    The team of doctors at the Fortis Centre for Heart Failure and Transplant - Dr Ramasubramaniam, Dr Ajay Aravind, Dr Ravikumar, Dr Suresh Rao K G, Dr K R Balakrishnan, Dr Madan Mohan, Dr Srinath, Dr Jagadhish, Dr Karthik and Dr Om Prakasam

    The way the heart travelled? In the early morning hours of Sep 3, a team of doctors from Fortis Malar comprising of Dr Chowdhury, consultant Cardio-Thoracic surgeon and Dr Murali, Cardiac Anaesthetist, perfusionist and a nurse were flown to Bangalore. A team carrying necessary medical equipment left by road towards Bangalore. On reaching Bangalore, the team checked and found the heart to be viable for transplant and started on the harvesting process. In the meanwhile, the team from Chennai, with the help of the BGS Global Hospital approached the assistant commissioner of police, Bangalore to facilitate a green corridor for smooth passage through the city and priority security check at the airport, which was so graciously complied with. Two ambulances - one with the heart and the other with the team - left BGS at 2.30 pm and reached the airport in less than 40 minutes. Covering a distance of 42 kms in such a short time is something unimaginable in the current traffic situation in Bangalore, thanks entirely to the cooperation from the police. They took the Air India flight AI 264 departing Bangalore at 3.30 pm for Chennai. The heart arrived in Chennai at 4-30 pm and it took mere seven minutes to reach Fortis Malar Hospital, which, again, was made possible by the green corridor facilitated by the Chennai police. In the following two hours, the surgery was performed successfully. While the credit goes to the medical teams both in Chennai and Bangalore, the hospital administrations, the police from both the cities, the ambulance and medical support staff and the media, not many may be aware that the man who coordinated the entire team effort was a Mangalorean, Dr Suresh Rao K G, head of the department of Cardiac Anaesthesia at Fortis Malar, Chennai. About Dr Suresh Rao

    Dr Rao was born in Kemundel village near Yermal in the erstwhile undivided Dakshina Kannada, now in Udupi district. He had his early education in Kemundel, Admar and completed his medical education at the Government Medical College, Bellary in 1988. He followed it up MD in Anaesthesia at the Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore in 1992. He later served as professor of Cardiac Anaesthesia at Sri Ramachandra University. As mentioned already, currently he is the head of the department of Cardiac Critical Care and Cardiac Anaesthesia at the Fortis Malar Hospital in Chennai. His fields of speciality are Anesthesiology, CardioThoracic surgery and Critical Care. With over 25 years of experience, he has been a key player in cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology at a number of reputable cardiac units around the world. He has undergone intensive training at Bad Voyenhausen Hospital, Germany in their heart transplant unit. The area of his expertise includes heart transplants and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implants.

    Dr Rao with three patients who came to Fortis Malar with severe end-stage heart failure. The only treatment was heart transplant or artificial heart. As no heart was available, the doctors implanted artificial hearts on them. The artificial heart runs on battery, which needs to be charged daily. But all three of them - one in business, another a banker and the third working as a pharmacist - are doing extremely well now and back to their work. He is a winner of the Janak Mehta Award for the best paper presentation on myocardial injury during OPCAB surgery. He has organized a number of workshops on the contemporary topics such as Hemodynamic Monitoring, Arrhythmias. He has also authored a chapter on transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), which is a diagnostic procedure that uses echocardiography to assess the heart's function, in International text books and Measurement of Continuous Cardiac Output. As for medical breakthroughs, he has the credit of being the first in India to use ECMO to save the life of a snake-bite victim in 2012. (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO in short, is a form of partial cardiopulmonary bypass used for long-term support of respiratory and/or cardiac function.) His professional memberships include, among others, those of Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA), Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS), Paediatric Cardiology Society of India (PCSI) and Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists. Getting an opportunity to converse with him during his short, whirlwind visit to Bangalore to deliver a lecture at Narayana Hrudayalaya was itself a triumphant achievement. In this task, communicating in Tulu worked magic by creating the right rapport and made the task far easier. Speaking in chaste Tulu, Dr Rao was at ease in providing many details. ...

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  • 90% of packaged drinking water in state unsafe

    Bangalore: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), has revealed that a shocking 90% of the over 4,000 manufacturers of packaged drinking water in the State, do not meet the standards necessary for an ISI stamp. Only 445 do, and have the ISI stamp certifying that their product is fit for consumption. This is significant, as most people prefer packaged drinking water to pipe water, believing it’s safe. Packaged drinking water, whether in bottles, canisters or packets – has to meet 104 requirements before being certified by the BIS with an ‘ISI’ stamp. Samples have to clear tests for several types of pesticides, microbiological contamination, heavy metals and other chemicals. BIS, in 1987, took over the functions of Indian Standards Institution (ISI) in implementing national standards for various consumer goods. The ‘certification mark’, however, remains ‘ISI’. Most manufacturers have not applied for a license. monitoring these manufacturers has become “the main focus” of the national standards body, Mr. Bhatnagar head of BIS, Bangalore branch said at a press conference on Friday. The other products that require mandatory BIS certification include baby food, electrical home appliances, automobile parts, medical appliances and gas cylinders, none of which can be stored or sold without a BIS license. He said, consumer awareness is important in these circumstances, and more so as the BIS cannot enforce the law, but refer the same to regulatory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India Water manufacturing companies have also been booked for using the ISI stamp without a license, he said. Indeed it is illegal to sell packaged drinking water without the ISI mark. In 2001, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare enforced quality control for packaged drinking water and natural mineral water, bringing them under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, and under the Compulsory Certification Scheme. ...

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  • Over 350 students ill after midday meal in City

    Bangalore: Sep 19, 2014, DHNS: More than 350 students were hospitalised as they complained of nausea and stomach ache after eating midday meals at the Government Urdu Model Higher Primary School at DJ?Halli here on Friday. Some students claimed to have found a lizard in the rice served to them as part of the midday meal.Around 300 students are from the girls’ school, while the others were from the boys’ school located on the same premises. The students were rushed to Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital. Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr V Krishna Rao said that at least 20 students vomited in the hospital. Around 360 students were treated and sent home. “There is no need to worry as the children are doing fine. It may have been a slight infection for a few students. For others it was a psychological effect. Nine students are still in the hospital and under observation,” the medical superintendent added. The vomit samples have been sent for tests. The results are expected in the next 48 hours, Dr Rao said. Headmistress Zareena Khanam said, “I tasted the food before it was served and there was no problem.” She said it all started at 12:30 pm when the midday meal was served. Some students found a lizard in the rice. They immediately brought it to notice of the office which informed the School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC). “Initially, two girls from Class I complained of nausea and after a while some boys from the neighbouring boys’ school too started to complain. Several students fell sick and we started to send them to the hospital. We sent around 300 children who complained of stomach pain to Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital,” Zareena added. Of the total 935 students, 850 were present in the school on Friday. Senior Assistant Director, Midday Meal Scheme (MMS),?Department of Public Instruction, Gangadhara N said there was a lizard in the rice which led to panic among the children. “As there were fears that the food was poisoned, the children were sent to various hospitals, including Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital, Bowring and Lady Curzon, and Shifa Hospital. Everything is under control and there is no need to fear or worry,” he added. Gangadhara said the food samples have been collected by health department officials and the police, and has been sent for analysis. ISKCON’s Akshaya Patra Foundation, which prepares the midday meal, said the meal was distributed to 15 other schools and they had not received any complaints. General Manager (Operations) Vinay Kumar said: “As of now we are trying to gather information. A food sample will be sent for testing. We serve as many as 1,000 schools. Over 2 lakh children in?Bangalore eat midday meals served by us. There are many kitchens preparing the food separately for different schools.” ...

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  • Ad showcases caste discrimination, police arrest one

    Mangalore: A popular Kannada daily published an advertisement on Thursday stating that a general store was looking for a store keeper. However, this one column advertisement triggered ire among different sections of the society, for deliberately showcasing caste discrimination. The advertiser, who was looking for a female store keeper stated that persons belonging to Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste should not apply. Based on complaint registered by Shekar Kukyadi, the Venoor police arrested Vasanth Poojary, advertiser. The advertisement mentioned that a general store based in Belthangady wanted a female store keeper. The ad informed that the accommodation was available, if parents permitted her. However, along with the contact number, the advertisement stated that persons from SC/ST should not apply. This particular line in the advertisement, generated anger in sections of the society. ...

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  • Mangalore: Eight students arrested for group clash at University College

    Mangalore, Sep 20, 2014: Following a group clash in Government college, Mangalore, eight students were arrested and one was hospitalized on Saturday September 20. It is learned that the clash between two groups of students happened following allegation of eye teasing and irritating female students in the college. However, the real reason for the clash is still unknown. Students identified as Chetan, Asfad, Riyaz and Diyaz are said to have started the unfortunate incident. A student identified as Deekshith was seriously injured in the clash and is admitted to Wentlok Hospital, Mangalore. The student groups filed complaints at Pandeshwar Police station against each other. The police arrested eight persons following the complaints. Some of the students involved in the clash were identified as Asfad, Riyaz, Diyaz and Chetan, said sources. The students have misbehaved with the media persons who have come to cover the incident. ...

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  • Cattle Transportation: one arrested, Three Hindu outfit members held for attack

    Bantwal: City police arrested one person in connection with illegal cattle transportation here at Tumbya in B Kasba village on September 19.





    The arrested person was identified as Ivan D'Souza. 3 other accused Taslim, Basheer and Ashoka managed to escape from the spot. The cattle were transported in pickup vehicle. Hindu outfits, on the basis of a tip off, informed the police that the cows were stolen from a place called Vogga and were being transported to a slaughter house in Mangalore. 5 cattle, a pickup vehicle and valuables worth 3.36 lakhs along with a bike have been seized. the accused Ivan dsouza was produced in court and then released on bail. In a counter complaint filed by Ivan dsouza, it is alleged that some of the members of Hindu outfits had attacked him while transporting cattle. Prashanth, Tilakraj, Umesh and many others attacked him and used abusive words against Christian and Islam religion. They also threatened to kill him. In connection with this, the police arrested three persons belonging to the hindu outfits and produced them in court. Later they were released on bail. ...

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  • Now, a direct bus to Pilikula

    Mangalore: Deputy Commissioner A.B Ibrahim flagged off the first city bus service from inside Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama to the city on Saturday, September 20. With this, the tourists can directly head to Pilikula, one of the major touristic destinations of Mangalore. Earlier, there were no direct buses to Pilikula. The tourists had to either walk a kilometer or depend on auto rickshaws. The proposal comes after a similar move was made to connect Panambur Beach with city bus service. The district administration directed many buses moving towards Surathkal to proceed via the Beach last month. RTO Afzal Ahmed Khan, Pilikula science centre director Prof. K.V Rao, Pilikula Geological park director Jayaprakash Bhandary, Pilikula bus owner’s association former president Jayaram were present. Bus timings: From Statebank to Pilikual 8:25, 9:45, 11:03, 11:25, 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2:25, 3:05, 3:35, 4:05 From Kankanadi to Pilikula 9:35, 10:45, 11:45, 1:05, 2:10, 5:00, 5:45. From Talapadi to Pilikula 9:18 Buses from Pilikula to Statebank and Kankanadi 9:05, 10:08, 10:25, 11:15, 11:40, 12:05, 12:20, 12:40, 1:10, 1:35, 2:06, 2:40, 3:05, 3:20, 4:40, 5:30, 6:10, 6:50 ...

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  • Sowmya Kamath of Mangalore selected for Ph.D in Space Science at Stanford University

    Mangalore, Sep 20, 2014: Sowmya Kamath of Mangalore has secured admission to Stanford University, USA, to pursue Ph.D studies in space science. She left for USA from Bangalore and joined the university last week. Stanford University, situated in California, is one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. This opportunity to pursue doctoral studies in this venerable institution will provide a great boost to her brilliant academic career, which includes being awarded with the coveted Gold Medal for being the Topper in Physical Science at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram (Asia’s first Space University which functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India.) and the experience of working as a Junior Scientist at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, the national Research Institute for space and allied sciences founded by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and a subsidiary of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). An alumnus of St Agnes Institutions and Canara PU College, Sowmya Kamath is the daughter Shantha and Surathkal Srinivas Kamath of Pound Garden, Kadri, Mangalore. ...

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  • Students with 'poor' academic records asked to leave school

    Shimoga: In a shocking incident, teachers at the government high school at Durgigudi locality forced Godawari M, a physically challenged girl, to take here transfer certificate (TC) and appear for the 10th standard examination as an external candidate as she had an “average” academic record. Along with Godawari, five other 10th standard students in the school whom the teachers considered “poor” in studies have been issued transfer certificates and they have been asked to appear for SSLC exam as external candidates. Parents, members of School Development Management Committee, and representatives of civil society organisations had staged a protest on the school premises against this. Murali, Godawari’s father, had lodged a complaint with Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar on Wednesday, and the latter has directed a probe into it. Deputy Director of Public Instruction BC Basavarajappa told that, prima facie, it seemed that with the objective to secure 100 percent results for the school, the teachers had asked the students with average academic record to take the TC and appear for the exam as external candidates, which is against the law. A panel, comprising senior officials of the department, had been formed to probe into the incident. All the six students for whom TCs were issued would be enrolled back to the school, he said. Murali told this correspondent that even after the issue of TC, the students were attending classes but their names were to be deleted from the register. They were to appear for the exam as external candidates. As a major chunk of parents who send their wards to this school are either non-literate or have limited education, they were ignorant of this practice. “The teachers have behaved in an inhuman manner,” said Murali. Gopalakrishna, the local councillor, said that when efforts were being made to bring back the out-of school children to the purview of formal education system through Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan and other schemes, the teachers here have acted in a contrary manner. Anantha, a social activist who was part of the protest, said that the teachers here feared that poor results would result in their transfer. ...

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  • Minister clarifies on reorganising departments

    Mangalore, Sep 20, 2014: Forest Minister B Ramanath Rai, Chaired a State-level meeting of the top forest officials, at Jungle Lodges in Pilikula on September 19. A few significant resolutions were passed, including the re-organisation of the department and transfer of the department staff and officials through counselling process. Interacting with the media after the meeting, Minister Rai said that the meeting has decided to re-organise the department by creating new posts and re-shuffling existing posts. The forest jurisdiction that is allotted to forest guard, deputy range forest officer and range forest officer will be revised and rationalised. The present situation is a forest guard looks after 1,500 to 2,000 hectares of land, which will be reduced to 1,000 hectares. The forest jurisdiction of DRFO will be reduced from 5,000 hectares to 3,000 hectares and of the RFO’s range will be reduced from 15,000 hectare to 9,000 hectare. Over 5,000 posts will have to be created for the purpose, he said, adding that a committee led by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) has been formed to study the matter and a proposal will be submitted to the government within 15 days. Discipline will be brought into the transfer of employees, by introducing counseling system on the lines of the health and education department, he said. ICT to survey forests : Following the criticism over the forest department’s delay in the process of transfering government land to other departments for taking up public works, the Minister said that a special unit will be formed to speed up the process. “It has been decided to use ICT - Information and Communication Technology to survey the deemed forest through satellite imagery. Steps will be taken to remove the “non-forest-oriented” land in the deemed forest areas from the classification of forest and free such land for the use of public purpose. A special cell will be set up to improve the rehabilitation of forest dwellers while implementing various environment and wildlife projects.” In an attempt to control human - wild animal conflict, the Minister said that the government will offer 50 per cent subsidy to those farmers who install solar fencing around their land. The government had announced Rs 212 crore for laying unused railway tracks as fencing to prevent wild elephant from entering farm land. Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned this year for the said purpose, he said. Project Tiger : To query on Project Tiger, the Forest Minister said that the Union government has decided to implement the project. However, the State government is yet to issue a notification. The State government will discuss on the pros and cons of the project before issuing a notification. Project Tiger will be compelling compared to the laws prescribed under National Park. Families will not be forcefully evicted and it is purely voluntary. A decision will be taken in favour of the people, said Additional Chief Secretary Madan Gopal. Responding to a question on solving monkey menace, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Vinay Luthra said that a team will be sent to Shimla to study the system of sterilising monkies. When asked about the implementation of Netravati river diversion project, Ramanath Rai refused to comment. ...

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  • ICSI holds workshop on 'Compliance leads Governance'

    Mangalore: The Mangalore chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), organized a one day workshop on 'Compliance leads Governance' on Saturday September 20, at Karnataka Bank Auditorium, Mangalore. Venkata Ramana Rajavolu, CS, Hyderabad, Y.V Balachandra were the key speakers. Rajavolu spoke on the topic titled 'Incorporation of company with special reference to One Person Company (OPC)'. CS Y V Balachandra inaugurated the workshop. CS Ullas Kumar Melinamogaru welcomed the guests, CS P V Pai introduced the dignitaries. ...

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  • Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Rohit Shetty’s next?

    Mumbai, Sept 19, 2014: Bollywood’s King Shah Rukh Khan and the blue eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who were last seen together onscreen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ might come together again as reports suggest that filmmaker Rohit Shetty is working on a new project for which he has roped Ash opposite SRK! As per reports, Rohit recently met the damsel and discussed the script with her. Reports further suggest that Rohit is very keen to cast Mrs Bachchan in the flick; however the former Miss World is yet to give her final word. On the other hand, there are reports that Rohit is yet to decide on the female lead of his untitled next, however, he confirmed SRK in the venture. While talking to a leading daily, Rohit said, “So as per the reports, I am doing as many as nine films with Shah Rukh. I’d like to put all rumors to rest and say that only Shah Rukh has confirmed for my next film. No one else has been roped in as of now. The pre-production for the film has already started and it will go on floors next year.” As of now, none of them have confirmed the same yet. ...

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  • Sachin Tendulkar to Felicitate Lata Mangeshkar on 85th Birthday

    Mumbai: Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar will felicitate legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on her 85th birthday on September 28 at a celebratory function here. Tendulkar has given his consent to be the chief guest at the event, to be organised by music events organistion Hridayesh Arts at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium, King's Circle here, said a statement. Lata's younger sister and singer Asha Bhosle will be the special guest of honour on the occasion, where the Who's Who of Bollywood and the Indian music industry are likely to be present. Talking about the plans, Avinash Prabhavalkar, chairman, Hridayesh Arts, said: "The felicitation function will be followed by an exclusive music and dance ballet 'Chala Vahi Des' which has been specially choreographed and directed by the Kathak guru Shama Bhate, produced by SwarBharati and conceptualised by Adinath Mangeshkar for this occasion. "The entire ballet has been choreographed upon the extremely popular 'Meera Bhajans', composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar and sung by Lata didi." The occasion is even more momentous as Hridaynath Mangeshkar, younger brother of Lata, has also has completed 60 years of his music career. Starting her career in 1943 at the age of 13 with the song "Mata ek sapoot ki duniya badal de tu" for Marathi film "Gajaabhaau", Lata, who is called the Nightingale of India, went on to record songs for more than 1,000 films in 36 languages. She has sung classical to romantic numbers to ghazals to bhajans, thus maintaining a variety in her discography, which has evergreen lilting melodies like "Aaja re pardesi", "Kahi deep jale kahi dil", "Beeti na bitaai raina", "Tere bina zindagi se", "Tere bina jiya jaaye na", "Naino mein badra", "Chalte chalte" and "Yaara sili sili". ...

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  • Maharashtra polls: Congress warns NCP of contesting alone if it remains stubborn

    Mumbai: The tussle over seat sharing continues to rock Maharashtra Assembly elections as the Congress has on Saturday warned the National Congress Party that it may go alone in the state polls. The decision came during the Congress Chief Election Committee meet which was discussing candidates for elections. Congress leader Manikrao Thakre has said that the NCP is being unclear about how many seats they want to contest, adding that the party will be forced to contest elections alone if the NCP delays its decision. Thakre said, "If the NCP remains stubborn on its stand, then we will have to contest alone. The high command will discuss the formula in terms of numbers." NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had said that decision to contest for 144 seats was a justified demand. The party had even threatened to break the alliance. NCP leader Nawab Malik said, "Talks regarding the alliance between NCP and Congress haven't progressed the way we were expecting them to. We are expecting a notification as soon as possible. The Congress needs to find a solution soon so that the candidates for the elections can be named. " On Thursday, Pawar had said that past mistakes will not be repeated if the NCP emerges as the single-largest party, as it did in 2004 Assembly polls. ...

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  • KCF Dubai to organize massive Humanity rally on September 26

    Dubai: A massive Humanist rally is being organized at Dubai-Qusais Indian academy school on September 26 at 3 pm as a prelude to, and provide an impetus to, the 'Karnataka Yathra' from Gulbarga to Mangalore which is being held from October 25 to November 2.

    The Karnataka Cultural Foundation (KCF), UAE, has taken responsibility for the rally in Dubai. The rally will be led by Akhila Bharath Sunni Jamyathul Ulama chief secretary Sulthanul Ulama A P Aboobakkar Masliyar Kanthapuram. The Dubai bsed rally on September 26, will commence at 3 PM with the 'Nathe Shareef' programme from North India. Sunni Youth Association Vice president, Dr Muhammad Fazil Rizwi Kavalkatte will preside over the North Karnataka Meet at 4pm. Karnataka Wakf Board, director Shafi Sa-adi from Bangalore, will render the key note address. At 6 PM, the rally will be presided over by Karnataka Jamiyyathul Ulama president Khazi Bekal Ibrahim Muslimar. DK District Jamaith Khazi Sayyid Fazal Koyamma Thangal Kurath Du-a will bless the programme. The rally will be inaugurated by Health minister U T Khader. Karnataka Sunni Co-ordination committee chairman P M Abbas Musliyar Manjanady, Karnataka Jamiatul Ulama vice president M Abdul Hameed Musliyar Mani, SYS State president Dr Fazil Rizvi, Muslim Students organization of India national vice president MSM Zaini Kamil, Karnataka Wakf Board member Shafi Sa-adi Bangalore, Karnataka planning commission vice president Haji CM Ibrahim Bangalore, Mangalore North MLA Moideen Bava, Businessman and social worker Anwar Shareef , SSA Khader Haji Bangalore, Haji Mumtaz Ali Mangalore and others will address the rally. Businessman Haji B M Farooq(Fiza group) will be honored on the occasion. Businessman and education consultant in UAE Haji Tumbe Moideen, businessman from Saudi Arabia Haji Zakaria Jokatte Al Mazain, Kuwait KCF president Habib Koya Karwar will be chief guests. Kuwait KCF Rally Governing Board president S M Sharif ( Khushi group) in the press meet said that MSM Zaini Kamil, Haji Shaikh Bava Mangalore, PMH Ishwaramangala, Haji Ibrahim Bright Marbal, Haji Abdulla Nalka, Mahboob Rahman Saqafi, Iqbal Kajoor and others will also be present at the rally. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the rally and a separate facility is being arranged for women in anticipation of their participation. Food too, will be provided, he said. The Karnataka Yatra The Sunni Students Federation (SSF), an association for Karnataka Muslim students and youth is in its silver jubilee year and Karnataka Yathra has been organized in this context. The Yathra will commence on October 25 Saturday in Gulbarga and will conclude at Mangalore on November 2. The Yathra will pass through 20 districts of the state and various religious heads and politicians will be participating. The Yathra slogan is "Respect humanity". ...

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  • Indian charged with leaking exam papers in UAE

    Dubai: An Indian technician has been charged with leaking examination papers to a university student in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a media report said on Thursday. During proceedings at the Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday, the accused Indian, identified only as R.K., 29, denied taking cash for divulging the questions to the Oman national, identified as A.A., 32, while the latter denied a charge of criminal complicity, The National reported. The court charged R.K., who worked as an information technology technician in the university, that was not named in the report, with leaking the questions of 15 tests in different subjects to A.A. in return for 7,500 dirhams ($2,042). The Indian man was approached by A.A., who is a media and journalism student, in June. A.A. offered him 500 dirhams for every question paper he leaked. Prosecutors alleged that the Indian expatriate took photos of the exam papers and sent these to the student via messaging service WhatsApp, after which the student passed him the money. The IT worker was arrested a few days after taking the money. The university’s dean testified that R.K. was also responsible for surveillance cameras. "He supervises the cameras, the university’s email and also the printing of the exams (question papers) with the faculty members," he said. Prosecutors also found over 100 images of the exam papers on WhatsApp sent from R.K. to A.A. The case will be next heard on Oct 30. ...

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  • UAE: Billawas Family Dubai Celebrates 160th Guru Jayanthi Pooja

    UAE: The 160th birth anniversary of saint-reformer Shree Narayana Guru Swamy, who deeply influenced modern history and culture through his famous slogan “One caste, One religion and One God for man”, was celebrated at Sindhi Ceremony Hall Dubai on 19 September 2014 by the leadership of Billawas family Dubai. The Guru Jayanthi Pooja began with lighting of the lamp by the Sumangalies followed by Bhajan Sankeerthana by Shri Rajarajeshwari Bhajan Mandali. Jithendra Suvarna represented for the Guru Puja on behalf of devotees, in the colorfully decorated mantap designed and set up by Rajesh Kuttar and his team.



































































    The Maha Mangalarathi and Puja was systematically and traditionally performed by Shri Devdas Shanti, Chief purohith of Sri Vishwanath Temple, Katpady, one of most popular billawas temple in Udupi district. On behalf of Billawas family UAE, Jithendra Suvarna felicitated Shri Devdas Shanti for his contribution towards the society by spreading the preaching’s of Shree Narayana Guru Swamy. The other community leaders and office bearers graced the occasion with their valuable presence. Shri Rajarajeshwari Bhajana Mandali, created perfect devotional envoverment by singing various bhajans throughout puja. Mahaprasadam was distributed to all the devotees on the occasion. Billawas Family UAE extended their sincere thanks to all the devotees, members and supporters for the grand success of Shree Narayana Guru puja 2014. ...

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