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  • Mangalore: High Court Judge Suspends DK SP and Two Police Officials in Construction of Temple Case

    Mangalore: In a case that was filed in the Karnataka High Court by a petitioner, related to the construction of a temple at Ujire, the High Court ordered today, Wednesday 30 July that the Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police, Dr Sharanappa, and also other two police officials be suspended until further notice. In that order, the High Court had directed the chief secretary of the state home department to suspend SP Dr Sharanappa, Lingappa Poojary- the Beltangady circle inspector and also one more police officer who were at the helm investigating the case. According to sources, plans of constructing Shree Kshetra Kunjarpa temple at Ujire by Mahesh Thimarody, belonging to Praja Prabhutva Vedike was objected by the complainants, Shashikala Shetty and her husband Taranath Shetty, who filed a case stating that the temple was illegally being built on a private land. It is learnt that a committee had been formed earlier to undertake the temple construction, where Mahabala Shetty (Father of Shashikala) headed the committee. After the death of Mahabala Shetty who passed away few months ago, Mahesh Thimarody was appointed as head of the committee. According to the temple committee they say that the construction of the temple is legal on the 84 cents land, but Taranath Shetty had raised the objection and filed a case stating that the land was private and also belongs to him. Even the Thashildar and other panchayat officials who surveyed the plot had come to the conclusion that the land belonged to Shetty and it was a private land. A petition was then filed by Taranath Shetty's wife, Shashikala in the Karnataka High Court against Beltangady police department for failing to take quick action pertaining to the case. In this regard, the High Court had summoned Dakshina Kannada SP and also police officials from Beltangady police department to appear in the court on 30 July 2014. Both the SP and other police officials failed to show up in the court, as a result the judge decided to pass an order to suspend them, reveal sources. ...

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  • Rahul stopped Sonia from becoming PM in 2004, claims Natwar Singh

    New Delhi, July 30, 2014 (IBN Live): Sonia Gandhi declined to become Prime Minister in 2004 because of strong opposition from her son Rahul Gandhi who was afraid she would be killed like his father and grand mother if she accepted the post, former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh claimed on Wednesday. Singh(83), an estranged Gandhi family friend who quit the Congress in 2008 after he had to resign from the UPA-I Government in 2005 in the wake of the Iraqi food-for-oil scam, claimed that it was not Sonia’s "inner voice" that prevented her, as she had stated at the time, to take up the PM’s post. To persuade him from not referring to this particular episode in his autobiography, the Congress president along with her daughter Priyanka Gandhi met him on May 7 at his residence but he decided to disclose facts as they were and tell the "truth", Singh claimed in an interview. The book titled "One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography" is due to be released soon. "Rahul was totally against her mother becoming Prime Minister. He said she would be killed like his father and grand mother and as a son he would not allow to become the PM. He was very adamant," Singh said, recalling a May 18, 2004 meeting where Manmohan Singh, Gandhi family friend Suman Dubey, Priyanka and he were present. Manmohan Singh later went on to become the Prime Minister. Rahul’s opposition was conveyed to them by Priyanka, he said. "As a son full marks to Rahul," he said. Rahul was 34 years at that time. Singh claimed that Sonia also said "sorry" to him at their May 7 meeting after he narrated how he was victimised by the UPA government and refused to believe her claim that she was not aware of it. "She said I did not not know (about treatment meted out to him). I said nobody will buy it because nothing happens in Congress without your knowledge, without your approval. Same is the case with government. She said I am sorry," he said, adding that the Congress President had also embraced him. Singh endorsed the claim of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru that important government files were taken to Sonia by Pulok Chatterjee, who was in PMO, saying any question of protest over this did not arise as she was the "foremost" leader. He also disclosed that the then Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma was Sonia’s first choice as the Prime Minister in 1991 but Sharma, who then became President, declined the offer due to his poor health. It was then she chose PV Narasimha Rao whom she never knew and they could never share warm relations, he said. ...

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  • 94 Children burnt in School; Founder gets Life Sentence

    Kumbakonam:  The founder of a school where 94 children were burnt alive in 2004 has been sentenced today to life in prison by a court in Tamil Nadu.

    The court found 10 people guilty of charges ranging from criminal conspiracy to culpable homicide. Among them are several education officials and the owner of the school in Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district in the central part of the state.

    The tragedy was one of the worst involving children in India. Those who died were all younger than nine.

    In July 2004, a fire in the school's kitchen spread quickly to the thatched roof, imprisoning nursery children in a firetrap. The investigation that followed found that basic fire safety rules had been ignored. There were no fire extinguishers, for example, and the school, which had nearly 900 students, had only one exit.

    The outrage prompted the state government, headed by J Jayalalithaa, to order an inquiry which concluded that local officials had colluded with the school's management to give it licenses and clearances. The plan detailing the school's layout was sanctioned by education officials without visiting the school. The thatched roof used where meals were served to the children had also been cleared despite it being illegal.

    11 others including three teachers have been acquitted today. The teachers had been found guilty in an earlier investigation of abandoning nursery children after the fire began.


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  • Nearly 150 feared trapped in landslide near Pune

    Pune, July 30, 2014: Many people are feared to have been trapped when a massive sec ton of a hillock came crashing down on a village of around 50 homes near Pune early Wednesday, officials said.

    puneThe villagers, police, disaster authorities and the army were engaged in a combined relief and rescue operation.

    Police official Vinod Pawar told media persons that the accident occurred in Malin village in Ambegaon tehsil of Pune, around 5 a.m., as heavy downpour loosened earth and dislodged rocks and boulders. Heavy rain has continued to lash the region over the past four days.

    The estimated 150-plus villagers sleeping in their homes were caught unawares and many are feared trapped under the mud, boulders and debris, and the army has been requested to help, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Dilip Walse-Patil. Till noon, two persons were rescued alive from the debris as a downpour hampered rescue operations.

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  • SPG commandos guarding Modi asked to maintain ’distance

    New Delhi, July 30, 2014:  The alleged bugging of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s house seems to made others, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to exercise caution.


    A report in a Hindi daily claimed on Wednesday that Special Protection Group personnel, who are entrusted with protecting the prime minister, have been asked to maintain ’distance’ from him.

    The newspaper reported that instructions have been issued to SPG commandos so as to ensure no secret talks is overheard by them.

    The decision could have been provoked by an incident that took place some years back, wherein one of the SPG personnel used to listen to a former prime minister’s private talk and pass on the same to others.

    BJP leaders are reported to be happy at the development, as they would now be able to talk freely with the PM on sensitive matters.


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  • Commonwealth Games-Day 6 Wrap: Shooters, Wrestlers Inspire India’s Medal Rush

    Glasgow, July 30, 2014: Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with three gold medals after the shooters ended their campaign on a rousing note with five more podium finishes on sixth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.

    With 10 medals, including three gold, this was India`s best show in this edition of the mega-event.


    CWG 2014 Day 6

    Sushil expectedly bagged gold in men`s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men`s 57kg. In the women`s section, Vinesh Phogat finished on top in 48kg at the SECC Hall.

    Rajeev Tomar, however, had to settle for a silver in the men`s 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canada`s Korey Jarvis 0-3 in the finals.

    Late in the evening, Chandrakant Mali clinched the bronze medal in men`s 94kg weightlifting to add to the country`s overall tally in the sport in the ongoing edition.

    Mali, who totalled 338, lifted 146kg, 150kg and 153kg in three attempts in snatch and and 183kg, 188kg and 194 kg in clean and jerk to finish third on the podium.

    Earlier, Indian shooters continued to dominate the Barry Buddon Centre with the unassuming Sanjeev Rajput and Harpreet Singh clinching a silver medal each but there was heartbreak for Olympic silver winner Vijay Kumar.

    Star marksman Gagan Narang had to be contend with a bronze while Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lajja Gauswami, too, finished third on the podium, as the Indian shooting team finished with an impressive tally of 17 medals (4 9 4) from the Games.

    The wrestlers though took the limelight away with their stunning show on the mat.

    The 31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won all his four bouts of the day quite comfortably. In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing. Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.

    In no time, Sushil raced to a 6-0 lead and added two more points to finish off the contest. Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. The 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win.

    The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each. But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal.

    In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and England`s Yana Rattigan in the finals of the women`s 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8. Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent. But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.

    The second round was also a fierce contest but the Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn the second gold for the country in wrestling. Tomar failed to do much in his gold-medal bout, as he failed to earn even a single point. His Canadian rival, meanwhile, could snatch a few technical points in his favour to eke out a narrow 3-0 win and bag the gold.

    After today`s showing, India`s medals tally went upto 36 with 10 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze, but they slipped a place to sixth after having regained the fifth position.

    Before the wrestlers` show, shooter Narang, the biggest Indian name in the fray, failed to defend his gold in the men`s 50m rifle 3 position on the concluding day of the shooting events.

    The 31-year-old Narang, who had won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics in 10m air rifle event, shot 423.3 while Rajput aggregated 436.8 in the final held under windy conditions at the Barry Buddon Shooting Center at Dundee near here.

    Rajput and Narang were trailing at third and fifth after the three rounds of kneeling competition, each round having five shots. They were fourth and sixth respectively after the completion of three rounds of prone competition.

    But both made a remarkable recovery in the standing position to bag the silver and bronze respectively.
    Harpreet survived two rounds of nerve-wrecking shoot-off and brushed aside a penalty point docked on him to claim silver in the men`s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

    In boxing, Indian pugilist L Sarita Devi advanced to the quarterfinals after winning in women`s 57-60 kg opening bout but it was curtains for defending champion Manoj Kumar, who lost his last 8 bout.

    Sumit Sangwan too lost his quarterfinals bout to David Nyika of New Zealand 1-2. Sangwan was leadin g after the first round but lost the plot thereafter.

    Sarita knocked out Nigeria`s Kehinde Obareh 2-0 in the last 16 clash. The 32-year-old Manipuri boxer notched up 10:9 points in both the rounds.

    The Indian will next take on Welsh Charlene Jones in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

    For Manoj Kumar, in the men`s lightweight 64kg bout, the Games ended rather early as he proved to be no match for England`s Samuel Maxwell, who registered a 3-0 victory over his opponent from India. The Englishman won with identical scorelines of 27:30 in each of the three rounds.

    Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and R M V Gurusaidutt won their respective matches to enter the men`s singles Round of 32. Srikanth had an easy Round of 64 outing as he took just 15 minutes to defeat St. Helena`s Duane March 21-3 21-4 at the Emirates Arena.

    Gurusaidutt also had an easy match as he posted a 21-5 21-12 win in 24 minutes against Benjamin Pui Hun Li of the Isle of Man. He will next face Edwin Ekiring.

    In shooting, the 33-year-old Harpreet from Haryana saved India from disaster by bagging the silver after Olympic silver medallist Vijay failed to qualify for the final round after finishing seventh in the qualification. Only the top six in the qualification round qualify for the final.

    Harpreet, who topped the qualification round, hit 21 times on the target in the six-shooter final which had eight rounds of five shots each.

    Manavjit bagged a bronze medal in the men`s trap event. Manavjit finished third in the semi-finals after hitting 13 of the maximum 15 targets. He then beat renowned shooter Michael Diamond of Australia in the bronze medal match.

    In the bronze medal match, both Manavjit and Diamond hit 11 targets out of the 15. It required a `shoot-off` where the Indian was on target to clinch a podium finish.

    Later in the day, Gauswami aggregated 436.1 to bag the bronze medal in women`s 50-metre rifle 3 position.

    However, London Olympic silver medallist Vijay made a shock exit in the qualification round of the men`s 25m rapid fire pistol event. Vijay shot a total of 555 points in the two qualification rounds to finish seventh and miss out on a place in the final round. The top six in the qualification round qualify for the final round.


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  • India needs to increase farm output: Modi

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday urged agricultural scientists to work towards the twin objective of increasing food productivity and enabling farmers to earn a good livelihood.

    "Agricultural scientists should work towards a two-fold objective of enabling the Indian farmer to feed India and the world and earn a good income in the process," Modi said in his address to farm scientists on the 86th Foundation Day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

    "The land area in the country is not going to increase... So we need to increase per hectare productivity... Similarly, we must find out how the crop which matures in 45 days can mature in 35 days without compromising with its quality," he said here.

    "We need to ensure scientific management of water cycle keeping in mind the (changing) weather cycle."

    Modi's speech covered a range of subjects including fisheries, milk productivity, use of radios for farming, water conservation, irrigation as well as Himalayan herbal medicinal plants.

    India has the second largest arable land after the US at 159.7 million hectares (394.6 million acres). It is also among the top three producers of many crops globally.

    But although it has achieved self-sufficiency in food staple, the output of Indian farms is lower than Brazil, the US, France and other countries.

    In 2011-12, there was record production of foodgrain at 259.32 million
    tonnes. According to official estimates, about 259 million tonne foodgrain was produced in 2013.

    Modi, who gave away 10 awards for excellence in agricultural research, asked scientists to elaborate upon their research in simple terms so that farmers could be convinced to try out new products and initiatives.

    He asked ICAR to set goals for their centenary, which is 14 years away.

    "The work of ICAR should have two mantras -- 'Kum zameen, kum samay, zyaada upaj' (Less land, less time, more crop) and 'Per drop, more crop'. The challenge is how to get what is done in the lab to the land, to the farmer."

    To meet the challenge of "lab to land" - taking scientific research to successful interventions - the prime minister urged agricultural colleges to start radio stations.

    Modi, who was greeted with a standing ovation, said the applause must be given to the millions of Indian farmers who have played a huge role in changing India's fortunes.

    Noting that farmers listen to radio a lot, he said, radio programmes run by college students would prove extremely beneficial.

    Modi also called for a digitized database of all agricultural research in the country.

    "Young educated and progressive farmers, and agricultural research scholars can together form a talent pool in all districts," he added.

    Talking about animal husbandry, Modi said special efforts need to be made to raise the level of milk productivity.

    He called for a blue revolution that would extend the benefits of scientific research to the fisheries sector.

    Modi urged ICAR to set its sights on achieving self-sufficiency in edible oil, and improving protein content and availability of pulses.

    He asked ICAR to work for more efficient ways of water conservation and irrigation.

    The prime minister called for greater research and promotion of coastal seaweed, and Himalayan herbal medicinal plants.


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  • 40 per cent Goa college, school boys watch rape porn

    GOA, July 29: Forty per cent of college and higher secondary school boys in Goa watch rape porn and statistically end up watching 86,000 rape videos per day, according to a survey.

    The survey was conducted by Rescue, a Karnataka-based organisation promoting cyber-ethics.


    goa2Abhishek Clifford, CEO of Rescue, said Thursday 47 percent degree and under-graduate students watch child porn in the state.

    Clifford said: "Eighty percent college and higher secondary school boys watch porn and 40 percent of them watch rape porn regularly. On an average they watch 28 rape porn videos a week."

    The survey, he said, was conducted across 10 colleges in the state. The survey also tries to draw a link between watching rape porn videos and the crime of rape in real life.

    "Seventysix percent students said that watching rapes leads to the desire to actually rape someone... Rape is increasing in India, this is a primary reason," Clifford said.

    "We are in reality raising an army of rapists, thanks to non-regulation of pornography," he claimed, calling for regulation of internet for children.

    The upgradation from ’regular’ porn to more violent forms of porn, even child porn, he claimed, was a natural progression for the viewer.

    "The level of violence in rape is increasing due to saturation of violent internet porn. Students are re-programming their own sexual tastes," he said, comparing conventional porn viewing with marijuana, which he claims was a stepping stone to consumption of hard drugs like cocaine.

    "Fifty percent of students who are watching porn, end up watching violent porn. 100 percent of the students, who watch rape, were already watching lower levels of porn," the survey said.

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  • Indian nurses now caught in Libyan conflict

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) In a near replay of the incidents in Iraq, a large number of Indian nurses are caught amid spiralling violence in Libya, where rival militias seek to control the capital's international airport, and have approached the Indian mission for aid and even help in evacuation. Over the last two weeks, the North African country has plunged into chaos following deadly clashes between government forces and Islamist militants in the capital Tripoli and Benghazi where more than 150 people, most of them civilians, have been killed. Taking note of the fighting, Indian Ambassador in Libya, Azar A. H. Khan, met the nurses in the Tripoli hospitals and assured them of their safety. "Everybody is safe here. We are in constant touch with the nurses," Khan told IANS over phone from Tripoli. The ambassador, however, said that only some Indian nationals, mostly nurses, have approached the embassy for help in leaving the country. "It is only in some places around the airport where fighting is of the places are fine," he said. Panic gripped the Indian nationals after incessant shelling rocked the area around Tripoli airport and elsewhere, in a two week-long battle since mid-July. However, out of 430 Indian nurses based in two Tripoli hospitals, only 88 have sought help from the Indian mission. A total of 365 nurses are based in Tripoli Medical Centre (TMC), while 71 medical staff members, comprising of technicians, paramedics and nurses, are based in Tripoli's Al Khadra hospital, an embassy official said. Nearly 74 out of 365 in TMC have shown their inclination to leave the country, added the envoy. The embassy has been arranging for passports and other documents for all those who want to exit Libya by road. Also, some 350 nurses are located in Benghazi, another restive city in eastern Libya, but only a few of them have wished to leave their place. Khan said the number of those wanting to leave the country keeps fluctuating as people have financial issues, apart from their own safety. Libya has around 6,000 Indians, mostly from Kerala and majority of whom are based in Tripoli and nearby satellite towns. Meanwhile, following the closure of Tripoli airport, the Libyan civil aviation ministry has announced resumption of limited air operations from Mitiga airport in Tripoli and Misurata airport (200 km from Tripoli) by Al Afriqiya and Libyan airlines. "Tripoli's military airport can take a few people out of the country, while the main exit route that we advice is through the checkpoints on Libyan-Tunisian and Libyan-Egyptian borders," the ambassador said. The embassy said Indians have been advised to cross the Libyan border in small batches into safer countries like neighbouring Tunisia. The embassy has appointed area coordinators in regions across the country, to update the mission on concerns of its national residing there. The country witnessed a major evacuation of over 18,000 Indian nationals during the NATO-led military intervention and the fall of the Colonel Gaddafi regime in March 2011. At the moment, the US, the UN and Turkey have also pulled their diplomats out of Libya, while Egypt as well as France and several other western countries have evacuated their nationals amid escalating violence. The problems for Indian nurses in Libya come close on heels of the rescue of 46 Indian nurses from Iraq and even as 40 construction workers continue to held hostage by Sunni militants, who have overrun a considerable part of the country. ...

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  • HC to hear plea Aug 1 for CBI probe into Katju's allegations

    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Delhi High Court will hear Aug 1 a PIL seeking a CBI probe into Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju accusing three former chief justices of India of making "improper compromises" to save a tainted judge of the Madras High Court. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw will hear the plea that seeks registration of a case and a CBI probe into the matter, saying that even after Justice Katju's revealation on his blog and its subsequent discussion in parliament, the authorities are yet to initiate any legal action. Filing the plea, advocate R.P. Luthra said: "The information disclosed by Justice Katju, a former SC judge, clearly discloses the commission of various cognizable offences including the offences covered under prevention of corruption act." Former Supreme Court judge Katju has alleged that three former chief justices of India - Justice R.C. Lahoti, Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and Justice K.G. Balakrishnan - made "improper compromises" and succumbed to political pressure during the UPA rule from one of its allies, apparently the DMK, in allowing the judge to continue despite an "adverse" Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on allegations of corruption against him. The PIL said: "Admittedly, as per the information available in the public domain, the offenders belong to the class that enjoys almost the highest positions in the judiciary." It added that the incident has "lowered-down the dignity of our judicial system in the eyes of general public." "To avoid further damage also to ensure that no such incident shall happen in the future, the authorities concern ought to have initiated a legal action as required under section 154 /157 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 for commission of such cognizable offenses," the plea said. It further added: "Since the offences relate to the Prevention of Corruption Act and screening of offenders, that too, with deep-rooted conspiracy and hence, there is no other efficacious remedy available, except of filing of the present petition." ...

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  • 160 feared trapped, many dead in landslide near Pune

    Pune, July 30, 2014: At least ten persons were killed and about 160 feared trapped after large parts of a hillside collapsed on houses amid heavy rain in Maharashtra’s Pune district today. There were reports that five persons were extricated alive from the massive debris of mud and rock that covered the area at Malin village, some 120 km from the district headquarters. landslide Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said five persons were killed in the landslide and 160 feared trapped. He said 44 houses on the hillside were swamped by the cascading debris in the village with a population of about 715. Rescue operations are on in full swing with the help of two teams from the National Disaster Response Force, District Collector Saurav Rao said. The rescuers were moving slowly to avoid causing harm to the survivors, he said. About 30 ambulances and fire brigade teams from adjoining areas have been rushed to the spot, he added. IG, NDRF, Sandeep Rai Rathore said his teams had difficulty reaching the scene of occurrence due to damage caused to roads. Quoting district authorities, he said, upto 200 people may be trapped. Chavan has left for the village with Deputy CM Ajit Pawar to personally monitor rescue efforts. Hospitals in the vicinity have been put on alert and medical teams rushed to the spot. Rescuers are facing a tough time due to rain. Large parts of Maharashtra are witnessing heavy and incessant rains over the past few days. ...

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  • Minister launches All-women patrol vehicle Chamundi Vanitha Sahayavani

    Mysore: Mysore District in-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad has said that the Centre as well as the State Government has enacted laws which ensure the strictest of punishment to sexual offenders in order to put a check to the cases of sexual crimes against women. Speaking after launching the all-woman patrol vehicle “Chamundi Vanitha Sahayavani in Mysore, the minister said the new facility will help trap those who resort to eve teasing in vicinity of schools and colleges. The officials have been instructed to initiate stern action against those misbehaving with women, he informed. Even the Assembly has approved invoking of Goonda Act to check sexual offences, he said. The Government is making arrangements to celebrate the world famous Mysore Dasara in a grand manner. On the private darbar held in the Mysore Palace, he said it was a matter pertaining to the royal clan and the government had nothing to do with it. ...

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  • Maya Kodnani, Former Gujarat Minister Jailed For 2002 Riots, Granted Bail

    Ahmedabad, July 30, 2014: Former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, who was sentenced to 28 years in jail for murder during the 2002 riots, has been granted bail on health grounds. Maya kodnaniShe was granted bail for three months in November and allowed to leave a prison in Ahmedabad. Her condition deteriorated and she was hospitalized in February. The Gujarat High Court rejected her plea for a six-month extension of bail, but the Supreme Court gave her some relief by giving her a week’s bail. Ms Kodnani, 58, a state legislator from the BJP, was convicted in August 2012 for the Naroda Patiya massacre, among the bloodiest episodes of the three-day riots in which over 1,000 people were killed, most of them Muslims. In 2007, Ms Kodnani was appointed minister for women and child development in the state government, then led by Narendra Modi as Chief Minister. She was the highest-profile figure to be convicted in connection with the riots. She resigned after she was arrested in March 2009. Witnesses told investigators that Ms Kodnani, a gynaecologist, played a leading role in the massacre of 95 people - 30 men, 32 women and 33 children - in Naroda Patiya ...

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  • Sri Rama Sene Will not to be allowed in Goa: CM Manohar Parrikar

    Mangalore: Sri Rama Sene will not be allowed to set up a branch in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly Wednesday. Parrikar said this in a written reply tabled Wednesday in response to a question by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Vishnu Wagh. The chief minister also said that "no concrete evidence was found" to prove that Muthalik was attempting to create a communal divide in the state. The issue of the Sene, known for ransacking a pub in Mangalore and attacking young men and women there, starting a branch in Goa has been heavily debated by politicians as well as civil society here. Muthalik had called for a crackdown on what he called "pub culture" in Goa, which is known as the night-life capital in the country. Muthalik had also said that he would distribute swords and Bhagwad Gitas to Hindus, exhorting them to use the weapon if needed. ...

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  • Bangalore rape case: Accused raped 6-yr old to take revenge

    Bangalore: Wasim and Lalgiri, the prime accused in the Bangalore rape case have revealed to the police that they raped the 6-year-old girl in Vibgyor School because they seek out revenge.

    Wasim and Lalgiri admitted to have committed the crime; however they said that her behavior made them to do so.

    According to them she was extremely naughty and would not listen to anyone. Victim also used to spit on others and used abusive words and foul language.

    Thus they decided to teach her a lesson for abusing them. They also said that victim's brash attitude tempted them to rape her.

    Police have received the CCTV footage of two men escorting the child back to her class room, after committing the crime.

    The girl was raped on July 2 and parents along with several organisations had protested against the rape, that had created had outrage in the state.


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  • 7 yr old raped by housemaid’s son; accused arrested

    Bangalore: A 28-year-old son  of a housemaid was arrested on Wednesday July 30, for raping a minor. The incident is learnt to have taken place on July 27.The accused has been identified as Shrinivas.

    It is said that a lady named Lakshamma was a maid at the victim’s house and used to take the victim sometimes to her house.

    On Sunday July 27, when Lakshamma was out and Shrinivas was all alone with the 7-year-old, he allegedly raped her.

    Srinivas was arrested after  a complaint was registered at Kamakshipalya police station. He has been booked under IPC sec 376/4.


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  • JD(U), RJD, Congress seal alliance in Bihar

    Patna, July 30, 2014:  After throwing enough indications of their coming together in past, the three major political parties in Bihar – Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress - have formally sealed an alliance to contest the upcoming Assembly by-elections in the state.



    Reports on Wednesday said that Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (U) has finalised an alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and Congress, and a formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made at 2:30 pm in the state capital today.

    Bihar’s former chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is returning to Patna from Mumbai today, will make the announcement, reports said.

    JD-U chief Sharad Yadav had on Sunday indicated that his party will maintain its alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, not just for the Assembly by-polls to be held next month, but will continue in future as well.

    "We already had a tie-up in the Rajya Sabha by-polls . This is the next step, we had already declared it. We will unite together and this will continue and will have solidarity amongst ourselves," Yadav told reporters.

    "We will prepare ourselves and rewrite a new history by uniting the votes which got divided. Our effort now is to unite the voices of the people," the JD-U chief added.

    It has emerged that JD(U), RJD and Congress have reached an understanding to contest 10 Assembly seats in Bihar, going to by-poll on August 21, together.

    As per the sources, the JD(U) is likely to contest the by-election on 3 seats, RJD 5 and Congress 2.

    By-elections on 10 Bihar seats, necessitated by the election of some MLAs to the Lok Sabha and resignation of others, is being viewed as the "semi-final" before the crucial Assembly poll, due next year.

    The so-called non-secular show of Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha polls had shattered the stronghold of caste-based politics in the Hindi heartland, necessitating the need for two arch-rivals – Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad – to join hands to defeat BJP.

    The combined vote share of RJD, JD(U) and Congress in 2014 General Elections stacked up to 44.3 percent against the NDA vote share of 38.8 percent. In the 2010 Assembly Elections, JD(U), RJD and Congress had together polled 49.83 percent of the total votes, against 23.21 percent of BJP and LJP, according to reports.

    Meanwhile, the BJP has described coming together of JD(U), RJD and Congress as an "unholy alliance" and said people would not accept them.

    "People of Bihar have already rejected these parties in Lok Sabha election and hence there coming together against BJP will yield no result," senior BJP leader and leader of Opposition in Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said.

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  • Girl molested at Wine festival, accused booked under Goonda act

    Bangalore: Two persons are arrested for molesting a teenage girl who was a volunteer at Wine festival which was held in Bangalore on July 27.

    The arrested are identified as Surendra(33), and Kiran(30) a residents of Doddaballapur.

    The accused had come to the Wine festival and molested the girl when she was coming out of the toilet at the venue. However the girl managed to escape to the main venue.

    Soon she filed a complaint at the JC Nagar police station and the police arrested the accused with the help of the victim. Bangalore commissioner M N Reddy said that they have been categorised as rowdies. Henceforth the police has directed that rowdy sheets be opened against all persons accused in rape or molest cases.

    The two accused men are under a rowdy list which is a category reserved for dangerous anti-social elements after the state govt passed the Goonda Act. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Sandeep Patil said that the JC Nagar police had opened a rowdy sheet against the two accused men.

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  • Mangalore: 17-year-old Andrea Patrao Dies in Road Mishap

    Mangalore: A 17-year-old girl was killed in a road mishap at Urwa here on July 30. The deceased has been identified as Andrea Patrao (17), daughter of Vice President of MCC Bank and former governor MJF, Ln Alwyn Patrao, a resident of Nanthur Mangalore.

    According to sources, it is learnt that Andrea along with her friend were on their way to Panambur beach. When they reached near Urva Stores, her friend applied sudden brakes due to which Andrea lost balance and fell from the bike. It is learnt that a cement mixer which was behind the bike ran over Andrea. Andrea was immediately rushed to the hospital but the doctor pronounced her brought dead. Andrea was studying in St Aloysius College. A case has been registered in the Traffic west police station. ...

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  • Mangalore: Lifeguards Rescue Three Persons from Drowning in Someshwar Temple Pond

    Mangalore: Life Guards rescued three people from drowning in the Temple Pond, near Someshwar Beach here on July 30. The rescued persons are Badish (25) son of Hameed, Sadia Begum (20), wife of Badish and Fatima Shaffa, residents of Gandhi Nagar, Kavoor. Speaking to Yathish Baikampady said that, Badish, Sadia and Fatima being in a festival mood had come to the Someshwar beach to spend some leisure time on the beach and blue sea water. Unfortunately, all their plans of having fun on the beach were nullified, since the beach is closed for visitors during monsoon time. Still craving to have some fun in the water, they had all decided to go to nearby temple pond to take a dip. While they were enjoying in the pond water, they accidentally slipped and got drowned in the deeper side of the pond. Immediately they all called for help - hearing their screams, the lifeguards who are always alert and keep an eye on visitors, rushed towards the pond, dived into the water and saved all three of them from drowning. When all three of them were brought out of the water, only Badish was said to be in critical condition since the water had entered his lungs. The lifeguards who are trained in CPR and other life saving training, were able to treat Badish and bring him back to normal. Happy to be alive with the help from the lifeguards, all three thanked their life savers, and they all went home happily. Kudos to the brave lifeguards who were able to save three souls. ...

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  • 18th Independence Cup Football tourney kicks off

    Mangalore : The 18th Independence Cup Football tournament organised by the DK District Football Association commenced at the Nehru Maidan in the city on Wednesday July 30. The event will be held upto August 15. Mayor Mahabala Maarla declared open the tournament by kicking the football.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor appreciated the activities of the Association and said the fact that the DK is a district level champion in football is testimony to the hard works put in by the Association in encouraging the sport. He also hinted at the plans of the Mangalore City Corporation to encourage several sports. Asha Timmappa, Zilla Panchayat President who was the chief guest, said students must take active part in sports along with academic activities. The ZP meet too would discuss ways and means through which sports gets good encouragement in the district, she further added. Mayor Mahabala Maarla was felicitated on the occasion on behalf of the Association. D.M. Aslam, President of DK District Football Association, Abdul Latif, Naveenchandra, Diwaker, Corporators, Prof. P.C.M. Kunhi and others were present A total of 214 teams have registered for the 17-day long tournament which will conclude on Independence Day. ...

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  • New Delhi: Workshop on Tulu Theatre Held

    New Delhi: The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Mangalore in association with Delhi Tulu Siri organized a three-day workshop on 'Tulu Theatre' from July 26, 2014. Suresh Shetty (Dean, National School of Drama, New Delhi) inaugurated the programme. He welcomed the initiative of the Tulu Sahitya Academy in conducting theatre workshop in New Delhi for theatre enthusiasts of Tulu language residing in the city. "Theatre workshops need to be expanded beyond theatre schools by experts in the field to encourage growth of theatre in the country," said Shetty. Various aspects of theatre through practical demonstrations were discussed during the workshop.

    About 25 theatre enthusiasts from New Delhi and surrounding areas participated in the three-day workshop. Member of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Vasanth Shetty Bellare, President of Delhi Tulu Siri Dr Y Avanindranath Rao, noted scholar Dr Purushothama Bilimale and Former Ranji Cricketer M Shivarama Rai were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. ...

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  • Mangalore: Verbattle Zonal Selections to be held on August 1st and 2nd

    Mangalore, July 30, 2014: Verbattle, the country’s largest and most successful inter-school debate competition conducted by Verbattle Foundation kicked off its tenth edition amidst much celebration with its Verbattle Beginner competitions in Bangalore on July 21st. Targeted at students ranging in the age group of 12 to 24 years, the first round of Verbattle Junior and Verbattle Senior competitions this year will be held across the cities of Bangalore, Mangalore and Hubli. Verbattle Zonal Selections in MangaloreThe Mangalore zonal selection for Verbattle Junior will be held on August 1st, 2014 and the selection for the Verbattle Senior competition will be held on August 2nd, 2014. The zonal selection round will be held at Samruddhi Bhavan between 9.30 am to 1 pm and between 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Schools and colleges interested to participate can register by logging on to The selection process for the first round of Verbattle is physically conducted for 2 days in each of the 3 zones of Karnataka, namely Mangalore, Hubli and Bangalore. The selected teams are then brought to Bangalore, 27 teams from each zone, and in a spread of three weeks, the ensuing events are conducted in Bangalore. The semi-finals and finals for Verbattle Junior and Senior will be held on August 22nd, 2014. The final debates will be moderated by Mr. Deepak Thimaya personally and judged by some of the eminent personalities from the state. The team that would emerge as the sole winner among hundreds of teams participating will be awarded a grand cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 in the Junior Category. The winning team from the Beginner level will receive Rs. 30,000; the winning team from Senior Category will receive Rs. 50,000. There are cash prizes for the Finalists in all categories, along with special cash prizes for the mentor teacher of the winning team. ...

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  • Udupi: Souharda Samithi holds ‘Eid get-together’ at Udyavar

    Udupi: An ‘Eid get-together’ was organised by Souharda Samithi of Catholic Sabha, St Francis Xavier Church Udyavar Unit at Lions Bhavna Melpete here, on Tuesday July 29. The programme began with an invocation. Wifred D’Souza, President of Souharda Samithi, welcomed the gathering. The State Urban development minister and Udupi district minister in-charge, Vinay Kumar Sorake, inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp.

    In his message, Vinay Kumar Sorake conveyed the message of Eid and it’s importance. He explained the need of celebrating the Eid in its true fervor and values by conveying the same to the people without making it an spectacular event. Fr Roque D’Souza, Parish priest of St Francis Xavier Church Udayavar, Rajyothsava Award recipient Prof. Madhava Acharya Udyavar, Jamath- E- Islam Hind vice president Isaac Puttur spoke on the relevance of Eid in today’s day-to–day life. Moulana Abdul Rasheed Rehamani Khatib of Jamia Mosque Udyavar presided over the function. Newly elected Taluk Panchayat vice president Ganesh Kumar and donors of the function were honoured by the minister. Zilla Panchayat member Divakar Kundar, Taluk Panchayat member Girish Kumar, Grama Panchayat president Vijay Kumar, Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh Secretary Mary D’Souza and others were present on the occasion. Riyaz Palli delivered the vote of thanks. Steevan Colaco compered the programme. ...

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  • Karkala : Trivial clash results in communal tension in Sacharipete; 4 arrested

    Karkala, July 30, 2014: Communal tension has flared up in Sacharipete following a clash that ensued after an attempt to run over an autorickshaw driver by a car on July 29, Tuesday evening. The incident even led to lathi charge and arrest of four persons. Police have stepped up security in the area following the incident.

    The incident was in the aftermath of a recent incident wherein a youth named Anwar who was riding a bike intercepted an autorickshaw and abused the driver. The same youth is said to be responsible for Tuesday’s incident. An agitated autorickshaw driver Dinesh questioned Anwar resulting in the clash. Udupi DySP Annamalai led team of Karkala police which rushed to the spot resorted to lathi charge to disperse the crowd.There is information that four persons have been arrested. ...

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  • Missing boy; Locals find body in river

    Kasargod: Mohammad Saiban (4), missing kid from Thekkil was found dead by the locals here in Chandragiri River here on July 29. The father of the boy, Abdul Latif a resident of Thekkil had filed a missing complaint at Vidyanagar police station.Reportedly, on Monday July 28, it is learnt that the boy was playing in front of the house. However consequently the boy went missing The parents tried to search for him; even they had called the fire service and sought the help of the police to find him. But their efforts were futile.On July 29 people from the area found his body near the river. After post-mortem the body was given to the family. ...

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  • Yellur chaos; Dabbawalas protest in Mumbai

    Mumbai: The police action against Marathi-speaking people at Yellur in Karnataka has prompted protests by political parties in Maharashtra, with the Shiv Sena calling it as an act of 'terror' and seeking Centre's intervention in the 'disputed' region.

    Displaying the same anger, the Mumbai dabbawalas protested against the ill-treatment meted out to Marathi-speaking people in Karnataka, at Lower Parel in Mumbai.

    Police had on Sunday lathicharged a group of pro-Maharashtra supporters who threw stones at them at Yellur after a 'Maharashtra Rajya' plaque re-erected by them was removed by the district administration.

    Pro-Maharashtra supporters had on Saturday re-erected a controversial signboard at Yellur after the previous one was razed to the ground by Public Works Department on Friday following a High Court order.


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  • An Obama dinner invite for a differently-abled Indian girl

    Mumbai: Next week, US President Barack Obama and his wife will host 12 differently-abled people from all over the world, including one from Mumbai, for an exclusive dinner at the White House.

    The lucky Mumbaikar from suburban Goregaon is athlete Neha P. Naik, 23, who is a Special Olympics International Global Messenger, besides taking part in the 100 metres and shot-put events.

    "It is a great honour and I feel very good. It's the best birthday gift I can get," an excited Neha told IANS here, in the midst of last-minute preparations for the momentous occasion slated at the White House July 31.

    She turns 24 July 27, her equally excited mother Asha and realtor father Prakash Naik said. The family originally hails from Goa and is now settled in Mumbai.

    For the event, Neha will be accompanied by her mentor and teacher Jonita Rodrigues of the 33-year-old Punarvas Education Society's Shri Devrajji Gundecha Punarvas Special School & Vocational Training Centre for Mentally Handicapped.

    Asha said that Neha was born a normal child, but suffered high fever at the age of five, which affected her natural mental growth.

    "We admitted her to a regular school, but she just couldn't cope up with her studies. Later, as we realized that she was a different child, we admitted her to Punarvas school," she said.

    Since then, Prakash and Asha dedicated their entire life for Neha - their only child - looking after her special requirements, needs and extra-curricular activities.

    At Punarvas, though she lagged behind in studies, Neha more than made up in her speaking abilities and athletics.

    She is gifted with a unique, convincing manner of speaking and addressing audiences, leaving a permanent impression on the listener, said Asha.

    This talent is what got her an opportunity to represent India as a SOIGM since the past five years around the world.

    Something that she plans to display before President Obama, if granted an opportunity.

    "I plan to inform him about the special needs of special children all over the world. How they need more educational institutions, hostels and then suitable jobs to make them truly independent in society," Neha said earnestly.

    She explained that there are many special children in farflung areas in India who cannot come up in or cope with life as they don't have proper educational facilities within reach.

    Neha, who plans to don a Anarkali Salwar Kameez suit for the White House dinner, has already conveyed her love for cooking and savouring Indian and Chinese non-vegetarian cuisine!

    The White House dinner - for which she flies early Tuesday - has been organised by the Special Olympics.

    In fact, her family credits Special Olympics for giving independence and confidence to Neha to address large audiences and share her experiences and excitement with the world, including at the 2013 Special Olympics in Korea.

    Besides, she also participates in Special Olympics athletic events and trains young athletes in India, teaches reading and writing skills to others youngsters requiring special attention.

    When asked about her plans to settle down in life, Asha laughs.

    "Neha's priority is to get a good job and become independent before settling down. She is studying computer programming and web-designing and is hopeful of getting a suitable placement. Marriage can always follow," Asha said.

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  • School boy slashes another with blade over some enmity

    Mumbai, July 24, 2014: Reports have come of a Class VIII boy arrested on July 21, on charges of attacking a Class X student in a Malad (E) school during recess with a blade. Both are aged about 15 yrs. The victim was slashed from the right cheek to the neck and is recuperating in hospital after receiving 25-30 stitches. The police registered an attempt to murder case against the aggressor and sent him to a children’s remand home. The victim, a student of Fatima Devi English High School, was attacked as he was on his way to the toilet next to his classroom on the ground floor around 9.40am. The motive goes back to last week it is stated, there was a fight. Police have learned it was over a girl. "My friends and another group of boys were fighting after school hours, when I intervened and asked them to stop. The other group threatened me to stay out of this or get beaten up. However, I did not take it seriously," said the injured boy. On July 21, the accused confronted him from among the group that had threatened him. "He called out to me and began to argue. He held a blade close to my eyes. I tried to protect myself and had a scuffle with him. He suddenly slashed my neck with the blade," said the victim, lying in a hospital bed. "The cut ran quite deep. Around 25-30 stitches have been administered in three layers. The boy had a narrow escape; if the cut had been a bit deeper it would have been dangerous. He is expected to be discharged in a couple of days," said Dr Anil Suchak who treated the victim. School teachers rushed the boy to the nearby hospital. "Since it was recess time, a lot of students were around. When the children saw him bleeding, they brought him to the staff room. We rushed to the hospital, which informed the police about the incident," said a teacher from the school. The accused has also allegedly misbehaved with a teacher in the past. "Time and again the school has sent remarks to notify parents about his behaviour. However, there has never been any response from their end," said the teacher. School principal, Kenneth Marchon remained unavailable for comment despite several attempts. Investigations are progressing. ...

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  • Monrovia : Mother Mary’s IMAGE appears on the wall of a prayer room

    Liberia:  There is a joy and hope on the faces of the people residing near the outskirts of Monrovia City when a Catholic lady who is said to have been praying for the people of the country and was doing a novena prayer in honour of MARY - UNDOER OF KNOTS surprisingly found Mother Mary’s image self appearing on the cement wall in her house on the 4th day of the Novena last Thursday.









    On speaking to the lady who is popularly known as AC, she said that she was surprised to see the image on the wall which was plain. She being a very simple lady refused to pose for a picture and to give an interview. People from all parts of Monrovia have been pouring to her house to see the appearance of Mother Mary on the wall which includes Priests, Catholics  & the majority being non-Catholic people. Many people informed that the image appears to be like Jesus Christ and some people feel it is the image of Mother Mary.

    Some of the visitors have started lighting candles and praying before the image. A number of people from the town of diverse ages saw the apparition which they say is growing darker day by day. The neighbourhood and some of the Catholics who know her well from a very long time have informed that Mrs A.C. Gadegbeku is a devote silent lady who is very prayerful and a generous person. It is learnt that there was no message received but many from the neighbourhood have been interpreting it as a message.

    People are eager to know and are happy to see the apparition. I myself with my parishioners went to this place to see the image as this is the talk of the town. We were lucky enough to get into the place inspite of the big crowd and were allowed to click some photos and take some videos. The image appears natural without any work of human hands and it is on the height of about 10 feet from the floor and is very much visible from the first floor of the house.

    Liberia in West Africa having a population of about 3.5 Million was Africa’s first Republic and is currently ruled by the continent’s first female President who is also a Nobel Laureate. Sadly however Liberia is now probably best known for a long running and brutal conflict that ran for most of the period 1989 to 2003 is now badly affected by a highly contagious Ebola virus which is one of the most deadly diseases in the world and has no cure.

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  • India to help its nationals leave Libya

    New Delhi :With violence gripping Libya, the Indian government said Tuesday that it was making arrangements to facilitate the return of around 4,500 Indian nationals, including 750 nurses. A day after issuing an advisory to Indians to avoid conflict zones in Libya and to exit Libya, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reviewed the security situation impacting on Indian nationals in Libya, said an external affairs ministry spokesperson. After the minister gave directions to strengthen the Indian mission in Tripoli, additional staff has been deployed for the smooth facilitation of the return of Indian nationals from Libya. More staff is also being sent to the Indian mission in Tunisia to assist Indians who travel by land to Tunisia from Libya en route to India. The Indian mission in Tripoli is in touch with some 4,500 Indian nationals through 62 coordinators to facilitate their return, the official said. These include around 750 nurses. Several Indians are using the land route to reach Tunisia. The mission is working with Libyan authorities to obtain necessary exit permission for Indians who want to leave. The Indian Community Welfare Fund will be used to fund those too poor to buy their own tickets out of Libya. The rescue mission comes close on the heels of the evacuation of a large number of Indians stranded in Iraq following fighting between the Iraqi military and Sunni insurgents. Libya has been engulfed in intense fighting between rival militias since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. The fighting has escalated in the absence of a strong federal government and a united military. On Monday, Libya appealed for international help after an oil depot was set on fire during fighting in Tripoli. ...

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  • Ryan Pinto honored with Asia’s Emerging Business Leader 2013-14

    Mumbai, July 26, 2014: Ryan Pinto, CEO, Ryan International Group of Institutions was awarded the “Asia’s Emerging Business Leader 2013-2014”by the eminent Lord Swaraj Paul in the presence of Priti Patel, MP, UK at the Global Indian Excellence Summit held at London on July 21, 2014 by World Consulting & Research Corporation (WCRC). The event was organized to celebrate the spirit of leadership. Ryan Pinto is among the hundred Global Indians and emerging business leaders as per the consumer and product survey conducted by WCRC. The official tabulators for the research were Ernst & Young LLP (India).These leaders were featured in the Coffee Table Book which was released and presented during the ceremony.One of India’s youngest entrepreneurs in the K-12 education sector, Ryan Pinto strongly advocates the use of emerging technology to teach children in India.

    On this occasion, Ryan International Group of Institutions was also awarded the Most Impactful Institute from India Award 2013-14. This is yet again a remarkable achievement for the Ryan Group as they add another prestigious award to their tally. The Ryan International Group has been a name to reckon in the field of education and this is one of the biggest awards presented at a global level. The Group has been recognised many a times in the last several years for their commendable work. During the award ceremony, while receiving the award Ryan Pinto said, “I thank Jesus Christ for this recognition. It is the vision and leadership of our chairman, Dr A.FPinto, and MD, Grace Pinto, and the hard work of our teams, that has gotten us such recognition. We will continue to make significant contribution by educating, enriching and empowering youth around the world.” There were high profiled promising leaders present at this gala award ceremony held at the London Marriott Hotel who were felicitated and recognized for their immense contribution in their respective field. ...

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