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10 Indians among 19 killed in plane crash in Nepal - 9/25/2011

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Kathmandu, 25 September 2011: Ten Indians were among 19 people killed today when a small plane carrying them crashed and broke into pieces at Kotdanda hills near the Nepalese capital while returning from a sight-seeing trip around Mount Everest.

 

The Beechcraft plane (BHA 103), which crashed at 7.30 am local time, belonged to the private Buddha Air airline, according to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

 

All 19 people aboard the plane, including 10 Indians, two Americans and a Japanese national, were killed in the crash, officials said.

 

Among those killed was a Nepalese passenger, who initially survived the crash but succumbed to his wounds in hospital after being rescued from the accident site at Kotdanda near Bishankhunarayan Temple in Lalitpur district, located 20 km east of the capital.

 

Apart from 13 foreigners, the plane was carrying three Nepalese passengers and a three-member crew, according to the Rescue Coordination Centre, Tribhuvan International Airport, under the CAAN.

 

The aircraft, which had taken tourists to view Mount Everest and other high peaks, crashed and broke into pieces at Kotdanda hills minutes after losing contact with the control tower. The rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather in the region.

 

The Indian nationals killed in the crash were identified as Pankaj Mehta and his wife Chhaya, and eight men from Tamil Nadu -- M V Marathachalam, M Manimaran, V M Kanakasabesan, A K Krishnan, R M Minaxi Sunsaram, K Thiyagarajan, T Dhanasekaran and Kattoos Mahalingam.

 

57-year-old Mehta was working as chief of the health section of UNICEF, Kathmandu.

 

According to Mehta’s colleagues here, the couple had been here for the past three years and had possibly come from Gujarat.

 

The eight tourists from Tamil Nadu were staying at Hotel Grand at Tahachal, according to the hotel’s Sales Manager Phurba Sherpa.

 

The two Americans killed were identified as Andrew Wade and Natalie Neilan, while the Japanese national was identified as Ujima Toshinori.

 

The three crew members killed in the crash were Captain J D Tamrakar, Captain P Adhikari and air hostess A Shrestha.

 

A Simrik Airlines helicopter landed at the accident site at Kotdanda and transported the dead to Kathmandu, according to Chief District Officer Ratna Raj Pandey.

 

Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar visited the Tribhuvan International Airport here to take stock of the situation, especially handling of the bodies.

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has formed a three-member team, headed by former CAAN Director General Jajeshraj Dali, to investigate the crash. In a statement, the Indian embassy here expressed profound grief over the death of the Indian nationals in the crash.

 

Bodies of all ten Indians were taken to TU Teaching Hospital after being flown to Kathmandu.  Quoting witnesses, local TV channels said flames could be seen coming from the plane just before it crashed.

 

Buddha Air offers an ’Everest Experience’ package under which it takes tourists around 8848-metre high Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, for sightseeing.

 

In December last year, a Twin Otter plane carrying 22 people, mostly Bhutanese nationals and an American, crashed after taking off from a small airstrip 140 km east of Kathmandu.

 

Earlier in November, a helicopter, which was on a mission to rescue two stranded climbers, crashed near Mount Everest, killing two people.

 

Three months before this accident, a plane going to the Everest region crashed in bad weather, killing all 14 people on board, including four Americans, a Japanese and a British national. 


Kuwait: Belman Parishioners (BELWAK) celebrates Monti Fest - 9/25/2011

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Kuwait, 25 September 2011: The feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated as Monthi Festh (Feast) and a feast of family by Mangalorean Catholics around the world with religious fervour and gaiety.

 

The members of Belman Welfare Association Kuwait (BELWAK) along with family, friends and the parishioners of St. Josephs Church, Belman met at the premises of Royal Plaza Catering Services to celebrate Monthi Festh, the birthday of Mother Mary.
The celebration of the day commenced with an introductory speech by Clifford DSouza who highlighted the importance of this harvest festival in accordance with the feast of Nativity of Mother Mary. This was followed with a thanksgiving prayer and a recitation of Rosary led by Juliet DSouza and a hymn Sakkad Sangatha Melyan ani Morriyek Hogalsiyan was sung in unison by one and all. Floral offering and Blessed Novem in Milk was served to the gathering.

 

BELWAK President Jerome DSouza welcomed the gathering and Miss Joyce DSouza gave the festive message. In her message she said the Nativity of our mother is dedicated to unite the family. She implored mother Mary to unite all the members of the family during their difficult times in-order to overcome their problems and tide over the situations.

 

 

In the midst of the celebration, Rita Rodrigues conducted various spot prizes and entertained the gathering. Towards the close, Housie Housie was conducted by Clifford DSouza.

 

Vice-President Anil Nazareth gave the vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to the committee members and all those who contributed towards the staging of this celebration.

 

Consultant Francis Menezes gave a traditional call to one and all for Lunch by offering Water Jevnak Udak. The pinnacle of this celebration was the appetizing Vegetarian Meal of Mangalorean Cuisine with Pothrade and Sweet Vorn, served on banana leaves and arranged by Harold D’Souza of Royal Plaza Catering Services. The dining of the harvest meal in unison as one family was indeed the essence of this celebration.

 

The entire proceedings of the feast day celebration was compered impressively by Clifford DSouza.

 


Manmohan at UN: India can help the world economy - 9/25/2011

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Manmohan Singh addresses UN General Assembly

NEW YORK: As the global financial crisis deepened, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said a fast growing India can help the world economy, around which no protectionist barriers should be erected.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Singh said India wants to quicken the pace of its transformation in partnership with the international community.

"A fast growing India can expand the boundaries for the global economy," he said, adding developing countries need investment, technology and market access for their products.

Despite global headwinds, Indian economy has been expanding close to 8 per cent, the second fastest growth in the world after China.

In the backdrop of protectionist measures in several developed countries, Singh called upon the international community not to let economic slowdown trigger barriers to movement of people, services and capital.

"We should not allow the global economic slowdown to become a trigger for building walls around ourselves through protectionism or erecting barriers ...," he said.

Singh said the world economy is in trouble. "The shoots of recovery which were visible after the economic and financial crisis of 2008 have yet to blossom. In many respects the crisis has deepened even further," he said.

The PM also highlighted the need for reform of governance systems of international financial institutions, stating "deficit in global governance" was one of the several things which can be done collectively.



Karanth's views on Yakshagana discussed at symposium - 9/25/2011

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Mangalore: The Dr. K. Shivaram Karanth Peetha of Mangalore University in association with University College organized a symposium titled Karanth and Yakshagana at Ravindra Kalabhavan, University College on September 24 Saturday.

 

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Hosthota Manjunath Bhagawath inaugurated the event and said that Dr. Karanth’s thoughts on Yakshagana Bayalata can never be forgotten and will always be debated. Karanth did not restrict the art of Yakshagana to the coastal region, but even connected it with the Russian ballet, he said.

Speaking about Karanths views on Yakshagana, he said that his revolutionary ideas were not always accepted by the public, but he had the power to convince anybody.

Dr. Lakshminaraya Bhat H. R., the principal of University College, presided over the event. Dr. Sabiha, the director of Dr. K. Shivaram Karanth Peetha, delivered the introductory address on the occasion.

Dr. Raghava Nambiar, Prithviraj Kavattharu, and Murali Kadekar were also present on the occasion.



One Month free training to 500 unemployed youths in garment products - 9/24/2011

Manglore: Applications have been invited from young people for a month’s training in skills on a sewing machine, to manufacture ready made dresses, without charging any fees. This is done under a state policy in its golden scheme for 2011-12, covering various fields relating to Textiles industry, to assist 500 unemployed young men and women in the coastal districts.

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Such a vocational training is provided to the seekers at Attavara (Mangalore), Bantwal, Gurupur, Puttur, Subrahmanya and Bellare, Lyala(Belthangady), Kundapura Rudset Centre in Brahmavara, and Shirva in Adi Udupi at Various 10 training centres.

The candidates should be aged 18 to 35 years. They should have passed at least 5th standard. They should be from coastal (twin) districts. They should obtain the format of applications at concerned training centres or district and taluk panchayath offices, or handloom training offices, and duly fill up these forms, before sending them to Assistant Director, DK Handloom and Textile department, Yeyyadi, Mangalore as soon as possible.

Contact: 0824-2225056 for more information.



Pamboor: Village Health and Sanitation Training Camp held - 9/25/2011

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Pamboor: Village health and sanitation training camp was held at the Samudaya Bhavana, Pamboor on Thursday 22nd September 2011 under Grama Arogya Nairmalya Samithi and Arogya Raksha Samithi members Samarthabhivrudi Yojane. The training camp which began in the morning at 10.30 am, was jointly organized by Karnataka Arogya Vyavaste Abhivrudi & Sudharana Yojane (KHSD & RP), Arogya & Kutumba Kalyana Department Udupi and Adavisiddeshwara Gramina Abivrudi Samste, Udupi.

 

The training camp was inaugurated by Ida Gibba D’Souza - Jilla Panchayath Member, who also presided over the inaugural program. Other guests and dignitaries present on the dias were; Harish Shetty - President of Grama Arogya Nairmalya Samithi, Sujatha Suvarna – Vice President of Belle  Grama Panchayath, Swami K.Y.S. – District Coordinator of Adavi Siddeshawra Samste Udupi, Shiva Prasad K. – Shirva Samudaya Arogya Kendra Kiriya Purusha Heaalth Assistant, Parvathi - Shirva Samudaya Arogya Kendra Kiriya Mahila Health Assistant.

 

 

Addressing the gathering Harish Shetty said that, the health itself is our fortune, if we live clean we can live healthy. Government is organizing these health camps, so that the people can get the information on the healthy living. This camp enables us to provide whatever help we can and the participants of the camp should make use of this opportunity, he said.

 

Ida Gibba D’Souza in her presidential address upon inauguration said that, we can maintain a healthy environment by keeping our surroundings clean, thus can improve our health condition. The government is organizing various programs, so everyone should make use of these facilities, she said.

 

The program was compeered by Saraswathi V. Bhandari (HSC). Vimala welcomed the guests and the gathering and also proposed vote of thanks.



Tiger Pataudi's last message: Need a strong bench - 9/23/2011

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MUMBAI: It was a long walk from the members' gallery at the Brit Oval to the stage - set in the middle of the ground for the presentation ceremony - after India lost all four Tests against England last month.

Tiger Pataudi had gone to give away the winner's trophy named after his father Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi. It was meant to be a proud moment but it indeed was a long walk for Tiger after the humiliation India had suffered.

Grief was evident on his sombre face. He kept to himself, gentle and poised as ever, and spoke only when requested. But when he did, Tiger Pataudi did not hold his views back on what India had been lacking on that tour and the reasons for the sudden downfall.

"We don't have a bench. And until we have a strong bench, no matter how much talent we can boast of, we'll never be able to stay at the top," he said.

In hindsight, it was his last message to Indian cricket, and also the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Tiger had minced no words. "We have to allow our domestic circuit to get more competitive and only then can we think of a healthy bench. The secret to success at the highest level is setting high standards in domestic cricket," he said then.

At 70, Tiger had seen both sides of the coin and valuated it well. Invited by BCCI to join the Indian Premier League governing council, he had seen the most glamorous version of the game and had even participated in its administration. And while that lasted as long as it did, he also continued to contribute heavily towards Indian cricket in general, pouring in his thoughts whenever he could.

"There's no harm in youngsters getting lured to the big money that cricket has to offer. Cricket is a hugely popular sport in India and cricketers are revered. So, it's only logical that they make the best of opportunities they get," he had said. He added in the same vein: "However, they should not forget why they're there. It is because of cricket alone and that they should respect."

Competition, Tiger felt, has to be the biggest inspiration for any sportsman. "If competing alone brings the best out of you, then you need little else. And that's why I am saying that the sooner our cricketers begin to experience healthy competition, the better it is for the future of those cricketers and also Indian cricket."

It is unfortunate that Tiger - who had always been an enigma for an entire generation of cricket enthusiasts who never saw him in his prime - had to leave this world when Indian cricket is at an all-time low.

Indian cricket can draw inspiration from that fact alone. Start building up once again and give the Tiger his due.

Four more Coastal Security Police stations to come up - 9/23/2011

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Mangalore : Four new Coastal Security Police (CSP) stations will come up in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts this year, said Principal Secretary to the Department of Home S.M. Jaamdar.

S.M. Jaamdar, Principal Secretary, Department of Home, seen at a function in
Mangalore on Wednesday. Seemat Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Police and Alok Mohan, Inspector General of Police are seen. Photo: R. Eswarraj

Mr. Jaamdar told presspersons here on Wednesday that setting up new police stations was a part of initiatives of the government to strengthen coastal security and combat sea-borne terrorism.

Mr. Jaamdar said the new Coastal Security Police stations would come up in Gangolli and Tadadi. “The government has selected the sites. Money has to be released,” he said.

The 320-km long coastline between Talapady in Dakshina Kannada and Sadashivagad in Uttara Kannada now had five Coastal Security Police stations. They were located in Mangalore, Malpe, Bhatkal, Kumta, and Karwar.

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Mr. Jaamdar said the State government was involved with the Centre's project to set up a system that would facilitate identification of fishing and other boats.

Mr. Jaamdar said the system enabled identification of boats that were 100 km away. This system was being set up at a cost of Rs. 6,000 crore, he said.

Problem

Mr. Jaamdar agreed that there was a problem in getting experienced personnel for handling CSPs' surveillance boats. “We have to recruit 60 personnel. Only 37 have applied even after three attempts,” he said. The department had requested the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard to send personnel on deputation or give a list of their personnel who could be recruited.

Mr. Jaamdar said 15 surveillance boats at the command of five CSPs could not be used for operations in high seas and during four months of monsoon. These boats did have some maintenance problems. The Goa Shipping Yard, which provided the boats, had now opened three service stations to attend to the problems, he said.

The State government was going ahead with creating a strong force for the Anti-Naxalite Operations. While being based in Karkala, this force would have its units in 13 naxalite affected areas.

The force would be trained in jungle warfare, to defuse bombs, and other anti-terrorist activities.

“We are finalising the training programme. The recruitment is going on,” he said. To combat terrorism in urban areas, the Commando Training Centre in the State had so far trained three batches of 80 officers.

The process of selection for the fourth batch was now on. Mr. Jaamdar said the State government had earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore this year for setting up infrastructure related to the training centre.



Petroleum dealers meet from Nov 26 - 9/23/2011

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Udupi : Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts Petroleum Dealer Association will be organising a State-level two days Oil conference -2011 to discuss various problems bothering the petrol dealers community from November 26 and 27 at East West Club, Kundapur.

Speaking to media persons, office-bearer of the association Satish Kamath informed that Union Minister for Petroleum Jaipal Reddy will attend the conference. He said the conference will focus on the problems of petroleum dealers. Besides, measures will be taken to strengthen the association. There are about 250 to 300 dealers in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. As many as 800 to 1000 delegates are expected to take part in the conference, he added.

Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes, All India Petroleum Traders Federation President Ashok Badwar, State Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Mangalore MP Nalin Kumar Kateel will be present. One of the major issues to be debated in the conference includes the petroleum ministry marketing guidelines MDT. As per these guidelines, a dealer himself will be responsible for the adulteration in the process of petrol delivery. However, the companies are not made responsible and dealer has no hearing chance to prove his innocence. IOC, HPCL and BPCL are the three petroleum companies operating across India.

Increasing petroleum price, hike in power tariff, bank loans and the wages offered to the employees are among other issues to be discussed on the occasion, he said and demanded that there should be uniform VAT structure throughout the country to avoid rate disparities. There is difference in the price of petrol charged in Karnataka when compared to the states like Kerala and Goa, he added.


'You will lose an ally' if accusations continue, Pakistan warns US - 9/23/2011

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign minister said on Thursday that the United States risks losing an ally if it continues to publicly criticise Islamabad's performance in the war against militancy.
"You will lose an ally," Hina Rabbani Khar told Geo TV in New York. "You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan, you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people. If you are choosing to do so and if they are choosing to do so it will be at their (the United States') own cost."
Khar was responding to a Senate testimony by the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who said Pakistan's top spy agency was closely tied to the Haqqani Network, the most violent and effective faction in the Afghan Taliban insurgency.

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