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19,000 cases pending in Udupi district - 11/10/2011

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Udupi : Police play an important role in the maintenance of security and law and order system. However, they should imbibe themselves with the intricacies involved in the process of registering the cases followed by the trials in court,' opined District and Sessions Judge Narendra Kumar Gunaki.

He was speaking after inaugurating the legal awareness programme for police personnel jointly organised by District Legal Services Authority, Udupi; Bar Association, Udupi and Udupi District Police here at the office of Superintendent of Police on Wednesday.

Stating that the police should not entertain the mockery of the system by the mistakes done by them consciously or unconsciously, he said the evidences are crucial and the police investigation officer should not take any risk of committing mistakes while executing his responsibilities.

“The early trials will help to sort out the case justifying the labor put forth by the police officials,” he said and added that till the final hearing, the police official should not disassociate himself from public prosecutor.

Stating that the total pending cases since last one year in the district is about 19,000, he said that out of the same, about 10,000 are criminal cases while 9,000 are civil cases. Between the month of August and October, as many as 4,507 cases have been solved through Lok Adalats.

About Rs 6.27 crore has been given away as compensation and as many as 31 mediators have been used in the process.

Speaking on the occasion, SP Dr Y S Ravikumar said that the importance of the legal literacy camps cannot be overemphasized and the contemporary issues in investigation should be taken care of. The low conviction rates, evidences at the stage of convictions and trails are some of the factors to be concentrated upon.
 Sometimes it so happens that the officers are not collecting the evidences according to Indian Evidence Act that are legally and logically admissible, he said.

Cyber crimes

Referring to the increase in the number of cyber crimes, he said that there is a need for circumstantial evidences and opinions from the experts. It is difficult to corner the perpetuator of the crime in cyber crime cases. Additional knowledge over modern tools like brain mapping, narco analysis used in investigation is required for quality investigation, he added.

Loopholes

Delivering the talk on “Loopholes during the process of investigation and the reasons for the release of the accused,” veteran advocate Mattar Ratnakar Hegde said the defense lawyer can make use of every lapse on the part of evidences that are collected.

If the mandatory provisions are not completed, the benefits of these mistakes are taken by the defense lawyer. The first earliest possible version is important.
Eye witnesses are major issue in the first information report that is filed. The delay in filing the FIR can be condoled in some exceptional cases, however every minute in the delay should be proved. Defense lawyer will have it easier, if the FIR is weak.
Delay in recording the material statements will have an impact.

Stating that the dying statements are as effective as any other evidence in which the doctors need to certify it separately, he said investigation is an art with challenge. “The convictions can be done with earliest possible evidences,” he said and added that at present, in India, the rate of acquittal is 60 per cent as against the rate of convictions, that is, 40 per cent.


St. Mary's Island and Pajaka being developed as tourist religious Centres - 11/10/2011

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Kaup: A statue of Lord Krishna would be erected at the famous tourist centre of St. Mary's island on the beach to make it a religious as well as tourist paradise, across the waters near Malpe, said Dr. V.S. Acharya, minister in charge of Udupi district on Tuesday.

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The statue is expected to be 120 feet tall and the cost of the project would be Rs 5 crores, he added. A grant has been released by the Government for the Lord Krishna icon establishment work.

A new jetty will be built at the island first and then the statue would be erected, the minister informed pressmen at Kunjaru giri-Pajak Kshetra on Tuesday.
At Malpe-Vadabhadeshwara, a statue of Saint Madhwacharya is likely to be erected, and the work would be completed before monsoon in 2012, he hoped.

A Theme Park of Madhwa’s miracles will be also built in Pajaka where he was born. The park will be decorated with light and sound arrangements to attract visitors.

At Kunjarugiri, the temple area will be beautified with parks, roads and plants.

The Udupi district offices complex at Land’s End would be inaugurated by end of this month, at a cost of Rs 30crores Dr. Acharya indicated Udupi MLA, DC, ZP chief, TP Chairman and PWD engineer and others were present.



RSS-Anna links go back a long way, says RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat - 11/10/2011

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

 
KOLKATA: Laying speculation to rest, RSS Sar-Sanghchalak Mohanrao Bhagwat said that his organization and Anna Hazare go back a long way. If Bhagwat is to be believed, it was the RSS that urged Anna to go in for a movement against corruption but the organization never took active part in it.
"If the RSS is asked by Anna to join the movement, we shall do so. But, no such request has come in as yet. However, we are not stopping RSS members from participating in Anna's movement. The links between Anna and the RSS go back a long way. It was the RSS that highlighted Anna's developmental programmes for villages. We even got Anna to help us in our village development programmes. It was during these interactions that the RSS suggested to him to go in for a movement against corruption. I was supposed to meet Anna in June but both of us got held up elsewhere," the RSS chief said during an informal interaction with journalists in Kolkata on Wednesday.
According to Bhagwat, the RSS also spoke to Baba Ramdev on starting a movement against corruption. "We can't force him to join hands with Anna but we did urge Baba Ramdev to be part of the movement. The RSS, as an organization, believes in creating better individuals who would lead corruption-free lives. This would finally give birth to a corruption-free nation. However, for the time being, any movement against corruption in the government is good," he said.
The RSS chief believes that India is on her way to becoming the 'country of his dreams' where there will be a clear divide between religion and politics. According to him, the internal security system - particularly the Maoists - will not pose any problem if the situation is handled properly.
"I am from the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. I know for sure that the Maoists have no mass base. They have simply spread a network of terror. No change can take place in this manner. It is the poor people whose lives are getting grinded between the Maoists and the security forces. The Maoist problem can be sorted out in 2-3 years. I believe that the 'India of my dreams' will become a reality in 30 years. After all, awareness has gone up significantly and the younger generation is looking up to core values," Bhagwat said.
Hailing the loss of the CPM in West Bengal as the return of 'freedom' for the people, Bhagwat refused to comment on the activities of the new government in the state. He claimed that he was in Kolkata for better networking. He did not sound too happy with the Centre's directions to a filmmaker, not to depict pro-Tibet posters and the Tibetan flag in his film, so as not to hurt Chinese sentiments.
"What is wrong if a few Indian films depict such scenes? After all, a Chinese politician can come to India and ask a journalist to 'shut up' when asked about the wrong depiction of territory on a map. India should certainly have friendly relations with neighbours but should not them to dictate terms," Bhagwat said.

Katapadi: Vishwaroopa Darshana in Temple with 12,000 lights - 11/9/2011

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Katpadi, 09 November 2011: On the occasion of Vishwaroopa Darshana, with the cooperation of the hundreds of devotees, 12 thousands lamps were lit in Katapadi Shri Venkataramana Temple on Monday morning. This Vishwaroopa Darshana Deepotsava is being conducted in this temple for the first time.

 

  

Hundreds of devotees lit the lamps from early morning 2.00 am to 6.00 am inside and outside the temple compound and celebrated the occasion.
Especially the scene of the 12 thousand lights at the same time was beautiful.

 


India vs West Indies: India create history at Kotla, beat West Indies by five wickets - 11/9/2011

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NEW DELHI: VVS Laxman (58 not out) steered India to a comfortable five-wicket victory over West Indies on the fourth day of the first Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday.
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India created history at Kotla by defeating West Indies for the first time on the ground. India registered their 16th Test win under MS Dhoni's captainship in 32 matches.
The drama continued till the end as Yuvraj Singh was clean bowled by Darren Sammy with one more run required to register the victory.
VVS Laxman completed his 55th fifty and hit seven boundaries in his unbeaten 101-ball 57 innings.
India went in for lunch needing 22 more runs to beat West Indies.
VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh are on the crease at lunch and shouldn't take long in the post-lunch session to wrap up the match.
Devendra Bishoo trapped Tendulkar lbw on 76 to extend the wait for master's 100th international ton as India eye victory.
Tendulkar looked good for the monumental landmark as he hit boundaries at will and accumulated runs rapidly on Day 4 before young Bishoo got better of him. The master hit 10 boundaries in his 148-ball 76 knock.
Tendulkar also added quick 71-run partnership with VVS Laxman to lead the Indian run chase. The duo compiled runs rapidly as India went pass 200-run mark in the morning session of the fourth day quickly.
Tendulkar hit five boundaries to complete his 62nd Test fifty off 111 balls after India lost Rahul Dravid (31) early on Day 4.
Windies pacer Fidel Edwards gave the visitors a lifeline in the match when he clean bowled Dravid in the fourth over of the day. Dravid could only add a run to his overnight score.
India resumed the run chase on the fourth day requiring 124 more runs to win the Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against the Windies.
Chasing 276-run target, India had their nose ahead after they safely negotiated the West Indies bowlers on a tricky pitch as they finished the third day comfortably at 152/2 on Tuesday.

Udupi: District youth association members conduct protest - 11/9/2011

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Udupi, 09 November 2011: Udupi district youth association members conducted protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday accusing that, they were not given the positions in the organizing committee for the state level Yuvajanothsava celebration which is being conducted with a cost of lakhs of rupees by the District Youth Service and Sports Department on 12th November.
 
Speaking on the occasion Manohar Kunder who is the President of the association since the last 10 years said that, the responsibility of organizing the state level Yuvajanothsava in a grand manner should be given to them. Many teams who won the prizes and trophies in the various Yuvajanothsava are in our association. So they should be included in the Yuvajanothsava organizing committee, he urged.

 


 
District Youth Service and Sports Officer Sithanadi Vittala Shetty is misusing his power and without involving any associations or youth organizations, has only included the educational societies and teachers. He calls us only when needed, but keeps us away in the Yuvajanothsava in which lakhs of rupees are spent, he accused.
 
When we went to the Deputy Commissioner to complain about this, he also did not consider us properly. Because of our protest, the enquiry committee members who came from Bangalore have been taken care by Sithanadi Vittala Shetty and Deputy Commissioner and have given false report, he accused.
 
Seethanadi Vittala Shetty and Karkala Taluk Officer H.K. Ganapayya who is supporting him should be suspended immediately and the Yuvajanothsava should be postponed. The committee which is already formed should be cancelled and a new committee should be formed including the youth association. The responsibility of organizing the programs for the youths should be handed over to the youth association, he urged.
 
The protest was led by the youth association Office Bearers Yathish Kalya, Shankaradasa Chndkala, Rajesh Malya, Divakara Hejamadi and others.   



People continue to languish without facilities - 11/9/2011

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Udupi : Lack of basic facilities, which provides the ground for growth of naxalism in the region, is still a major grouse of the people in the remote villages of the Western Ghats. Their demands include title deeds for poor people, motorable roads, footbridges, and houses for landless people. Some blame the apathy and slow response of authorities to any problem.

Sources in the Police Department told The Hindu that naxalite-affected areas in Udupi district are under the jurisdiction of Kollur, Amasebail, Shankarnarayana, Hebri, Ajekar, and Karkala Rural police stations.

Member of the State Executive Committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) Radha Sundaresh told The Hindu that unemployed youth became desperate and were frustrated with corruption prevailing everywhere. They lose confidence in the system and get attracted to naxal ideology. Most of these youth are educated. It is necessary to generate jobs. They need to be told that problems can be solved through ballot and not bullet. The funds released under the naxalite area development package have not reached the intended beneficiaries, she says.

To regain the confidence of the people, the district administration and the police hold mass contact programmes in naxalite affected villages.

According to the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, under the Remote and Interior Area Development Programme, the Government provided special grants of Rs. 1 crore in 2005-06, Rs. 1.3 crore in 2006-07, Rs. 1.5 crore in 2007-08, for 14 naxalite-affected gram panchayats in the district, seven each in Kundapur and Karkala taluks. As many as 112 footbridges were built in these 14 gram panchayats at a cost of Rs. 2.34 crore under the Western Ghat Development Scheme in 2009-10.


Rain, heavy thunderstorms forecast to hit Oman - 11/9/2011

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Muscat: The deep tropical depression over the west of the Arabian Sea is moving closer to Oman's coast and could bring rainfall varying from heavy to very heavy thunderstorms, according to the Directorate of Meteorology and Air Navigation.

The rainfall is likely over the central region, in south, east and northern parts of Oman. "It would rain for the next three days with intensity gradually increasing," a forecaster said.

The Met Department said that the trough of low extending from Iran would continue to impact north of the Sultanate with isolated rain and varying thunderstorms, sometimes accompanied by winds of and fall of hailstones on Muscat, South Batinah, North Batinah, Musandam, Buraimi, the Interior and the North and south Sharqiyah.

The Directorate has urged residents to be careful and stay away from valleys and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) update says that the Arabian Sea basin is now hosting a second developing storm after Cyclone Keila erupted in a landfall over the Yemen-Oman coast last week.

The latest one, cyclone ‘04A', is expected to undergo another round of intensification to become a deep depression, the IMD update says.

Keila caused widespread rains in Oman's southern region and also sank Indian ship MSV Shiv Sagar MNV 2169 of Sadah town in the south.

Passing ships in the Arabian Sea have been advised to keep clearer from the path of the brewing storm.



Mamata Banerjee storms police station in Kolkata, frees two party men - 11/8/2011

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KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in an unusual intervention stormed a local police station late Monday night and ensured the release of two of her party members who were allegedly arrested for rioting an hour earlier, Times Now reported.
Mamata's party members were involved in a brawl between two local clubs- Sevak Sangha and Players Corner and the police. Eyewitnesses claimed that the members of Sevak Sangha were headed to Babughat for Jagadhhatri idol immersion and they burst banned (high decibel) firecrackers right in front of the Chittaranjan Cancer Research Institute. Apart from fire crackers, a DJ was playing music at high volume. Police asked them to stop music and then insisted that they move fast as the procession was causing huge traffic snarl. People in the procession refused to follow the police orders while flaunting their political connections.
Meanwhile, another group of youth (Players Corner) gathered at the spot. While Sevak Sangha group attacked the police at Bhowanipore police station, the Players Corner asked the cops to act against them. Both clubs claimed that among their patrons were the two brothers of the chief minister. And if eyewitnesses are to be believed, the vandals were dropping the names of "high-profile contacts" while attacking policemen, ransacking vehicles and staging a roadblock.
The attack left at least a dozen cops injured, police refused to take action against the attackers. Not a single arrest was made in the incident that prompted chief minister Mamata Banerjee to rush to the spot to pacify the crowd. Worse still, four persons including two members of Mamata's party detained were released after a few hours.
The procession was managed by Jagannath Sau, a close associate of Baban Banerjee, one of Mamata's brothers. Sau was present at the spot as was Baban Banerjee. The attacks were perpetrated by a local strongman, Kumar Saha and his henchmen. Kumar is very close to Jagannath Sau. When contacted, Kumar denied this allegation. "Neither me nor any of my supporters was there... Go through the television footage and check who was present in the front row of the mob," said Kumar.

Mudarangady: St. Pius X Ward Feast celebrated - 11/8/2011

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The parishioners of St. Francis Xavier's parish, Kenha-Mudarangadi, belonging to St. PiusX  Ward (Kenha Hithlu), celebrated their annual ward feast on Sunday, 6th November 2011.  It was a maiden celebration as the ward came int existence last year.  A thanksgiving high mass was concelebrated at 8:00 a.m. on that day by Rev. Lancy DSilva and Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest.  Rev. DSa gave a sermon highlighting the noble life and miracles of St. Pius X. The members of the ward shared the liturgy of the mass and offerings were brought in a grand procession.  
The festive celebration was conducted at the residence of Mrs. Stella DSouza, Kenha Hithlu, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.   The site of this celebration covered under metal roofing and was decorated with lighting. All the members of the ward and the invitees were present.  The members of the ward welcomed the gathering in an unique way.  Entertainment programmes to include dances, skits, kolata, and singing preceded the stage programme. 

Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest was the chief guest.  Rev. Lancy DSilva, Sr. Lynette, Sr. Superior of Nirmala Convent, Sr. Scolastica, Mr. Joseph DSouza, Vice President of Parish Pastoral Parishad, Mrs. Janet Barboza, Secretary of Parish Pastoral Parishad, and Mrs. Irene Mendonca, Convenor, Small Christian Community were the guests of honour who were seated along with Rev. Dsa at the dias.  They were welcomed and brought to the dias with floral bouquet by Mr. Denzil Noronha and Mrs. Treaza DSouza. Rev. DSa and all the guests of honour spoke on this occasion delivering festive wishes to the ward.

The 82nd birthday of Mrs. Stella DSouza was celebrated by her family members and whole gathering of around 100 stood witness to this joyous moment.  The eldest member of the ward, Mrs. Celestine DSouza (nee Martis) was felicitated with shawl, garland, fruits and a panel of St.Pius X as momento.  Mrs. Philomena DSouza introduced  Mrs. Celestine DSouza the ups and downs in her illustrious life of 90 years.  The family of late Cyril Vas, ward members, was also felicitated as they are moving out of the ward.
Thereafter, prizes were given away to the winners of mud-track race (kesaru gadde ota) and other games.
This memorable function was attended by all the Gurkars of the wards and hindu families residing in the ward.
 
Mr. Sunil DSouza, Gurkar of the ward proposed a vote of thanks.  Mrs. Sunitha DSouza was the comparer of the programme. At the end of the programme moderate rain greeted the occasion as if it was waiting the celebration to conclude.
 





















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