• No Indian nationals rescued from Aden till Tuesday

    New Delhi/Yemen: The quest of Indian Government in ensuring safe return of Indian nationals stranded at conflict-ridden Yemen appears less dynamic with media brief released by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday contradicting the ground reality.

    The press release posted on the official website of MEA claims 400 Indian nationals stranded at Aden are being rescued through sea route. “We are still waiting for the ship to arrive. No Indian nationals have been lifted from Aden,” informed Shaique Ruknuddin Shekre, an Indian national stranded at Aden to Newakarnataka.com over telephone. Mr. Shekre said that Saudi Arabia and allies were carrying air strikes exactly 2kms away from a place where he was stranded.

    Shekre also expressed ire against the Indian Embassy at Sana’a (with whom he is in constant touch) for performing poor discourse with people who are trapped. “Although, I have made a series of calls to the officials of embassy, there were no clear updates given to Indian civilians”, he said.

    He also said that few nationals from Sana’a might have been rescued by the Indian government. Even this update was also not available with us, he stated. However Embassy had informed obscurely that a ship had been sent from Djibouti to Aden but there was no confirmation of time of arrival. “We are waiting here with lot hope sir,” he lamented.

    Hearing the news of ship’s arrival at Aden, many Indians – residing at the city called Taiz – moved to Aden. There are as many as 500 civilians at Aden, apart from many dropped from Taiz, waiting for ship”, he said.

    When stressed on authenticity of his information contradicting the news put out by MEA, Shekre said no one has been evacuated from the place so far. “MEA’s version is false and we know our distraught plight,” he reiterated and broke down.

    In the month of March Indian Embassy announced to leave Yemen. “We were told to get exit stamped on the passport but Yemen’s government office was closed down leaving us in lurch.” He continued, at present few with the help of Yemen locals got exit stamped on the passport. Shekre is one among few lucky in unfortunate Yemen. Besides he alleged there was lack of communication between MEA and Indian Embassy which is adding up to the agony of trapped in bloody sectarian crisis. He pleaded through Newskarnataka.com Indian government to rush to safeguard the return of its nationals.

    When tried to contact a spokesperson and joint secretary of MEA Syed Akbaruddin, an official from the office at Delhi informed he was busy in a meeting. At the time when this copy was filed the efforts to get the official version from Syed proved futile as he did not turn up from the meeting.

    However, an official from the ministry informed under condition of anonymity that the ship would arrive at Aden port on Tuesday evening to carry trapped Indian nationals to Djibouti in Africa.


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  • ?4 Bangladeshi nationals detained from Ludhiana in West Bengal nun rape case

    Ludhiana : Four persons were today detained here in connection with the gang rape of a 72-year-old nun in Ranaghat in West Bengal's Nadia district, police said.

    Four persons, all Bangladeshi nationals, were detained from Motinagar locality by Punjab Police, DCP Naveen Singla said.

    Kolkata Police has been informed about their detention, he said, adding police was working on further leads.

    Earlier, two people were arrested from Mumbai and Habra (North 24 Paraganas) in this connection. Both were identified as Bangladeshi nationals.

    The septuagenarian nun was gang raped at a convent by unknown people at Ranaghat in West Bengal on March 14.


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  • Solar Impulse lands in China after 22-hour flight from Myanmar

    Shanghai: Solar Impulse 2 landed early today in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, as it completed the fifth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun.

    With pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the revolutionary plane landed in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am (local time) after a 22-and-a-half hour flight from Myanmar, its vast wingspan lit up by rows of led lights.

    The plane had been expected to make just a brief stop in the southwestern city and quickly travel on to Nanjing, about 270 kilometres from Shanghai, but that has been delayed due to weather and safety concerns, with the team now expecting to stay a few days waiting for better conditions for the trip east.

    “We are tired but we are still very, very happy to be in Chongqing,” said mission engineer Michael Anger on the project’s website.

    “In China it was demanding, this flight, especially for Bertrand but also for the team preparing two flights in a row and then this afternoon cancelling the second flight due to bad weather in Nanjing.”

    Piccard, one of the two Swiss pilots of the solar-powered plane, battled extreme cold of down to -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) in the cockpit and the general unpredictabilities of flying above the mountainous Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.

    On a previous circumnavigation, Piccard passed over China in a specially designed balloon, but only after he flew to Beijing personally to negotiate the trip with conditions the balloon avoid large swaths of the country.

    Flying at high altitude for most of the journey, Piccard had to use additional oxygen on the 1,375-kilometre (854-mile) route.

    The flight from Mandalay to Chongqing was the most difficult, Raymond Clerc, flight director for Solar Impulse, said on a video interview on the project’s website.
    The team behind Solar Impulse 2, which has more than 17,000 solar cells built into its wings, hopes to promote green energy with the circumnavigation attempt.

    Ridiculed by the aviation industry when it was first unveiled, the venture has since been hailed around the world, including by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

    Muscat was the first of the 12 planned stops on the plane’s maiden journey around the world from Abu Dhabi, with a total flight time of around 25 days spread over five months.


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  • Nearly 350 Indians evacuated from Yemen

    New Delhi : Nearly 350 Indians were evacuated from Yemen's southern port city of Aden late on Tuesday, sources said.
    Those evacuated included, 220 men, 101 women and 28 children. They were taken to the Indian Navy ship INS Sumitra.
    Defence ministry sources said that the ship left Yemen late on Tuesday night.
    The evacuated people will now be taken to Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yemen, and will be brought to India by air.
    An official said that the ship "sailed into a barrage of bombs" to evacuate Indians stranded there.
    Under an operation named  "Op Raahat", two warships -- destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash -- are on their way to Djibouti, a country located on the Horn of Africa in the Gulf of Aden.
    The two warships and two passenger liners Kavaratti and Corals, which left from Kochi on Monday, will join course in the Arabian Sea and move as a composite group to Djibouti.
    According to the external affairs ministry, nearly 4,000 Indians are stranded in Yemen.


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  • Case filed against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Muzaffarpur (Bihar) : A complaint case was filed in a court here today against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for removing Aam Admi Party(AAP) leaders Prashant Bhusan and Yogendra Yadav from the party's national executive committee in a 'humiliating' manner.
    The complaint was filed by one Rajesh Chandra Sharma of Muzaffarpur district in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ved Prakash Singh.
    Sharma said he filed the complaint application against Kejriwal as he felt very bad at the "humiliating" manner in which Prashant Bhusan, Yogendra Yadav, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were removed from AAP national executive committee on March 27.
    The complaint has been filed against Kejriwal under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), Sharma's counsel Sudhir Kumar Ojha said.
    He said the matter would come up for hearing on April 4.


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  • Iraq’s heaviest man undergoes surgery in India to lose weight

    New Delhi: A 43-year-old Iraqi national weighing 301 kg, underwent a bariatric surgery in a city hospital and is feeling lighter now as he will be able to shed around 150 kg of his weight over a span of next one year. Ali Saddam, once touted as the Iraq’s heaviest man, had undergone the surgery on March 23, and is ready to fly back home tomorrow, six days after his surgery.

    He has reduced 20 kg within five days after the surgery, Dr Deep Goel, Sr Consultant and Director, Bariatric and Advance Laparoscopy Surgery, BLK Super Specialty Hospital said.
    For years, Ali had to contend with a heavy intake of food. His regular diet regimen included 24 eggs in breakfast, two chickens with 12 chapattis in lunch, and one goat in dinner along with two liters of milk and 15 khaboos (Arabic flat bread).

    Ali started to gain weight rapidly over the last four years and this became associated with a string of medical issues, including uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep disorder. Because of obstructive sleep apnoea, Ali had to depend on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. “Firstly, locating abdomen during operation was most challenging as Ali had developed more than one feet of fat deposition around his belly. All his organs were densely covered with layers of fat,” Dr Goel said.

    “Secondly, controlling his heart beat, blood pressure and sugar level was also critical. Given his size, two surgeons had to stand on stools and Ali had to be laid down on two operation tables,” Dr Goel said.

    The administration had to make special bed arrangements in ICU for Ali to lie down properly. Once logistics were managed to accommodate him, the operation went on smoothly. “Despite his heavy weight, the team performed the surgery only in an hour’s time using minimally invasive surgery,” Dr Goel explained. Ali would be able to lose almost half of his weight in next 12 months, he said.


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  • Impact of wars: Syrian child mistakes camera for gun in disturbing photo

    Syria: In a heartbreaking incident, photojournalist Nadia AbuShaban tweeted a photo of a child in Syria holding her hands up in surrender. She mistakenly felt that the photojournalist was holding a gun instead of a camera.

    The photo reflects the reality of the strife-torn country where children witness weapons and guns across all quarters. The photo has been retweeted over 10,000 times.

    In the photo, the young girl is reaching her hands as high up as she possibly can, apparently surrendering for her life in the fear that the photojournalist is threatening her with a gun.

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  • SC issues notice to BJP leaders LK Advani, Joshi, 18 others

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to senior BJP leader LK Advani and 19 others on a petition filed by Haji Mahmood (of the Sunni Waqf Board), challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict acquitting them of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

    A bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra, meanwhile, granted four-week time to the Central Bureau of Investigation and others to explain the delay in appealing against the HC order.

    Though the matter is pending before the apex court since March 3, 2011, but for the first time it came up for hearing after the formation of the Narendra Modi government, triggering speculation whether there would be any shift in the stand of the government from the one taken by the UPA government.

    The notice on the CBI plea was issued on March 03, 2011 and the matter has been listed before the court 23 times.

    The CBI, which had moved the apex court on February 18, 2011, nearly nine months after the Allahabad High Court verdict on May 20, 2010, has yet to persuade the court on the justification for delay in challenging the High Court order.

    The CBI, in its appeal before the apex court, has said that the verdict discharging Advani and others of the offence of criminal conspiracy "is inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad High Court on February 12, 2001".

    The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High court by its February 12, 2001 order had held that the trial court committed no illegality in taking "cognizance of joint consolidated chargesheet and all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction to accomplish the conspiracy".

    The High Court by its said order had noted that the "evidence for all the offences was almost the same".

    Besides Advani, other accused include senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders MM Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Hari Dalmiya, Sadhvi Ritambrara, and Mahant Avaidyanath.

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  • No Indian Study Links Cigarettes With Cancer, Says BJP Chief of Parliamentary Committee

    New Delhi: India will miss the deadline for a major initiative to dissuade smoking. Tobacco companies had been told late last year that starting April 1, they would have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packets from next year.

    However, a parliamentary committee has recommended more discussion on this, allowing tobacco firms a breather.

    The head of that panel, BJP law-maker Dilip Kumar Gandhi, told NDTV today that India has little independent evidence to link cigarettes and cancer. "Does this (smoking) cause cancer or does not? What are the impacts? We have never done our own survey," he said.

    It will be upto the government to decide whether to accept the parliamentary panel’s recommendations, but activists say the missed deadline does not bode well.

    "This is just a front for the tobacco industry, it’s going to affect the bottom line of companies and that’s the smoke screen they have put up," said Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director of the Voluntary Health Association of India.

    "In a country like ours, where a large section of the population cannot read or write and more users are coming on board, pictorial warnings are the need of the hour," she stressed.

    In November, health campaigners had welcomed India’s plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarette sales, calling them a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year.

    The plans were announced by Health Minister JP Nadda in Parliament but have not progressed.

    Around 900,000 people die of tobacco-related illnesses in India each year, the second-highest number after China, and experts predict that could rise to 1.5 million by the end of the decade.


    Courtesy: NDTV


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  • 9.13 Lakh fake currency seized in Bengaluru

    Bengaluru: Beware of counterfeit notes in circulation. Fake notes worth Rs 9.13 lakh were seized from six persons near the flyover at B Narayanapura junction, east Bengaluru by the CCB.

    Joint commissioner of police (crime) Chandrashekhar said a Central Crime Branch (CCB) team intercepted a Tata Indica at the junction on Monday and arrested the six persons travelling in it.

    "The CCB team seized the car and 10 mobile phones from them. There were 399 fake notes of Rs 1000 denomination, and 1028 notes of Rs 500," said Chandrashekhar.

    The arrested are Afroze 41, from Gauribidanur, Chikkaballapur district; Sabir Ali alias Babu, 23, and Masood, 18, both from West Bengal; Asifulla Khan and Mahid Ullakhan, from Mysore, and Syed Asif from KG Halli in east Bengaluru.

    Police said they are part of a bigger gang who circulate fake currency in the country. "The fake notes, printed in Pakistan and transported to Bangladesh, is smuggled into India through the porous border along Malda district of West Bengal," a police officer said.



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  • ED attaches Rs 24.37 crore in illegal mining case against Reddy

    Bengaluru: Enforcement Directorate has attached Rs 24.37 crore being the proceeds of alleged illegal mining carried out by a mining firm owned by former Karnataka minister and mining baron Janardhana Reddy and his wife.

    "We have attached Rs 24,37,00,733.50 of proceeds of crime from illegally mined iron ore, carried out in Bellary by Associated Mining Company, a firm owned by Janardhana Reddy, and his wife Lakshmi Aruna," ED Joint Director John Kingsly told sources here.

    With this attachment, total proceeds of crime attached by ED in this case had gone up to Rs 62.09 crore, Kingsly said.

    Reddy is facing several criminal cases including illegal mining and had been released from prison on bail in January last after being arrested by the CBI in 2011.

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  • Gujarat assembly passes controversial Anti-terror bill for fourth time

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government tabled and passed the controversial Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime Bill in the state Assembly on Tuesday. It was the last day of the ongoing budget session. The Congress legislature party abstained from voting on certain clauses of the bill.

    This bill aims to empower the law enforcing authorities to intercept phone calls, recording of which will be admissible in the court as evidence.It says that the interception of such communication to obtain evidence is inevitable and an indispensable aid for the law enforcement.

    The Bill aims to empower the law enforcing authorities to intercept and record phone calls as evidence and gives them other contentious powers. As per the bill, recording will be admissible in the court as evidence. The bill also puts the onus of proving the innocence of an accused.
    Justifying the provision, the 'Statement of Objects and Reasons' in the bill states that it is necessary in the contemporary day where organised criminal syndicates make extensive use of wire and oral communication.

    The GUJCOC bill, which is on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), was rejected in 2004 and 2008 by the then President AJP Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively who had suggested some amendments in the provisions related to telephone interception and confession made before police officer being considered as evidence in court.
    After its passage for the third time in the state assembly, the bill is still pending for clearance from the President. Human right activists have also strongly condemned the bill.
    Gujarat government to table 'Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime Bill' in state Assembly today

    In the new draft, tabled today, the government has retained the provision related to confession made before a police officer. It is proposed that the officer should be of Superintendent of Police (SP) rank or above.

    Renamed as Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime ( GCTOC) Bill 2015, came up for discussion on the last day of the ongoing budget session on March 31.



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  • Madikeri: Valour and Contribution of Gen K S Thimayya Remembered on Birth Anniversary

    Madikeri: The valour of the late General Kodandera Subayya Thimayya and his contribution to the nation was gratefully remembered in his late hometown on the occasion of his 109th birth anniversary.

    His lifesize statue at the General Thimayya circle was garlanded. Leading the gathering were Air Marshal K C Cariappa, K C Subbaiah, president of Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimayya Forum, secretary Ulliada M Poovaiah, convener Major Biddanda M Nanjappa, office-bearers Col Appaiah and Nellamakkada Shambhu, Madikeri Kodava Samaj president Movera Shambhu Subbaiah, Madetira Belliappa, Manajur Manjunath of the department of Kannada and culture, General Public School principal Saraswati and others.

    Major Biddanda Nanjappa exhorted the younger generation to join the armed forces and emerge as "Generals', imbibing inspiration from the two great sons of Kodagu. He also expressed displeasure that although a plan to convert General Thimayya's residence 'Sunnyside' into a museum had been afoot for over ten years, not much progress had been made.

    Earlier, those present converged at 'Sunnyside' premises and offered their tribute to the late General. Air Marshal Cariappa recalled the gallantry displayed by the late General in various operations across the country and also abroad.

    General Thimayya had resigned from the Indian Army in protest against the trifurcaton of the armed forces. Thereafter he had been posted to Nicosia to head the UN peace-keeping forces. He died in Cyprus during his posting there in 1965.


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  • Love failure: Hostel attender shoots college student in Bengaluru

    Bengaluru : In an act of revenge for rejecting his love,  a jilted lover allegedly killed a student by shooting her on her head in the hostel premises in Bengaluru on Tuesday, March 31 late night.

    The deceased Gouthami (18), a second year P U Student was shot dead by the accused Mahesh (28) who worked as a hostel attender at Pragathi Residential School in Kadugodi after she rejected his proposal. 

    It is also said that he assaulted Gouthami’s friend Shirisha who was present during the incident. Shirisha’s condition is said to be critical.

    Gouthami, hailing from Pavagada in Tumkur was residing at the hostel for her education. 

    Mahesh who hails from Shivamogga is said to be absconding.

    Karnataka Home Minister K J George, City Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi, Additional Commissioner (West) Alok Kumar, DCP Rohini who visited the spot informed that they have formed three special squads to nab the accused.  


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  • Abandoned by AAP, is Prashant Bhushan mulling to form a new party?

    New Delhi: Ousted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan has indicated to form a new political party after he and Yogendra Yadav were expelled from the national executive.

    According to reports, all the volunteers will meet on April 14 to take a concrete decision over the matter. The meeting is expected to be attended by several members of the party’s national executive and national council. Earlier on Saturday, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were ousted from the party’s national executive.

    Out of the 311 national executive members present in yesterday’s national council meeting, an overwhelming 247 members voted against Bhushan and Yadav while just 8 votes were cast in their favour. The party also removed Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha from the national executive.

    The party’s internal rift had widened after Yadav and Bhushan were accused of working for party’s defeat during the Delhi Assembly polls last month.


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  • Bengaluru: Kannada mandatory subject in Karnataka

    Bengaluru (PTI): Kannada language will be a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board and a compulsory medium of instruction from classes one to five.

    This is envisaged in the Kannada Language Learning Bill, 2015 making Kannada a mandatory subject in classes one to ten and Right To Education Act Amendment Bill which were passed by a voice vote in the state Assembly today.

    The second bill amended Section 29 (2) of the Right To Education Act to change the provision "medium of instruction shall, as far as practicable, be in mother's tongue" to "Kannada or mother tongue will be medium of instruction in primary schools" from classes to one to five.

    The amendment would help the government in its arguments before the Supreme Court when the curative petition related to its language policy is taken up.

    The Supreme Court had rejected a revision petition filed by the state government seeking review of its ruling which upheld a Karnataka High Court judgement striking down its government order issued in 1994 to impose Kannada or mother tongue as a medium of instruction in primary schools. ...

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  • Income tax department 'names and shames' big tax defaulters

    New Delhi: The Income Tax department on Tuesday took to the strategy of 'naming and shaming' of some large tax defaulters as it published names of 18 entities who owe over Rs 500 crore tax to the exchequer.

    "The step is aimed to publicise and put these names in public domain so that the common man can come forward to help the department in knowing the whereabouts of these. The step is to enhance public awareness against these entities who are acting against law. These names were earlier were put up the department's website earlier," a senior I-T officer said.

    Newspapers on Tuesday carried the names of the tax defaulters and the data published was quoted to have been published by the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Administration) based in the national capital.

    Adopting an aggressive approach, government had for the first time gone public with names of 18 tax defaulters, including Goldsukh Trade and Somani Cements which, according to I-T, have turned wilful defaulters.

    In a bid to force them these entities paying their dues, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had asked the I-T department to post on its website, few days back, the names of 18 defaulters, of whom 11 are based in Gujarat.

    "Defaulters are advised to pay tax arrears immediately," said the notice.

    "This is the first time the department has put in public domain a list of those wilful tax defaulters who have a tax liability of Rs 10 crore and above," a senior tax official had said, adding that in many cases the assessees were not "traceable".

    "The department, in the public notice, has provided the PAN number and the last known address of these defaulters for the public to know," the official added.

    The official said periodically the department has been proposing "naming and shaming" of wilful defaulters and the step has now been taken on the last day of the current financial year on Tuesday.

    The companies in the list include Somani Cement with tax arrears of Rs 27.47 crore, Blue Information Technology (Rs 75.11 cr), Appletech Solutions (Rs 27.07 cr), Jupiter Business (Rs 21.31 cr) and Hirak Biotech (Rs 18.54 cr).

    The other Gujarat-based companies which figured in the defaulters list include Icon Bio Pharma & Healthcare Ltd (Rs 17.69 cr), Banyan & Berry Alloys (Rs 17.48 cr), Laxminarayan T Thakkar (Rs 12.49 cr), Virag Dyeing & Printing (Rs 18.57 cr), Poonam Industries (Rs 15.84 cr), Kunvar Ajay Food Pvt Ltd (Rs 15 cr).

    Besides, names of Jaipur-based Goldsukh Trade India (Rs 75.47 cr), Kolkata-based Victor Credit & Construction (Rs 13. 81 cr), Mumbai-based Noble Merchandise (Rs 11.93 cr) are also there in the list.

    The list also includes the legal heir of Pune-based GK Dharne involving a tax default of Rs 38.31 crore.

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  • 'Congress leaders plan to join BJP before Assembly polls'

    Mysuru: Senior BJP leader and opposition leader in the Legislative Council K.S. Eshwarappa claimed that many Congress leaders are looking at BJP for contesting the next Assembly polls. He was speaking at the valedictory of the BJP medical practitioners cell membership drive in city on March 30.

    The BJP has become the single largest political party in the world with a membership of 8.75 crore. Stating that BJP National President Amit Shah had set a membership target of 10 crore, Eshwarappa said already 8.75 crore people across the country have enrolled themselves as party members, which is higher than the figure of a political party in China.

    Pointing out that the BJP Medical cell has 52,500 members, which is a record of sorts, the BJP leader recalled his days in the erstwhile Jan Sangh. Noting that BJP has grown over the years due to the untiring efforts of workers and leaders, Eshwarappa said with Narendra Modi heading the nation, other countries are looking towards India for bonding ties.

    Hitting out at critics for portraying BJP as a pro-Hindu outfit, Eshwarappa ridiculed claims of some political leaders that BJP was a non-secular party. Eshwarappa expressed confidence that the BJP would certainly come to power once again in the State.

    MP Pratap Simha, in his address, recalled on how the medical practitioners had infused confidence in him when he was asked to contest from Mysuru-Kodagu seat in last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

    A list of 5,188 active members of the cell was presented to Eshwarappa on the occasion. It was also announced that the city BJP unit has 52,500 members.

    L. Nagendra, former KEA Chairman B.P. Manjunath, District BJP President Hemanth Kumar Gowda, BJP Medical Practitioners cell convenor Dr. Manjunath and others were present.



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  • 232 Gram Panchayats in DK to undergo election

    Mangaluru : As many as 232 gram panchayats in Dakshina Kannada District including 29 new gram panchayats will undergo elections in the coming days.
    This was informed to the reporters by Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim on Tuesday, March 31 at his office here.
    He further said that during the division of new gram panchayats recently, except Pilya gram panchayat, there was no objection from public in the district. Accordingly in 7 gram panchayats in Mangaluru, 12 in Bantwal, 5 in Belthanagdy, 4 in Puttur and 1 in Sullia were formed.


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  • 2 die, 2 injured in road mishaps at Manjeshwar

    Kasargod :  Two  persons  lost their lives and two others  sustained injuries in  two road accidents reported from near Manjeshwar on March 31, Tuesday.

    In the first mishap, a scooterist  identified as Abdul Khader(42) from Hosangadi lost his life while  the pillion rider Siddique (28) sustained injuries when the scooter collided with a  car heading towards the Mangaluru Airport. It is learnt, both Khader and Siddique were returning home after fishing when the mishap took place.

    In another accident on the National Highway at Udyavar,  Thausif (21) from Uppala  breathed his last when the bike he was riding  was hit by a pick-up vehicle. Ilyas (22) also of Uppala who was pillion riding was injured.

    Manjeshwar police have registered a case.


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  • Mangaluru: Riya (15) daughter of Corporator Vinayaraj Passes Away

    Mangaluru: Riya Vinayaraj A (15), daughter of A C Vinayaraj (Corporator, MCC) and Anu Joseph from Shivbhag, passed away on March 29.\

    Riya was the daughter of corporator A C Vinayaraj and Anu Joseph from Shivabagh. She was studying St Agnes High School.  She was suffering from Leukemia from 15 Months.  On March 29, she breathed her last.

    Funeral Cortege leaves residence Flat No. 102, Madonna Manor, 4th Cross, Shivbhag for  St Antony's Syrian Cathedral, Near 2nd Bridge, Morgansgate, Jeppu,  on 1 April 2015, at 11.00 am. Funeral service at 11.30 am.

    Team NamMa TV expresses their sincere condolences  to the bereaved family.


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  • Talwar Jagga launches attack on son’s alleged killer’s family

    Mangaluru : In an act of revenge, a gang barged into the house of an accused in a murder case with an intention to kill him, however did not succeed as the targeted individual was not available at his residence.
    On Monday, March 30, around 11p.m. rowdy-sheeter Jagga alias Talwar Jagga, Mahesh, Keerthan, Deekshith, Rajesh and Mohith allegedly barged into the compound of a woman named Vidya and damaged properties. They then broke into the house and demanded Vidya to inform them about the whereabouts of Abhi alias Abhilash, prime accused in the murder of Varun, a few months ago. The deceased Varun is Talwar Jagga’s son.

    On not getting a positive response from Vidya, the gang allegedly broke the windows of the house. On noticing this, Arun, Vidya’s brother and a rickshaw-driver by profession who lives in the adjacent house, ran into Vidya’s rescue. On questioning the atrocities of the gang, they are said to have launched a murderous assault on Arun. However, he managed to escape with cuts on his right palm.
    A case has been registered against Talwar Jagga and the gang at Urwa police station. Police sources revealed that the gang wanted to kill Abhilash and chances of another attack are ripe.  


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  • Social survey/ Census, citizens must co-operate to maximum

    Udupi : Speaking at the  inaugural os a workshop on social and educational census organised by the District Administration in association with District Information Department,  Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Kanagavalli said participation of all in social and educational survey initiated by the State government is needed to evaluate the social and education status of every individual.

    The CEO said accurate details of social and education status of each individual would enable the government to formulate developmental schemes for different categories.

    The social and educational census is to be held this month which is initiated by the State government to be used to design programmes.  The programmes for various classes and creeds at present  is based on the survey that was held in the year 1931. The out dated data is not justified in the introduction of developmental programmes of all communities in the present times.   The Additional Deputy Commissioner also said there was criticisms over the survey to be taken up, the survey will prove to be helpful in the future.

    The schoolteachers are appointed for the purpose and would result in the proper  collection of data as they are specifically trained. All steps are in place for an accurate survey.


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  • Mangaluru: KSCA Secretary Brijesh Patel Inspects land for Cricket Stadium in City

    Mangaluru: Former Cricketer and Karnataka State Cricket Association Secretary, Brijesh Patel, along with the Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim visited and inspected the site at Bondel where plans are on to build a cricket stadium here, on April 1.

    After inspecting the site, Brijesh Patel speaking to mangalorean.com said, "We are very serious to have a cricket stadium here in Mangaluru. It is not easy to get a large area of land in Mangaluru city. This is a suitable place for the boys to come and practice."

    "The ground near the DC office is a public ground. We need good facilities for the boys to practice cricket which is not possible at the Nehru Maidan."

    When asked about the Sahyadri campus ground which has started cricket practice, Brijesh replied, "We do not see many boys practicing there as the place is very far, and now since it is a exam time, for three months, they will be busy preparing for their examination."

    "In Shivamogga, Hubli and Belgaum, the grounds are ready. In Hubli, we installed lights and have played the APL. In Belgaum and Mysuru, the grounds are ready." He also said that in Karnataka there are many fast bowlers and the focus will be on their activities.

    Speaking to mangalorean.com, DC Ibrahim said that the land is under the PWD. "We are developing the city according to the concept of Srinivas Mallya. The district administration is considering Kavoor as one of the centres in the district because it is easily accessible to people coming from Udupi, the airport and other places. In 1960, this land was acquired for the Taluk and DC office but for various reasons the project was not successful. Now the DC office will be shifted to Padil. In the district, Hampankatta has become the nucleus. We need to make the district a multi-nucleus city thus helping to reduce traffic congestion."

    "We will use Hampankatta as a commercial hub and as part of this, we have shifted the Mangaluru City Corporation to Lalbagh, Now, the DC office and other administration offices will also be shifted, so that the entire district will witness development."

    "Kavoor is easily accessible and we have acquired land for the Rang Mandir. The area will be developed once, we build the Rang Mandir and the cricket stadium. At present, 9 acres of empty land is available, but the KSCA demands for 30 acres of land to have a fully fledged cricket stadium with seating arrangements for 60,000 people. Earlier, people were coming in large numbers to watch the cricket matches. Now because of live telecast, it has become a thing of the past. Many people do not go to the stadium to watch the cricket match; they sit at home and watch the live telecast. Only for the stadium, 4 acres of land is necessary other infrastructure can be built in the remaining land. In Sharjah and West Indies, some stadiums have 10,000 to 15,000 seating capacity. Likewise, we will also make 10,000 to 15,000 seating arrangement in the stadium."

    "At present, we have to send the proposal to the government and the government will make the final decision. The Minister for Youth Services and Fisheries Abhaychandra Jain is showing keen interest to have a cricket stadium," he said.

    KSCA Mangaluru Zone convener Manohar Amin, KSCA member Naveen Cardoza, MUDA Commissioner Mohammed Nazir and other officials were also present.


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  • Gold jewelry, Rs. 2 lakh robbed from a house in Kolya

    Ullala: Gold jewelries and cash worth lakhs was looted from a house in Kolya on the late night of Tuesday March 31.

    The house located behind Kolya Shri Mookambika temple was belonged to a lady named Saraswathy. The robbers entered the house from the back door  in the late night when the occupants of the house were asleep and decamped with Rs. 2 lakh cash and 45 sovereign gold.  

    Journalist Jayanth Ullal had kept the money and the jewelry in the house as he was building a new house. ACP Kalyani Shetty, Ullala police officer Savithr Teja, SI Bharathi and sniffer dog squad visited the spot and investigation is on.

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  • City doctor accused of raping Bengaluru woman

    Mangaluru : A doctor form city has been accused of rape on a woman whom he developed intimacy through a matrimonial site.
    The accused is Dr Suresh Kumar practicing at a private hospital here. The complaint filed by the woman hailing from Bengaluru stated that she was introduced to the doctor through a matrimonial site nine months ago.
    The doctor who was already married, promised her to divorce his wife. The woman visited the doctor in Mangaluru on August 8, 2014. It is said that during her visit, the accused is said to have allegedly raped her in his house and warned her of dire consequences if she revealed the truth.
    After returning to Bengaluru, the victim is said to have filed a case at Mahalakshmi Layout police station. But as the incident took place in Mangaluru, the case has been transferred to Pandeshwar Women’s police station.
    Investigation is under progress.


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  • Thousands to Pray and Walk on Good Friday for Govt Attention on Christians Attacks

    Mumbai: Thousands of Christians will trudge a grueling and arduous walk, over kilometers in scorching heat, starting out from Sacred Heart Church in suburban Mumbai's Khar West, while a troupe will enact scenes, believed to have happened on the first Good Friday. The walking pilgrimage will start in the morning at around 10.30 am and conclude in the evening at around 4 pm. The procession with various tableau will wend its way through the lanes of Mumbai's Khar, Santacruz, Vakola and Kalina in the suburbs. The crucifixion dramatization near St. Anthony's Church, Vakola, moves many to tears, even as some stand bare feet at the end of a fulfilling spiritual experience of 40 days of prayer, fasting, abstinence and repentance.

    The procession in its 28th year, draws Christians from all over the city, with even children, women, priests and nuns joining in to partake in portrayal of the torture and death of Jesus Christ, enacted through a musical played out on the streets. The faithful pray and mourn for the intention of the day - Christians denied freedom of faith and religious liberty.

    Speaking on the 2015 theme, Joseph Dias, who started this tradition 27 years ago, which has not found a parallel in the country said, "The intention this year "Persecution in India & Praying for the Government to Act" in addition to persecution around the world. Even though the community contributes majorly towards ameliorating the lot of the poor and needy, the government apathy towards Indian Christians is taking its toll, even as communal elements target us. A Christian way to deal with the issue is to first solemnly fast and intercede with God, which is what we are doing today. Jesus told us to pray for our persecutors and this is a public display of our hurt sentiments and a cry for justice.The community, being ignored is determined not to take it lying down".

    Thousands of passer-byes will witness the Calvary (place where Jesus was crucified) story, with biblical characters acting out the arrest and the last few hours before Jesus death. Similar enactments are known to happen in the Philippines and Latin America, with a couple of Christians actually being nailed to a cross, to experience in a small way the suffering of Jesus on the first Good Friday. In India though, Joseph Dias, who is the general secretary of The CSF, pointed out that it is the only one of its kind and was also started since many non-Christians believed that Good Friday is a feast, rather than a day of mourning. He pointed out that "while fundamentalists of various hues and colours are persecuting Christians, the inaction and official neglect by the government is appalling; as Christians have their human rights violated and are not given their due. But, the example of Jesus and Christianity commands us not to retaliate, but express ourselves in a non-violent manner. As a micro minority, with minuscule numbers to be politically influential; the government seems to take us for granted. This march signals the heralding of Christians as politically active citizens".

    The pilgrims will look forward to a new hope, that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter Sunday brings, which will also be enacted, near St. Charles Convent, Vakola. The Stations of the Cross, as the devotion is called will stop still at 3 pm, believed to be the time, when Jesus died or the moment of grace to pray for the intentions and the theme.The focus will also be on Christians activists in various parts of the country, who are victims of police atrocities and Christians undergoing severe persecution from fundamentalists and anti-national forces. Other forms of discrimination faced by the community mentioned were those of political alienation, bureaucratic victimization, Dalit Christians, anti-conversion laws, targeted violence, economic deprivation, social boycott, etc.

    The 15 Stations of the Cross enacted will be sequences such as - the arrest of Jesus, Jesus being sentenced by Pontius Pilate, the falls of Jesus, Jesus meeting the women of Jerusalem, his mother and disciples at the cross, Veronica wiping the face of Jesus... This, many community members feel is a dignified Christian way protesting against the subtle and not so subtle attacks on the community.


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  • Two more arrested in 13/7 Mumbai serial blast case

    Mumbai:  The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested two alleged associates of top Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the 2011 serial blasts in the metropolis.

    ATS took custody of Sayyed Ismail Afaq Lanka (36) and Saddam Hussain Fairoz Khan (28) -- residents of Bhatkal in Karnataka -- from Bengaluru Police.
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    The duo is suspected to have provided explosive materials to Yasin to carry out blasts across the country, including the 2011 bombings here, it said.

    Three powerful blasts ripped through crowded areas in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, killing at least 21 people and injuring 141 others.

    According to ATS, Bengaluru Police had on January 8 arrested Lanka and Khan with explosives and booked them under Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act (UAPA) and Explosives Substances Act.

    "Our team went and questioned the two. During questioning it emerged Lanka and Khan had supplied explosives to Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Haddi, another accused in the case, too to execute the blasts in Mumbai," said an ATS officer.

    The duo would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

    With their arrest, total 12 people have been arrested in connection with the blasts. Those arrested earlier include Yasin, Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar (both students), Mohammed Kafeel, a Bihar resident, Haroon Rasheed Naik, Waqqas, Tehseen Shaikh alias Monu, Haddi and Ejaz Shaikh.

    Kanwarnain Pathreja, a Delhi-based hawala operator was also arrested in the case and later granted bail.

    Those still wanted in the case are Riyaz Bhatkal, Wasim alias Ibrahim, Muzaffar Kola and his nephew Ubaid.




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  • 13th Annual Pratishta Mahotsava of Lakshminarayana Mandir of Shreemadbharath Mandali held

    Mumbai : 137 year old Shreemadbharath Mandali, Mumbai which was established by Kannagaar Shri Rama Panji in 1878, conductors of Shree Lakshminarayana Mandir and Veera Desai Road, Andheri East here celebrated 13th Annual  Pratishta Mahotsava on 29th March, 2015.

    Day long Religious Rituals started from 8.30 am with the guidance of temple Archaka Guruprasad Bhat followed by Utsava Bali by Suresh Bhat Kuntadi along with Nadaswara by Dinesh Kotiyan & Group of Jerimari.

    Thousands of devotees were present during the Mahapooja.

    The cultural and devotional songs programme was inaugurated by Industrialist, Social worker Sanjeeva K Bangera.  President Jagannata P Putran, Vice Presidents Raghunath B Kunder, Sanjeeva B Chandan, Hon. Gen. Secretary V K Suvarna, Jt. Secretary Lokanath P Kanchan, Hon. Treasurer Moolur Keshava R Putran, Jt.Treasurers Anand L Karkera and Narayana C Suvarna, Trustees Jagannath P Puthran & V K Suvarna, Managing committee members Nagesh L Mendon, Sanjeeva Salian, Loknath Mendon, Gangadhar T Salian, Shashikumar S Kotian, Surendranath Haleangadi, Harischandra K Kanchan, Harichandra C. Kanchan, Shyam K Puthran, Members of Ladies wing, Indira V Mendon, Ashok L Karkera, Shyam K Puthran, Pooja Incharge Vasu Uppoor and others were present.

    Enchanting devotional songs by ‘Ragasangama’ directed by Yermal Ganesh and Nritya Vaibhaa by Diksha Devadiga, Saraswati Mendon, and Druti Idya was presented.

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  • UAE carriers introduce 'rule of two' after Alps crash

    Dubai: Leading carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways said Monday that their cockpits will have two crew members in at all times under new procedures introduced in response to the Germanwings disaster.

    Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit of Flight 4U 9525 and deliberately steered the Airbus A320 into a French mountainside last week, killing all 150 people onboard.

    "Although there is no international industry regulation that mandates this as a compulsory practice, Emirates has implemented a new operating policy where there would always be two crew members in the cockpit," a spokesperson for the Dubai-based carrier told AFP. 

    "This is effective immediately."

    Etihad Airways made a similar announcement, saying: "We have reviewed our operating procedures and will continue to do so in the light of the disturbing and tragic news from France.

    "With immediate effect Etihad Airways will ensure there are always two crew members in the flight deck at all times on all flights," the Abu Dhabi carrier said.

    The announcements by the two United Arab Emirates carriers follow similar moves by many European airlines to implement the so-called "rule of two", which is already standard in the United States. 

    Australia and Canada have ordered their airlines to do likewise.

    French officials say the Germanwings crash appears to have been a case of suicide and mass killing.


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  • 8th Shree Sathyanarayana puja held with great devotion by The Samoohika Shri Satyanarayana Puja Sami

    UAE: The Samoohika Shri Satyanarayana Puja Samithi Dubai organised their 8th Shree Sathyanarayana puja with great devotion at The Indian Academy School, Muhaisnah, Al Qusais here on 27th March 2015.

    The venue witnessed a devotional touch with more than 1200 devotees living in Dubai and the other Emirates who assembled in one place deeply immersed in hymns and bhajans in praise of the Lord, singing, clapping and enjoying the whole heavenly atmosphere with the smell of lighted incense sticks, lamps, flowers and beating of drums. The puja mantap which was beautifully decorated with flowers by Rajesh Kutthar and other preparations enhanced a large gathering and created a perfect environment for the Puja.

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    The puja was organised to create devotion in the minds and hearts of humans – thereby bringing in peace and harmony throughout the world. The scriptures say’ Mind is our own enemy, Mind is also our own friend’. The intentions behind the puja are to help mankind to control the mind and instill bhakti to channelise the energies into a harmonious whole.

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    On behalf of the devotees, senior members Mrs. & Mr.Yadav Kotian represented and performed the puja rituals by the able guidance of noted purohith Raghu Bhat. The puja programme had several events such as Sankalpa, aspiring bhajans, mahapooja, prasadam distribution and mahaprasadam. Representatives of Various Bhajana Mandalis of UAE added more colour to the programme by chanting various devotional bhajans, supported by Raghu Poojary in Harmonium , Rajesh Kutthar In Tabla and under the guidance of Dinesh Acharya .All the devotees were engrossed in the Puja with bhajans.

    Later Harish Kamath, the man behind the concept of formation of Samoohika Shri Sathyanarayana Puja Samithi in Dubai by including all the communities and successfully organizing 8th continuous Samoohika Shri Sathyanarayana Puja was felicitated on behalf of the puja samithi for his contributions and efforts to preserve our tradition and culture.

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    Various community members and leaders gathered for the auspicious puja and also supported for the grand success of Sathyanarayana Puja. The Samoohika Shri Sathyanarayana Puja samithi extended their gratitude to all devotees,supporters, sponsors and the media for making Shree Sathyanarayana Puja a grand success.


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  • UAE: Rare Surgery Performed on Newborn Baby in GMC Hospital Ajman

    UAE: Dr Lalit Parida, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman operated upon the 12 days old baby and corrected the rare anomaly.

    When a baby was born to a certain couple their joy was understandable as their previous baby had unfortunately died during pregnancy. But their happiness was short lived as the newborn baby gradually developed severe breathing difficulty. He was investigated at GMC Hospital, Ajman and found to have right sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia. In this defect there is a hole in the diaphragm, which is the muscle which separates the chest from the abdomen. In their baby, there was a large hole in the right side of the diaphragm muscle. The entire right side of the liver along with the large and small intestine had gone into the right chest through this hole. These organs then pressed the right lung directly resulting in severe breathing difficulty and also the heart was pushed to the extreme left side of the chest. This is a life threatening condition and the baby was put on a mechanical ventilator (breathing machine) in the hospital’s NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

    The NICU team consulted Dr Lalit Parida, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman for the surgical treatment. The parents were explained in detail about their baby’s condition by Dr Lalit, who then operated upon the 12 days old baby and corrected the anomaly.

    While explaining the surgery which was done under general anesthesia in the 2.8 kilograms baby, Dr Lalit said he made an incision in the abdomen and had to bring back the liver and intestines from the chest into the abdomen. He then closed the large hole in the diaphragm muscle and then finally closed the incision made in the abdomen. The baby had to stay on the mechanical ventilator for few days after surgery and thereafter was breathing and eating on his own. The baby was finally discharged from the hospital in excellent condition. The parents were very happy when they received their bundle of joy and expressed their gratitude to Dr Lalit and all involved hospital staff for the successful treatment.

    According to Dr Lalit, this is a rare birth defect which is seen once in every few thousand births and is usually seen on the left side of the diaphragm and right sided diaphragmatic hernia is uncommon. These babies can have additional lung, heart and bowel defects which can be very severe in some cases, sometimes even resulting in death.
    Dr Lalit Parida is working as a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman which is the first JCI accredited hospital in Ajman. He has received his Pediatric Surgery training from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He has additionally received advanced surgical training in USA from the highly prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis.


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

    By Deepti Rani.

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  • Railway overbridge causing nuisance to public in Kodakkal near Padil

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

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

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

    By: Deepti Rani

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  • Manipal Students Harrased by Police

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

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

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

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

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

    By- A Student of MANIPAL

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