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  • Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as BJP’s first CM in Maharashtra

    Mumbai, October 31, 2014:  Devendra Fadnavis has been sworn in as the BJP’s first Maharashtra chief minister, the state’s 27th. A small group of ministers is now being sworn in at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium, which is filled to capacity.







    On another stage, Prime Minster Narendra Modi, seated next to BJP veteran LK Advani, leads a star-studded turnout. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrived a little after Mr Fadnavis took oath and is seated on the same stage as Mr Modi, next to the Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan, the outgoing chief minister.

    After the Shiv Sena publicly bemoaned the "humiliation" of its top leaders, BJP president Amit Shah allegedly phoned Mr Thackeray, and sought his attendance at the oath ceremony.

    Mr Thackeray had RSVP-ed the event, after the BJP rejected his party’s demand for its leaders to be included in the small cabinet that took oath today.

    While the Sena’s desire to join the government has been expressed in tones ranging from aggressive to coaxing, the BJP has so far only said that it hopes negotiations will come to fruition. The BJP and the Shiv Sena snapped a 25-year alliance in September; in the election that followed, the BJP lassoed its best-ever result, but not an outright majority. The Sena placed second, but any plans to exploit the BJP’s need for more seats were stultified with Sharad Pawar’s party, the NCP, deftly offering external support to a minority government.

    While being made to wait, the Sena has tried to prove its worth as a partner, using editorials in its mouthpiece to praise the Prime Minister and to wish Mr Fadnavis success in leading Maharashtra. Today’s editorial defends the scale of the event at Wankhede Stadium that stars Mr Fadnavis, has an invitee list of 30,000, and has been designed by a top Bollywood art director.

    "It’s laughable to hear criticism from those who supervised the loot of the state," said the Sena mouthpiece, offering a quick rebuttal to the Congress, which was defeated in the election and has censured the BJP for the pomp and splendor of today’s event.

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  • Black money list: Only 27 out of 627 to be prosecuted, govt to get mere Rs 750 crores

    New Delhi, Oct 30, 2014: Only 27 people out of 627 will be prosecuted for having black money in foreign accounts from next month, as per reports on Thursday.

    Also, 289 people have zero balance in the list of Indians who have accounts in HSBC bank, Geneva, in which tax probe for suspected black money has to be completed by March next year.

    And 13 accounts belongs to the corporates and trusts, plus 315 are taxable.

    Moreover, as per sources 136 account holders will deposit taxes.

    The government will reportedly get a mere Rs 750 crores in taxes.

    Complying with its directions, the Centre yesterday gave to the Supreme Court a list of 627 Indians who have accounts in HSBC bank in Geneva.

    The documents containing correspondence with French authorities, names of the account holders and the status report of the probe conducted so far in black money cases were submitted in separate sealed covers by the Attorney General which the apex court did not open.

    Instead, the Court said the envelopes would be opened by Chairman MB Shah and vice chairman Arijit Pasayat, both former judges of the Supreme Court, who are part of the court-appointed Special Investigation Team, and decide on future course of action.

    Appearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that some of the account holders have already admitted to having accounts and having paid taxes.

    Rohatgi said that details of account holders are of 2006 which were supplied by the French government to the Centre in 2011. Most transactions in those accounts took place during 1999 and 2000 and the last date for completion and assessment in all these cases is March 31, 2015.

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  • Patel glorified, Indira ignored, why?

    Bangalore: Leaders of the ruling Congress in Karnataka have taken umbrage to the BJP led NDA government’s plan to observe the birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man Of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 as Rashtriya Ekta Divas while ignoring the death anniversary of the late prime minister Indira Gandhi which falls on the same day.

    Prominent among them, KPCC vice president and former minister Prof B.K. Chandrashekhar, told sources that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of RSS were trying to “appropriate” Congress leaders who fought for freedom as neither RSS nor BJP had any towering personalities who were in the forefront of the freedom movement.

    “They made attempts to appropriate Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastri. They have planned to build a memorial for Sardar Patel. By doing so, the RSS and Mr Modi want to erase contributions of the late prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi,” he added.

    Prof Chandrashekhar wondered why former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee did not attempt such events. “Mr Modi has been projecting himself as ‘Modern Patel’. But, Mr Modi should understand that Mr Patel was preeminently a Congressman. Mr Patel was a secular leader. So, Mr Modi cannot compare himself with Patel,” he added.

    When his attention was drawn to imposition of emergency by the government headed by Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1975, Prof. Chandrashekhar said because of that single mistake, she lost the Lok Sabha election.

    “There ends the matter. How long can you stretch that issue? If you are saying 2002 carnage in Gujarat is past and one should look towards the future, why should one insist on regurgitating the emergency again and again?” he asked.

    The former Congress minister reminded leaders of RSS and BJP that it was the Congress government which conferred Bharat Ratna on Sardar Patel in 1991.

    “We always revered Sardar Patel. So, by highlighting the contributions of Patel and ignoring the contributions of the late Mrs Gandhi will not give BJP or RSS any credence of what the Congress has,” he added.

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  • PM flags off 'Run for Unity' to mark birth anniversary of Sardar Patel

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the "Run for Unity" at Vijay Chowk near Parliament in New Delhi on Friday morning to celebrate the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day.

    Earlier, PM Modi paid floral tributes at the statue of independent India's first home minister at Patel Chowk, Parliament Street.

    The government had earlier announced that it will observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on October 31 every year as National Unity Day as a tribute to his efforts to unite India.

    Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend a 'Run For Unity' in Hyderabad and will also attend a passing out parade for officers of the IPS (Indian Police Service) at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.

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  • Khattar to be next Haryana chief minister

    Chandigarh, Oct 21, 2014, (IANS): Manohar Lal Khattar will be the next chief minister of Haryana. Khattar, 60, former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ’Pracharak’, was chosen by newly elected legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party as their leader at a meeting here.

    He is a first-time BJP legislator from Karnal assembly constituency.

    The swearing-in of the new chief minister and other ministers is likely to take place Oct 26. The ceremony could be held at a sports stadium in Panchkula town, 15 km from here, instead of the Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

    In the Oct 15 elections to the Haryana state assembly, the BJP emerged the absolute winner for the first time on its own.

    Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior BJP leader Dinesh Sharma were sent by the BJP’s parliamentary board as observers for the meeting of its Haryana legislators that chose Khattar as tehir leader.

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  • Koppal ; Former constable attempts to assault MLA with chappal

    Koppal, Oct 20 : A former Bangalore City Armed Reserve police constable, suspected to be mentally ill, allegedly tried to assault the former Minister and Yelburga MLA Basavaraj Rayareddy with a ‘chappal’ at a function in Mudhol village in Koppal district on Saturday.



    As per reports Basavaraj Hosahalli allegedly assaulted the former minister with slippers at a function attended by Rayareddy and P.T. Parmeshwar Naik, Minister of State for Labour.


    The MLA Rayareddy was heading towards the stage with the minister and others after inaugurating an Industrial Training Institute building when the incident took place.


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  • BJP to decide Haryana CM today, Manohar Lal Khattar, Captain Abhimanyu frontrunners

    Chandigarh, October 21, 2014:  With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) all set to form the government in Haryana, lobbying for the post of chief minister has intensified. Even as the newly elected party legislators are getting ready to meet here on Tuesday afternoon, contenders for the chief minister’s post are doing their bit as well.

    Among the frontrunners for the top job are Manohar Lal Khattar (MLA from Karnal), Captain Abhimanyu (Narnaud), Ram Bilas Sharma (Mahendragarh), Anil Vij (Ambala), Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh and former MP Chaudhary Birender Singh.

    Meanwhile, the BJP parliamentary board has deputed Union minister Venkaiah Naidu and senior party leader Dinesh Sharma as observers for the meeting which is scheduled to be held after 2 pm today.

    According to BJP sources, Khattar (60) is likely to be the next chief minister of Haryana. He has been a prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader for the last four decades and close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He won the Karnal seat with a margin of 63,736 votes. Party sources said BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Jagdish Mukhi have invited him to take part in the discussions.

    When asked to comment, Khattar left it to the party high command to decide about who will be the chief minister. "BJP parliamentary board is supreme. Whatever they decide will be accepted by everyone. Our ideology clearly says that we do not believe in a caste. All the political parties, except the BJP, have divided Haryana among the castes," Khattar said.

    However, there are certain factors that can go against Khattar. Primary among them is the fact he is a first-timer and has no prior administrative experience.

    Among others vying for the chief minister’s post are those who didn’t even contest the Assembly elections. Prominent among these leaders are Chaudhary Birender Singh and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh. Chaudhary Birender has openly said that he is keen to become Haryana chief minister. Claiming that he is one of the contenders, he said that there was nothing wrong in staking claim, but the decision would be taken by the party high command. "Those who are in the politics should not hesitate to hope. But we also know that these decisions are taken by the party high command," he said.

    His wife Prem Lata, who won the Uchana Kalan Assembly seat by defeating Dushyant Singh Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal, has announced support for her husband who could not become the state’s chief minister while he was in the Congress party. "I will resign within a minute if the BJP high command gives him a chance to become the chief minister," Prem Lata said.

    Rao Inderjit Singh, who quit the Congress earlier this year to join the BJP, is also lobbying for the chief minister’s post. He has even indirectly claimed that he has the support of over a dozen party MLAs who want him to be the chief minister. "But the decision will be taken by the party high command after consulting the MLAs," he said.

    courtesy: Indiatoday


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  • New Delhi: Footballer in India Loses his Life While Celebrating a Goal

    New Delhi (AFP): A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, on Monday.

    Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday.

    As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates jumped on him to celebrate before they realised the extent of the injury and summoned an stretcher to rush him to hospital.

    Biaksangzuala died on Sunday after his condition deteriorated in hospital as doctors attempted to repair his damaged spine, the newspaper quoted hospital staff as saying.

    Lal Hmar, a football official in Mizoram state, told reporters in capital Aizawl that the young footballer had donated his eyes before his death. (ISL: Youth Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Delhi Dynamos - Atletico de Kolkata Match)

    "Peter was a very talented player who dreamt of playing in the national league," Hmar said. "His death has come as a big shock to all of us. We all thought he will recover."

    Hmar said the local association was planning to hold a charity match in Biaksangzuala's memory. Footballers are known to injure themselves while celebrating a goal, but there is no recorded instance of it causing a death. ...

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  • Dhaula Kuan gangrape case: Life sentence for all 5 accused

    New Dehli, Oct 20: A court in New Delhi on Monday awarded life sentence to all the five men convicted in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case.

    The accused have also been fined Rs.50,000 each.

    Last week, the court had held all five accused - Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin - in the 2010 gangrape of a BPO employee guilty.

     The five men were tried for the abduction and gangrape of the 30-year-old call centre executive in Dhaula Kuan area of south Delhi.

    According to the police, the five men abducted the woman, who was from the northeast, on November 24, 2010 while she was walking home with a friend after her shift ended. The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gangraped her, and left her on an isolated road there.

    The five were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana. They have claimed innocence, saying they were falsely implicated in the case.

    After the incident, Delhi Police ordered all the BPO companies in Delhi and the National Capital Region to ensure proper safety for women working late as they are picked and dropped to their homes.


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  • 2G money laundering: charges framed against Raja, Kanimozhi

    New Delhi: Major trouble is in store for former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi as a special court on Friday framed charges against them along with 17 others in connection with the 2G scam-related money laundering case. DMK chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal is also amongst the accused against whom charges have been framed under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. All the 19 accused have plead not guilty and have sought trial in the case.

    ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that the accused were involved in the Rs 200-crore money transaction which was not "bonafide" and "genuine" and it was a "bribe for grant of telecom licences to DB Group companies" by Raja. The agency had claimed that the series of transactions relating to transfer of Rs 200 crore from DB group company to DMK-run Kalaignar TV through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd were not "genuine business transaction". The accused, however, had countered the claims of the ED contending there was no evidence to support the allegations levelled by the agency in its charge sheet.

    The counsel appearing for Raja and Kanimozhi had argued that documents filed along with the ED's complaint nowhere show that they were connected with Rs 200-crore transaction from DB group to Kalaignar TV. Similarly, other co-accused, including Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, had argued that there were no evidence to connect them with the alleged crime and its proceeds. According to ED, Kanimozhi and co-accused Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV, were having 20 per cent stake each in the TV channel while Dayalu Ammal was holding the rest 60 per cent stake. All the individual accused in the case are presently out on bail.

    In its charge sheet, ED had claimed that its probe into the case emanates from the 2G spectrum allocation scam and the accused had allegedly conspired and committed offences under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Besides Raja, Kanimozhi and Dayalu Ammal, the other accused in the case are Shahid Usman Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Sharad Kumar, Bollywood producer Karim Morani and P Amirtham.

    ED has also named Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Kusegaon Realty Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd), Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd), Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd, Dynamix Realty, Eversmile Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Conwood Constructions and Developers (P) Ltd, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Constructions Pvt Ltd as accused in the case.

    ED had alleged that its investigation has revealed that Rs 200 crore was paid to Kalaignar TV by Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd in the "garb of legitimate financial transactions i.e. as loan/share application money". The charge sheet claimed that Rs 200 crore, which was paid in return for illegal favours given to Swan Telecom for grant of UAS licence, was repaid with additional money to show that it was a legal transaction.


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  • Allegation of foul play: Dead body unearthed for autopsy after one and a half month

    Shanivarasanthe: A dead body was unearthed for Post mortem after the one and a half month of its burial as the brother of the deceased alleged a foul play in his brother’s death. The dead body was taken out of the grave in the presence of Tahashildar on Thursday and was sent for autopsy.

    It is said that N.S Ganesh (53) resident of Besuru village died due to cardiac arrest on August 19 at his residence. His last rites were conducted by his brother and other family members. Ganesh married Veena of Besuru village 17 years ago and the couple has two children. The daughter is a SSLC student and the son is studying in 8th standard in Puttur. Veena was working as an agent in a private financial institution and it is alleged that she has developed closeness with Nandish, resident of Shanivarasanthe.

    After one month of Ganesh’s death Veena and Nandish got married in Mahalingeshwar temple in Puttur on September 19. This led to the suspicion that the death of Ganesh was not natural. However his brother Virupaksha filed a complaint in Shanivarasanthe police station alleging foul play in his brother’s death and demanded a thorough inquiry. On Thursday in the presence Somavarpet Tahashildra Venkatesh the corpse was unearthed and the doctors of Madikeri district hospital, Dr. Lohith and Shaila conducted the post mortem of the body.

    The real cause behind the death will be revealed only after the report from forensic lab is received.


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  • Activists moan, Anderson died without facing trial for the Bhopal gas tragedy

    New Delhi: Rights activists Friday said it was a pity that then Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson died without facing trial for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster that killed thousands.

    Activists who spoke to IANS on telephone from Bhopal also denounced the Indian and US governments for not taking steps that would have led to his arrest and extradition to India.

    Anderson, 92, died Sep 29 in Florida in the US. His death was not announced by the family but confirmed from public records, The New York Times reported.

    A Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal spewed poisonous gas on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984 killing about 3,000 people instantly and thousands more over the years, making it the world's worst industrial disaster.

    "It is a matter of great shame that this corporate criminal has died unshackled because of the protection offered by the US government and the negligence of the Indian government," Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action told IANS.

    An arrest warrant was issued for Anderson, and a Bhopal court declared him an absconder.

    Sarangi, a metallurgical engineer turned activist who has been in Bhopal since the disaster, said Anderson deserved to face charges of homicide and grievous assault that would have sent him to prison for life.

    "Unfortunately that did not happen," he said.

    "But we believe that the circumstance of his death and the fact that the death had to be kept a secret will be some kind of a lesson for corporate criminals who put profit before life."

    Another activist, Abdul Jabbar, said Anderson was very much to blame for the Bhopal tragedy and that is why the Central Bureau of Investigation named him the no. 1 accused.

    "A Bhopal judge issued a warrant for his arrest in March 1992. But just imagine, after so many years this was never executed and Anderson remained a free man.

    "This is not a small matter," Jabbar told IANS. "Indian governments kept promising that they were doing everything to bring him to India for trial. But nothing happened."

    In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470 million to the Indian government to settle litigation stemming from the disaster. The settlement was denounced by rights activists as peanuts considering the tragedy.

    The Indian government later paid Rs.8 lakh to the kin of each person who died.

    Jabbar said Anderson's death should be a relief to the Indian authorities.
    "They don't have to say any more they are chasing him."

    He hit out at both the US and Indian administrations for not being serious about proceeding legally against Anderson.

    "Indian governments indirectly supported Anderson. The Anderson saga has sent out a very bad message. That multinationals can get away with murder.

    "The American hypocrisy has been exposed. Their concept of justice is skewed. If they want, they can kill Osama bin Laden in another country. If they want, they can let Anderson remain in their own territory despite an arrest warrant."

    Sarangi and Jabbar put the number of deaths caused by the Bhopal disaster at between 25,000 and 35,000.

    "Today there are 120,000-150,000 people with chronic illnesses caused by the gas leak," Sarangi said.

    "Tens of thousands of second generation children suffer from growth and development disorders. And an unusually large number of children also have birth defects in Bhopal." ...

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  • Onions bring both tears and cheers: depends on your location!

    Chitradurga: Onion prices in Bangalore city range between Rs 25 and Rs 35 a kg or  Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 per quintal, while 200 kms away in the hub of onion production, Central Karnataka prices range from Rs 1 to Rs 2 per kg or Rs 100 to Rs 150 per quintal

    Astounding but true; Farmers in central Karnataka, (Chitradurga, Davangere, Haveri, Gadag)  are dumping their onion produce in the market as rates have collapsed to around Rs 100-150 per quintal (100 kg).

    But in Bangalore city, which is a mere 200 km away from Chitradurga, the prices of onion continues to reign at Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500 per quintal.

    Bangalore consumes around 300 tonnes of onions a day. The city has been receiving nearly two lakh bags of onions per day (one bag = 50 kg) from north Karnataka. This will amount to nearly 10,000 tonnes. Most of it goes to other states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and as far away as West Bengal. Some of it even enters Bangladesh too. The best quality onions are picked up by exporters.

    As usual, the state government has constituted a committee to find out why prices have fallen in north Karnataka. Bangaloreans, however, have tears in their eyes as they envy their neighbors.

    Agro-economist T N Prakash Kammaradi, chairman of the Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission, said the reason is because onion market in the state is a "classic example of an imperfect market".

    Kammaradi said it will take time for the onion market in Karnataka to become 'perfect' like that of copra. He said, "If the price is Rs 1 in Chitradurga, we expect it be Rs 4-5 in Bangalore. But that is not happening. The first problem is lack of information on pricing. The buyers' market is not competitive enough. This brings the second problem of the market being monopolised by a few. The third problem is usually transport bottlenecks. But in this case, transportation from Chitradurga to Bangalore is not difficult. Unless there are hundreds of competitive buyers we cannot hope for the prices in Bangalore to reflect the prices in Chitradurga." ...

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  • Health Minister promises to recruit more medical staff

    Hassan / Chikmagalur: Health Minister U T Khader on Thursday October 30; inspected various governmental hospitals in the district and discussed about the medical issues pertaining in the hospitals.

    "Keeping in mind the rise in the number of patients in rural hospitals, necessary medicines required for the hospitals will be supplied hereafter and upliftment will be done", he said. He informed that  funds for  development will be initiated under the National Rural Health Mission Scheme from the government, which he said,  has been increased, from Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh  .

    The issue of staff shortage at all the government hospitals across the State will be sorted out soon, he assured.  The Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader added that the state government will start recruiting doctors and para medical staff to the government hospitals within six months.

    Stating that over 70% of the population in the State depend on government hospitals, Khader said, that the doctors and para medical staff were not recruited for the last 10 years. As a result, the number of vacancies lying vacant have increased. "There is shortage of 1,700 specialists’ doctors and 321 doctors in the state. The entire health care system in the state is dependent on 50 % of staff.” he said

    "I have appealed to Chief Minister to recruit doctors and set up generic drug centres. The CM has responded positively to my request. A proposal has been submitted to the government to increase the salary of the doctors working in government hospitals to 70,000 from 55,000", he said.

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  • BJP demands probe into encroachments of waqf properties

    Udupi, Oct 31, 2014:   Speaking to media,  Karnataka State Minority Development Corporation (KMDC) former chairman Aboobakar N B has demanded a probe into the alleged irregularities and encroachment of waqf properties in the State. He said that as per the report of the joint parliamentary committee there are about 30,000 waqf institutions in the State, which own 19,846 acres of land. There are 189 cases of encroachments on this land.

    He said the four acre of land belonging Hazrath Yakeen Shah Wali Dargah is encroached and 2.3 acre of land belonging to Bada Makan is encroached.  He accused tht the government of failing to safeguard the Waqf property. Aboobakkar said 1.2 lakh acre of land was under the Waqf Board in the State, but only 19,846 acres was found registered as per the Waqf Act, 1995. This raises a question on what had happened to the remaining land. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should sack Minister for Municipal Administration, Haj and Waqf Qamarul Islam.

    The BJP will send a memorandum on the issue to both the Union and State governments.  He said that previous BJP government had spent Rs 120 crore for the protection and development of the Wakf properties in five years. Besides, a survey was conducted in 33 Wakf properties and was computerised.   In Belgaum, around 200 acre of encroached Wakf property was reclaimed.  this is a serious issue that needs fervent action.


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  • Dy Commissioner Shikha inspects development works

    Mysore: The Dy Commissioner C Shikha took-up a spot inspection of the on-going works in the city on Thursday October 30, a day after she warned the officials and contractors that stern action will be initiated against them on failing to complete the developmental works.

    During her two-hour inspection, which began at 7.15 am, Shikha inspected the remodeling of storm water drains in Bannimantap. She also inspected missing links of the drain and reconstruction of bridge at Yadavagiri Industrial area, near St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bannimantap, HUDCO Main Road, junction near Tipu Masjid, near Bhuvaneshwari Kalyana Mantap in Bannimantap and also inspected the heritage works around the Palace and Raja Marga.

    MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, MUDA Superintending Engineer Shivakumar, Executive Engineer Veerabadraiah, MCC Executive Engineer Krishna and other officials of MUDA and MCC accompanied the DC during the inspection.

    These development works are being iniatiated under the JnNURM scheme and Chief Minister’s special grant of Rs. 100 crore to be complete before March 30, 2015.

    It may be recalled that Shikha, expressing concern at the tardy pace at which the works were being taken up, at a meeting of officials of MUDA, MCC and the Slum Clearance Board at her Office yesterday, had said that works on overall waste management, construction of storm water drains in Bannimantap and Hebbal, works on restoration of heritage structures should be expedited by using the funds released for the purpose.

    To which MCC Commissioner had given details of various purchases made for execution of works taken up under CM’s special grant and also JNNURM and stated that 88 per cent of works had been completed.

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  • Bangalore: Poovamma, Mamatha Poojari among 59 Rajyotsava awardees

    Bangalore: Scientist Dr Kasthuri Rangan, Athlete M R Poovamma, Kabbadi palyer Mamatha Poojary, Yakshagana artist Vandse Narayana Ganiga Udupi, Journalist Dr Sandhya Sathish Pai are among the 59 persons selected for the 2014 Kannada Rajyotsava awards.

    The announcement was made by the State government on Thursday October 30. The government has decided to give away the awards to 59 persons with outstanding achievements on account of the 59th Kannada Rajyotsava.
    The award carries a cash purse of Rs one lakh, a 20 gram gold medal and a citation. The Chief Minister will present the awards at a function scheduled to take place on November 1 at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore.

    List of personalities who have been selected for the award under various categories:

    Yakshagana-Bayalata: Vandse Narayana Ganiga (Udupi), Samapje Sheenappa Rai, (DK), Bhimavaa Doddabalappa Shillekyatha (Koppala), Basappa Dudlappa Salala (Gadaga).

    Literature: Modnakodu B Chinnaswami (Chamarajanagar), Dr H Girijamma (Davangere), Shoodra Shrinivas (Bangalore Rural), G H Hanndradumata (Dharawad), Vishnu G Bhandari (Uttarkanndad).

    Rangabhoomi: Kanti Hanumatharayaru (Bagalkote), Abdulsab Annegeri (Haveri), Tho Nanjundaswami (Mysooru), G Lokesh (Bangalore), Shivakumari (Ballari).

    Music/Dance: V Mani (Bangalore), D Kumardas (Bellari), S Shanker (Bangalore), Indu Vishwanath (Bangalore), Pankaja Ramakrishna (Mysooru).

    Folk Arts: S Yogalingam (Bangalore), Maruthi Hanamanthra Bhajanthri (Bagalkote), Poojari Nagaraj (Yadagiri), Chikkamariappa (Mysooru).

    Media: Khadri S Achuthan (Mandya), Abdul Haphis (Bangalore), Laxman Kodase (Shimoga), M B Desai (Belagavi), Dr Sandhya Sathish Pai (Udupi).

    Organisation: Kannada Sahithya Parishath (Bangalore), Shanthi Kutira (Bijapura), Horanada Kannadiga: Jaya Suvarna Mumbai.

    Science / technology: Dr Kasthuri Rangan (Bangalore), Dr B N Suresh (Chikmagalur).

    Medical: Dr Sathishchandra (Chitradurga).

    Sports: Povamma M R (Athletic – Kodagu), Mamatha Poojary (Kabaddi – DK), Vilas Neelagunda (Gadaga).

    Social Service: Dr Gururaj Hebbar (Hasan), Fr Dr Jacob (Dharwad), N Venkatesh (Chikkaballapura), Hanumanthabomma Gowda (Uttarkannada), Dr Leela Sampige (Thumkur).

    Judicial Service: Justice M N Venkatachalaih (Bangalore), Ankegowda Manday, Dadapeer Panjarla (Raichur), Kanchayani Sharanappa (Bijapur).

    Cinema: S Janaki (Singer), Vaijyanath Beerada Patil (Joker), R T Rama (Jocker actress), M S Rajeshekar (Director).

    Shilpakale/Lalitha Kale: Chandrashekar Y (Gulbarga), Y Yenkappa (Davangere), Laxmiramappa (Shivamogga), Kaseem Kansavi (Bagalokote).

    Agriculture / Environment: Chowdappa D A (Chikkballapura), Shivananda Kalave (Uttarkannada), Kirangere Jagadish (Ramanagara), Asha Sheshadri (Shivamogga).


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  • Shweta Basu Prasad, Arrested For Prostitution, Allowed to Live With Mother

    (PTI): In a relief for a national award-winning Telugu actor Shweta Basu Prasad, who was sent to a rescue home after a prostitution racket allegedly involving her was busted, the sessions court has allowed her to live with her mother.

    The court allowed the revision plea filed by the her mother challenging a lower court's order that had on September 30 directed that she should continue to stay at the rescue home for six months for 'rehabilitation'.

    The sessions court called for a fresh report from the rescue home which stated that it had no objection to her release, defence lawyer Pradeep Kumar said. Following which, the court agreed to hand over her custody to her mother.

    Shweta's mother had, in her application, contended that her daughter had been framed and keeping her at the rescue home was a violation of her fundamental rights.

    The police had raided a five-star hotel here in the first week of September and claimed to have busted a prostitution racket.

    According to the police, the actor told the investigators that she turned to flesh trade as no new films were coming her way and she was broke. An assistant director in Telugu film industry, who allegedly acted as her agent, was arrested.


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  • DC A.B Ibrahim orders to inspect 6 sensitive villages in western range.

    Mangalore, October 31: The deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district AB Ibrahim has ordered to conduct the first phase inspection of the six sensitive villages in Western Ghats of Dakshina Kannada district and submit a report.

    The DC chaired a district level meeting, at the auditorium of his office on Thursday, October 30th. He instructed to carry out the survey within next one week at Bilinele, Charmadi, Rekhya,Balpa, Sampaje, Golitottu villages and submit a report.

    Kasturi Rangan led a high-level working group has recognised a total of 46 villages in Dakshina Kannada district, as environmentally sensitive area, and has submitted a report, said the Conservator Of Forests Dr Hanumanthappa KT.

    He said, as per the instructions of the National Committee if there are more than 20 per cent of natural forests in the environmentally sensitive area, such areas will be marked suitable for environmentally sensitive area.

    In the environmentally sensitive area, quarrying, sand mining and thermal power projects will be strictly banned. Hydroelectric power, wind power, production will be permitted based on discretion.

    Special grants can be provided by the central government and planning commission to the development of the environmentally sensitive areas. The local administration has an opportunity to collect special tax as well, he said.

    Joint Director of Agriculture Department Kempe Gowda, Horticulture Department Deputy Director Yogesh HR, DK Zilla Panchayat Project Director Manjunath were present.


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  • Bharath Bank’s 58th Branch inaugurated at Kankanady

    Mangalore, Oct 31, 2014:  The 58th Branch of Bharat Co-operative Bank  Ltd  was inaugurated  at the Exotic Complex at Kankanady  on October 31, Friday by  Shankeracharya Brahmananda Saraswathi Swamiji of the Kolar branch of Jagadguru Shringeri Mutt.
































    Jaya C Suvarna, Chairman of the Bank and also that of Rashtriya Billawara Mahamandala and Billawara Association, Mumbai lighted the traditional lamp. Justice Rohini J Salian, Deputy Vice Chairman of the Bank  inaugurated the  locker and other amenities  of the Bank.

    In his blessings, Shankeracharya Brahmananda Saraswathi Swamiji wished all success for the new Branch and  hoped that the Bank would spread its network throughout Maharashtra and Karnataka in the days to come.

    The seer also felicitated the Bank Chairman Jaya Suvarna on his being selected for the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for the year 2014.

    In his address, Jaya Suvarna said  the  Bank has been able to win the confidence of the customers through its dedicated and sincere service and efficient staff. He also recalled the patronage extended to the Bank by senior Billawa leader and former union minister B Janardhana Poojary. He further stated that the Bank has targeted to reach the 100 branch mark  by 2018.

    Satish Kumpala, Harikrishna Bantwal, Menala Ashwani Kumar Rai, businessmen M Seetaram, Rohan Monteiro, Kudroli Temple Management Board President HS Sairam, Soorya Prakash, Jayavikram Sorake, PD Shenoy,  Bank Directors Bhasker M Salian, Gangadhar J Poojary, Sooryakanth J Suvarna, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer CR Mulki, former director Shanker D Poojary, former general manager Shekar Poojari, General Manager Nityanand  D Kotian  managers of various branches, Udaya S Salian, Kankanady Branch Manager and others were present.

    Assistant Manager Satish V Karkera proposed the vote of thanks.


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  • Mangalore: Whoever Criticizes Freedom fighters are Real Traitors - Minister Rai

    Mangalore: Congress leaders observed the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi at the district Congress office, here on October 31.
    District Minister In-charge Ramanath Rai along with other Congress leaders showered flower petals on the portrait of Indira Gandhi.

    Congress leader T K Sudheer welcomed the gathering. Ramanath Rai addressing the gathering said, "On October 30, 1984, addressing the gathering in Orissa, before her assassination said, "I know my life is at risk, if my blood will change the mentality of the people, and the blood will bring changes in the country, I am ready to sacrifice my life for the country". On October 31, 1984, she was assassinated by her own bodyguards". Rai further said that in our country many have sacrificed their lives to free the country from the British and brought independence.
    Rai further said that during her term as Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi brought about a radical change in the country’s economic, political, international and national policies. She oversaw the implementation of over three Five-year plans - two of which were successful in meeting the targeted growth. Indira Gandhi is the first woman Prime Minister of India, who ruled the country for a long term.
    While concluding Rai said that anyone who criticizes the freedom fighters or those who have sacrificed their life to the country, they are the traitors. We should respect the people who have sacrificed their life for the country, no one has the right to criticize them. 
    MLC Ivan D'Souza, Kodijal Ibrahim, KPCC President P V Mohan, former MCC Mayor Sashidhar Hedge and others were also present.


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  • Believer’s group assaults on youth forcing for conversion.

    Mangalore, October 31:  A youth Rupert (23) was assaulted by a Believer’s group forcing for conversion near Derebail, Mangalore.

    A complaint has been registered at the Kavoor police station.


    It is said, Rupert was forced to convert since four to five years. The believers group which believes only on Jesus Christ and not on the church and fathers had successfully converted the family members of Rupert. It is alleged that, since Rupert had denied conversion he was assaulted.

    It is gathered that, Rupert’s family members have driven him out of his house and he stays at a shed close to his house since four to five years. It is also said, he was tormented by his family by raising the issue over denying him water supply and other issues. Nearly six members of the Believers group who had arrived on Wednesday night, October 29th, assaulted Rupert.


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  • Karkala : Three-day intercollegiate technical fest at Nitte from Nov

    Karkala, Oct 30: Nitte Engineering College will host a three-day intercollegiate technical fest - Technidarshan -12 from November 1.


    Renowned scientist and columnist Sudhindra Haldodderi, head of department of aerospace engineering, Alliance University, Bangalore will inaugurate the fest along with Kannada Rajyothsava celebration on November 1 at Nitte campus.


     N Vinaya Hegde, President, Nitte Education Trust and Chancellor, Nitte University will preside.


    A book consisting of 100 Sanskrit subhashitha translated into Kannada, Hindi and English dedicated to late justice K S Hegde couple will also be released.

    TechNidarshan promises to strike again with bigger dreams and wider horizons leaving no stone unturned to magnify the brand event of the college.

    College Fest Caption: The Chequered Flag Edition

    Important dates:

    Event dates: 1st-3rd November 2014
    Last Dates for Registration: 31st October 2014

    TechNidarshan 2014 Registration Fees :
    Register for the fest for Rs. 100 only. Participate in any number of events for free.

    Event Website:

    NMAM Institute of Technology NITTE

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  • Moodbidri : Deaf and dumb building worker gets locked inside bank safe locker

    Moodbidri, Oct 30: In a bizarre incident, a deaf and dumb building worker got locked in a strong room in an under construction Co-operative Society building in Shirthady on Wednesday, October 29.



    The bank is scheduled to be inaugurated shortly at Shirthady.


    Ashfaq (23), a worker at the site had reportedly entered the strong room in the morning, for cleaning the room.


    Some person, who did not notice that Ashfaq was inside, removed the brick and closed the safe.


    Unaware of the situation, rest of the workers went on a tea break. Ashfaq who realised that he had been locked in the room could not raise alarm, but started banging door for help.


    When the workers came back, they heard banging from inside the safe and realized that Ashfaq was trapped. As the door was locked, it was not possible to open it.


    Local doctor Anil Kumar, who rushed to the spot provided oxygen by plugging a pipe into the keyhole.


    After getting the key from Mangalore office, they opened the door and brought the worker out from the safe.


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  • Miscreants damage direction boards in Gurupur Kaikamba

    Bajpe: Miscreants damaged several direction boards placed near Vivekananda circle near Polali tower in Gurupur Kaikamba.

    Few months ago the circle near Polali tower in Gurupur Kaikamba was renamed as `Vivekananda circle’. The road from the circle till B.C Road was named as Vivekananda road. Many direction boards with Vivekananda road written on them were placed throughout the road.

    Two days ago some miscreants had uprooted some of these boards. Although later the boards were reinstalled in the same place again the boards were damaged by some persons. A case has been filed at Bajpe police station. The boards were again installed in their previous spots. 



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  • Mercy of No 108 Ambulance and local’s– leaves critically injured youth on road for long.

    Mangalore, October 30: Mithun (16), was knocked down by a Honda Activa when he was trying to cross the highway near Bykampady here on Wednesday October 29th.No sooner he fell down, tyres of a tipper truck went over his leg, crushing it on Wednesday October 29th.

    The victim Mithun is a resident of Padubidri and works for a canteen in Bykampady.

    Even the locals failed to help him. The auto rickshaw drivers on the spot called government’s 108 ambulance service. Even after an hour, the ambulance vehicle failed to arrive on the venue. Although the youth was bleeding and pleading for help, no merciful heart stretched help to him.

    Nearly an hour had elapsed when a person moving towards the city took the youth to a hospital in his car.

    The locals expressed their fury over the ambulance which failed to appear on the venue even after an hour. Harish a local called MLA, Mohiuddin Bava, and complained to him about the apathy of the ambulance service. The MLA immediately instructed the traffic police to look into the matter. He also asked them to arrange for an ambulance to get parked in Bykampady since it is an industrial area and an accident prone zone as well.


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  • Mumbai: Karnire Vishwanath Shetty Elected President of Bunts Sangha

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

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

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

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

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


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  • Woman techie goes missing

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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  • Kuwait: Last Chance to Retain 'Air India Express Flights Kuwait–Mangalore Sector'- MLA J R Lobo

    Kuwait: Presidents and office bearers of various Karnataka State Associations in Kuwait and large number of Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait interacted with visiting Karnataka Legislative Assembly Member J R Lobo and shared their prime concerns including patronizing Air India Express flight services to Kuwait-Mangalore sector in a public meeting held in Kuwait.
    The meeting was arranged by United Associations of Karnataka (UAKK) convened by well known Social activistFayaz Sheikh. The meeting was held on Thursday  October 30 at SIMS Auditorium, Salmiya. J R Lobo was the chief guest.

    MLA J R Lobo and his wife Philomena were honoured with flower bouquet. Ramesh Kidiyoor in his welcome address briefed about UAKK activities. Hasan Yusuf, Chief Coordinator of United associations of Karnataka (UAKK)  gave  details of the UAKK efforts and followups with various  concerned authorities regarding Kuwait-Mangalore sector flights. He thanked AI Express for the restoration of Flight services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector.  He also thanked UAKK leaders, Aviation Ministry of India, Health Minister U T Kader, Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Minister Roshan Baig, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLC Ivan D’Souza,MLA J R Lobo and leaders of KORWA Mangalore.

    Pascal Pinto and Satishchandra Shetty – prominent NRIs and well known social workers  addressed the gathering and thanked AI-Express for the restoration of flight service to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. They requested all CoastalKarnataka NRIs in Kuwait to make use of Air India Express Flights in Kuwait-Mangalore sector.

    Chief Guest J R Lobo,  in his address gave a call to all Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait to patronize AI-Express Flight Services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector and help smooth running of the flights. He cautioned saying that this may be a last chance to retain Air India Express flight services to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. He shared his experiences about his recent meetings with State Aviation Minister G M Siddeshwar and Air India Express MD & CEO Rohit Nandan who approved the restoration of AIE express services to this sector.

    In an open question and answer session several prominent audience from Coastal Karnataka and Northern parts of Kerala suggested several points to increase the passenger load to Kuwait – Mangalore sector, and also conveyed their concerns while choosing AIE flights for their travel to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. In reply, J R Lobo assured to the audience and leaders of UAKK member associations that he would be their voice and convey their concerns of  passengers to Aviation Ministry and Air India Express Management regarding flight timings, hike in fare, luggage, hygiene in the aircraft, improvement in catering facilities and the hospitality of AIE staff etc.

    Lobo also assured that he will suggest Karnataka State Government to grant permission to NRI students to appear for CET examination once they complete 12th standard in Kuwait or in other GCCcountries so that the fees structures for NRI students will match with local students.

    Fayaz Sheikh coordinated and convened the public meeting and Stephen Machado delivered the vote of thanks.

    Report by UAKK


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  • UAE: Mystery shrouds dead Sharjah school-girl: Body on high-rise

    UAE (Emirates247): The dead body of a Grade 8 girl student of Indian High School, Sharjah, was found near Mega Mall in Al Qassimia area on Sunday evening.

    The Indian teenager attended school on Sunday and, according to the school principal, she returned to her home in Ajman by school bus.

    “We are sad that the girl student, who has been with the school since KG II, was found dead. The parents called up the school on Sunday at 4pm, complaining that their daughter had not reached home. We tried to locate the girl and checked the camera on the school bus and tried to gather information from other students,” said the principal. He added that it is confirmed that the girl had reached Ajman.

    “When we could not find her, I asked the parents to lodge a police complaint on Sunday night. We learnt on Monday morning that the girl had died. We can’t give more details as a police investigation is under way,” he added.

    The girl’s body was found lying between air conditioners near the balcony of an apartment on the first floor of a high-rise building. Residents of an adjacent building had spotted the girl’s dead body.

    The mystery surrounding the teenager’s disappearance from Ajman to Sharjah is under investigation.

    According to school sources, she reached Ajman before 2 pm on Sunday and went to Mega Mall in Sharjah by taxi.

    According to this source, the girl did not have money to pay the taxi fare and pledged her gold ear ring as taxi fare to the driver.  The girl reportedly told the taxi driver to call her mother in the evening and return the ear ring to collect the taxi fare.

    According to school sources, the girl was seen getting off the school bus in Ajman and was seen in CCTV footages of a shopping mall in Sharjah.

    Sharjah Police is investigating the case and the body has been shifted to the morgue.


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  • Kuwait : A colorful evening successfully organisedat the Tulu Parba 2014

    Kuwait : Tulu Koota Kuwait celebrated the Tulu Parba 2014 on Friday, 17th October 2014, at American International School, MaidanHawally, Kuwait from 3:30 pm onwards.

















    The event commenced with lighting of the lamp by the eminent guests for the occasion, H.E.ShriSunil Jain,Ambassador of India to Kuwait,Mr. Sudhir Shetty UAE Exchange COO – Global Operations Abu Dhabi, alongwith Managing Committee. It was followed by the Souvenir Release, which was brought out to commemorate the event.


    The President, Mr.Tharendra Shettigar welcomed everyone and briefly mentioned the endeavors of Tulu Koota Kuwait to uphold our heritage, culture and traditional values along with the welfare activities. The Ambassador in his speech expressed his happiness to attend such cultural events and mentioned that it is a medium with whichthe people of Kuwait would know India better. Mr. Sudhir Shetty, in his charismatic speech stressed the importance of our culture and language to become better citizens and said that our children can learn the language only at home. Mr. Sudhir Shetty was felicitated with the traditional shawl, fruits, and memento.


    The cultural program commenced with  welcome dance from the children of the Natya Veda Dance School. The stage of Tulu Parba became colorful with the arrival of Mr. Vilas Nayak on the stage. The ace speed painter, the finalist of “India’s Got Talent” on Colors TV brought the stage alive with his paintings of Yakshagana charactercolorful costume which ispopular in Tulunadu,“Mother Teresa” with glitters alone and the Girl’s face upside down. He also painted a patriotic portrait depicting national integrity with four different canvas frames in tandem with  dance drama “SauraginiRashtra” enacted by the Koota children and directed by Cultural Secretary, Mr. Suresh Salian. Semi classical Dance by Anjali school of dance was a visual treat. Another dance drama, “Dashavatar” also directed by Mr. Suresh Salian and with dance choreographed by Mrs.Shantala Sathish mesmerized the audience with  scenes of different incarnations of Vishnu shown on the stage .


    In the felicitation ceremony, the founder member of the association, late Mr. John Misquith was posthumously awarded with memento in memory of his outstanding services. Mr. Elias Sanctis, the ex-president of Tulu Koota Kuwait was also honored by the Ambassador withshawl,fruits and memento for his continuous support to the association. The committee members who were honored for their outstanding support and hard work were Mr. Wilson D’Souza, Mrs. GeethaSuvarna and Mr. Sanath Shetty. The Merit cum means Scholarships and Merit certificatesfor academic excellence in X and XII standardswere presented to the deserving children of Koota members. Mementos were presented to all the sponsors in appreciation of their support to TKK activities.


    This was followed by the much awaited Tulu Comedy drama “Bangar Babu” written and screenplay given by Arun Chandra BC Road, who was here in Kuwait for the show. He had been awarded as the Best Comedian in “Bale Thelpale” comedy show and was here to participate in the drama. The drama was directed by SatishAcharya. Also present in Kuwait were the prominent Tulu-Konkani drama artist NelluPermanoor and the Music director of the drama, VishwanathNelyadi. The local artists SathishAcharya, ChandrahasShetty, Sanath Shetty, Manoj Bangera, PurandaraManchi, Lional Rayan, Lucy Aranha, Mahesh Poojary, Sanmati Menda, MithunVishwanath, JyothiSudhir, Ashwini Pinto and Rajesh Fernandes rocked the show all through the 3 hours and succeeded inenthralled the audience with brilliant performances.
    General Secretary proposed the vote of thanks with special mention of the sponsors.

    The Event Sponsor was UAE Exchange, while the Mega Sponsor was Khain Properties. The Main Sponsors were Presidency Homes And Infrastructures, NAPESCO and Northern Sky Properties.  The Gold Sponsors were Al-Ahleia Insurance Company S.A.K and BurhanTecnologies, while the Silver Sponsor were Al Mulla Group, Al Rasheed International Shipping Company, Raja Company W.L.L., Ashraf & Co. Ltd., Avanti Palace Restaurant, Alghanim Fencing Industries Co., Oriental Restaurant & Confectionery, Paragon Builders, Sagar Transport, Al Arfaj Engineering Co.Wll., KEMS, White Stors, Al Barakah National Co. and Advanced Technology Company.


    The program was elegantly hosted by PuranderManchi, BhavaniMadhav, Reshma Menezes and SachinandaSuvarna. The lighting was done by Anand D’Souza   and the show was concluded by singing the National Anthem.


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

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