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Udupi: Shri Krishna Mutt felicitates Golden Girl Pramila Pinto - 7/13/2011

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Udupi, 13 July 2011: Pramila Joyce Pinto, who is a student at Manasa Rehabilitation and Training Centre for Mentally Challenged Children, at Pamboor, Udupi, who won Gold and Bronze medals in the recently held Special Olympics for specially-abled children at Athens, Greece, has been felicitated in the Shri Krishna Mutt, organized by Udupi Jilla Nagarika Samithi on Tuesday.

 

Shree Laxmeevara Theertha Swameeji of Paryaya Shiroor Mutt felicitated Pramila in Vasantha Mantapa of Shri Krishna Mutt, and said that the special children are the special creations of Lord. Even in them God fills the talent, so no one should have inferiority complex on them and they should not worry that they are not getting the support for their talent. It is the duty of the society to take care of them in the front stream, said Shree.

 


 Pramila is felicitated by Paryaya Shiroor Shree Laxmeevara Theertha Swameeji

 

Chief guest of the felicitation program District Youth Service and Sports Department Seethanadi Vittala Shetty spoke on the occasion and announced that from their department he will provide roller skating shoes and the sports equipments to Manasa Centre. Other guests and dignitaries present on the occasion were; Vasantha Shetty – Education Officer from Education Department Brahmavara Zone, Lathvya Acharya – Deevana of Mutt, Nithyananda Volakadu – Secretary of Jilla Nagarika Samithi, Remidiya D’Souza – President of Manasa, Thelma Lewis – Principal of Manasa, Shaini - Physical Education Teacher, Laxminarayana Upadyaya – Coach of Pramila and others.


 
Before this felicitation program, Pramila Pinto was taken in a open vehicle grand procession along with hundreds of students through the Court Road, Service – City bus stand, Mosque Road and Badagupete, to Shri Krishna Mutt. The procession was organized by Jilla Nagarika Samithi.

 



Land Denotification: Pejavar seer threatens indefinite fast from tomorrow - 7/12/2011

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Pejavar ShreeMangalore, July 12, 2011: Pejavar Mutt pontiff Visvesha Thirtha Swami today threatened to go on an indefinite fast in Mangalore from tomorrow if the ruling BJP failed to honour its promise of withdrawing notification on acquisition of land for SEZ by this evening.

"Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa met me three days back and promised to rescind the notification issued for acquiring 2035 acres by July 10. But so far no action has been taken. I will wait till this evening.If the notification is not withdrawn, I will launch an indefinite fast from tomorrow," he told a press conference in Bangalore today.

Likening forcible acquisition of lands from farmers to "forcible conversion of people into other castes with promise of allurements",he urged the government not to acquire fertile land for industrial purposes. "Only barren land should be acquired," he said. Acquisition of fertile land also goes against Central and state government guidelines, he maintained.

The seer said the land acquired in 2005 remained unutilised and no farming activity could be taken up since then.Banks too are unwilling to extend credit for agricutlural operations.

Pejavar Swami,who has been agitating against land acquisition for the SEZ and Nandikur Thermal Power plant in Udupi,mooted a statewide stir against acquiring farmers land for industries. He also declared support to farmers of Gadag who have been up in arms on giving land to the proposed POSCO steel plant.

Asked if he would fight land acquisition for the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise project, which has been entrusted with Bangalore-Mysore expressway and township project, the Seer said "no body has invited him so far".

He set a three month deadline for the government constituted expert committee to study the ’health hazards’ posed by the thermal plant in Udupi and submit a report and for government to act on it. "The government has given six month time to the Committee.It is too late. The committee should complete its work and submit its findings by Oct 2", he said.



Demand for Jasmine Flowers raise as production drops by rain - 7/12/2011

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Udupi, 12 July 2011: Historically famous Shakarapura Jasmine Flowers (Mallige) gained huge demand even in the rainy season, but the production has dropped due to heavy rain which has caused concern to the producers. The flower buds are falling down with the cool temperature caused by the rains, which has reduced the income to the producers.

 

 

 


As the production is reduced the demand has raised even in the month of July. In this rainy season the production has reduced by 50% in Bantakal, Shirva, Innanje, Pangala, Moodubelle areas. About 3,000 people of this area who are farming Jasmine flowers are now without much work to do in the mornings. On Sunday there has been huge demand for the flowers from Udupi, Mangalore and also from Mumbai market.

 

More than 750 packs (atti) of flowers have been dispatched to Mumbai on Sunday. In Shankarapura market rate was Rs. 305 to Rs. 400 and in city area the rate was even Rs. 1,000 per pack. At noon even for Rs. 1,500 the flowers were not available, as they get sold out by then. When there is demand, if the prices are raised the producers can benefit more, but the prices are controlled by the agents.

 

With the policy of controlling the prices by the agents, even though there so much demand the producers do not get the benefit out of it for their hard work. A system of flower growers themselves determining the prices is to be implemented opinioned Jasmine flower grower Ronald Castelino.


Cyprus: Zygi naval base munitions blast kills 12 - 7/12/2011

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A massive blast at a munitions dump in southern Cyprus has killed 12 people, including the commander of the country's navy, officials say.

A fire reportedly ignited about 100 containers holding confiscated Iranian explosives at the naval base at Zygi.

The fire spread to the island's largest power station. It has been knocked out, resulting in widespread power cuts.

Defence Minister Costas Papacostas and National Guard Chief Petros Tsalikides resigned over the accident.

President Dimitris Christopfias, who went to the area, described the explosion as "a catastrophe of biblical proportions".

He added: "We were devastated by this event, not so much by the material damage, but by the loss of human lives and the injury of many of our compatriots."

The dead also include the commander of the Evangelos Florakis naval base, police said. About 60 people were wounded in the blast.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said sabotage had been ruled out.

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Officials say all 98 containers of explosive stored in the munitions dump at the base had exploded.

They had been seized from a Cypriot-flagged ship, the Monchegorsk, which was intercepted travelling from Iran in January 2009.

Cyprus said the shipment violated UN sanctions against Iran.

The fire spread to the nearby Vassilikou power station - which provides 50% of the country's electricity - knocking out the electricity supply to many homes and businesses.

The fire has also had a knock-on effect on the BBC's broadcasts to the eastern Mediterranean.

Six of the eight transmitters in the BBC's relay station at Zygi are without power, interrupting direct English-language broadcasts to the Middle East.

State radio said the dead included two sailors from the Cyprus navy, two soldiers and five firefighters.

'Total mess'

The blast, which occurred at 0600 (0300 GMT), was "rather like a sonic boom", eyewitness Hermes Solomon told the BBC.

He was staying in a caravan on a campsite not far from the base.

"The doors crashed together, the glass blew in - windows, door frames, things left their shelves. It was a total mess inside, as though a bomb had hit the place."

State television said the blasts caused extensive damage to property in the area and sparked wildfires in nearby scrubland in the tinder-dry summer conditions.

"It was huge. I fell out of bed and ran to check on the kids," nearby resident Eleni Toubi told Reuters.

Alexandra Dimitriou, who was at nearby Governor's Beach at the time of the explosion, said all the hotels in the area had their glass blown out.

"After the blast we walked up across the beach to make sure there were no casualties," she told the BBC. "There was a lot of panic there. Older folk thought the Turks were invading.

"There was shattered glass everywhere. We got in the car and left to avoid getting stuck there and on our way back to Limassol we saw road signs which had been ripped off by the force of the explosion."

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Religious council soon: Acharya - 7/12/2011

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UDUPI: Higher education and muzrai minister V S Acharya has said that the government will soon form state dharmika parishath (state religious council) to select members to the adminsitrative committees of temples.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Press Club here on Sunday, Acharya said that some sections pertaining to the Unified Religious Endowment Act, which came into existence in 2003, were challenged in the Supreme Court, and the apex court has suggested amendements to the act. In accordance with SC order, the state Dharmika Parishath is being formed and the CM has sent the paper to the governor for ratification, Achrya added.

The Dharmika Parishath will have eight members which include dharmadarshis (trustees of temples) minister and muzrai secretary and others.

The district judge, Agaama Pandit, SC and ST representatives and others will decide the formation of the trustees to the district-level temples.


I feel sorry for Suresh Kalmadi, he is innocent: Digvijay - 7/12/2011

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Ashok Chavan, Kalmadi innocent, claims Digvijay
PUNE: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday sympathised with scam-tainted party leaders -- MP Suresh Kalmadi and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan saying he felt both of them were innocent.
"We feel sorry for Suresh Kalmadi who is suffering hardships, and also for Ashok Chavan. In my personal opinion, both of them are innocent. But whenever any corruption charges are levelled, Soniaji has to take action," he said addressing party workers.
Singh, who arrived in the city after visiting the famous Lord Vitthal temple at Pandharpur on the occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi', said Congress had always fought corruption.
It was because of the Right to Information Act brought by the Congress government that the recent scams, including those relating to the Adarsh Society, CWG and 2G spectrum, had come to light, he added.
"Congress has not spared anybody and we have acted in all cases. On the other hand, BJP has not touched Karnataka chief minister B Yeddyurappa who is facing charges of corruption," Singh said.
The Congress leader also felt that in the cases where the charge sheet had been filed and investigations were complete, the judiciary should consider granting bail to the accused. He, however, did not name anybody in this connection.
Singh said Congress was proud of its leader Rahul Gandhi who had taken up cudgels in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to bring justice to the underprivileged with his "padayatra".
He rubbished Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati's charge that Gandhi had avoided food offered to him at a Dalit home during his foot-march.
"The concerned Dalit has himself denied this allegation," he added.
Attacking RSS, he said Congress would continue its fight against "fascist ideology".

Ashwini Akkunji's B samples tests positive. To face 2-year ban - 7/12/2011

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Mangalore, July 11, 2011: Ashwini Akkunji, who won gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games held recently, has failed the second dope test too as her B samples have been found positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Along with Ashwini, Priyanka Pawar too has tested positive. Both stars now face a two-year ban, which means that Ashwini might have to bid good-bye to the London Olympics.


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M. L. Dogra, the director of Athletics Federation of India, said that the federation has received documents from the NADA that the B samples of both Priyanka and Ashwini have tested positive for the same anabolic steroids found in their A sample.

The two athletes have been suspended at present; they might be banned for two years after the National Anti Doping Agency hears the case.

If Ashwini is banned for two years, she will not only miss the London Olympics, but also the World Championships in Daegue, South Korea.

Corporation Bank, which has its headquarters in Mangalore, had recently withdrawn all its advertisements featuring Ashwini, who the bank had appointed as its brand ambassador in recognition of her achievements. Since her B sample has also tested positive, it remains to be seen whether Ashwini will be allowed to continue her services at the bank.


22 houses damaged as rain lashes Udupi - 7/12/2011

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Due to incessant in the last 24 hours 17 houses were collapsed causing a damage to the tune of Rs 4.44 lakhs in Udupi district.


A person suffered minor injuries when lightning struck him, and 22 houses and agricultural fields were damaged in heavy rains accompanied by strong winds on Monday.


Sources in the Udupi taluk office said the house of Tanya Poojarti was completely damaged in Harady village and the loss was estimated at Rs. 2 lakh. The house of Girija Poojarti in Shirva village was damaged and the loss was estimated at Rs. 50,000.


At Handady village, the house of Raviraj was damaged when a tree fell on it and the loss was estimated at Rs. 30,000. A house each belonging to Sundari and Manjula were damaged in Pernankila village and the loss of both houses taken together was estimated at Rs. 75,000.


The house of Manju Naik in Heroor village was damaged and the loss was estimated at Rs. 20,000. The house of Gopi Poojarti was damaged at Heroor and the loss was estimated at Rs. 30,000. A tree fell on the house of Anant Naik in Balakudru village, damaging it. The loss was estimated at Rs. 22,000. Ash mixed with soil inundated about 25 acres of agricultural land at Santhur, damaging it.

 

Sources in Kundapur taluk office said that a house each belonging to Girija Poojarti, Ganesh Prabhu, and Shankar Kargi were damaged when trees fell on them at Kumbashi. The loss to all three houses taken together was estimated at Rs. 1 lakh.


As many as eight houses were damaged at Gopady. A house each belonging to Vanaja Nagaraj, Gulabi Narayana, Gulabi Markalti, Ananda Markala, Chennamma Mogerti, Rama Markala, Raga Suvarna, and Honamma Ganiga were damaged in the village. The loss to these eight houses taken together was estimated at Rs. 51,500. Sea erosion had been reported from Paduvari village.


Rainwater inundated low-lying areas at Kalsanka, Gundibail, Mathura Chatra, Rajangana, Bailakere, and Malpe localities. CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak told The Hindu that the CMC personnel had rushed to the areas to clear the storm-water drains which got blocked with plastic bottles and other plastic material.


Sources in Karkala taluk office said that Ashok Poojary sustained burns when lightning struck him at Kakkuje village. The house of Kittanna Hegde was damaged at Mala village. The house of Beechu Handti was damaged at Kadsale village and a sericulture shed belonging to Srinath Seth was damaged in Bailoor.



DHARMASTHALA:Agricultural implements donated - 7/11/2011

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DHARMASTHALA: Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala D Veerendra Heggade has sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the purchase of agricultural implements by members of Pragati Bandhu groups in Belgaum district.
"The group consists of small farmers and the financial aid is to encourage them to take up agricultural activities. In all, 2010 Pragati Bandhu groups have been formed in 10 taluks of Belgaum district," a release from Kshetra stated.
Farmers who become members of the group involve in weekly labour exchange under a agricultural development programme. The Kshetra had donated two spades, one pick-axe, one sickle and two baskets to each group, stated the release.
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The Kshetra has also donated 850 pairs of benches and desks to various government schools in Chitradurga district through the department of public instruction. "The Kshetra in the past three years has provided 3746 pairs of furniture to 625 schools in Chitradurga. The Kshetra so far has donated 33,607 desks and benches to 5,579 schools across the state at a cost of Rs 10.57 crore and has benefited nearly 2 lakh students," the release stated.
 

Cousin held for trying to rape 4-yr-old - 7/11/2011

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NEW DELHI: A four-year old girl was allegedly molested and an attempt to rape her was made by her 19-year-old cousin in the Welcome area in east Delhi on Saturday afternoon.
The boy was caught when two women spotted him as he took the child inside the Jheel Park to rape her. The accused has been arrested.
"The incident occurred around 3pm when two women saw the boy going inside the park. One of them called the police when she saw the boy in an objectionable position with the child. We have arrested the accused and charged him with attempt to rape on the basis of the statement of the eyewitness," said a senior police officer.
As per the complaint, the brother of the accused had brought the child from her house in Welcome area to his house in Kanti Nagar. The accused offered to drop her back. Upon reaching the Welcome area, he went inside the Jheel Park with her. When two women saw him going towards that area in the park which had no exit, they became suspicious and followed him. The women entered the park and saw him in an objectionable position with the child and raised an alarm.
"The accused first tried misleading the police by saying he was the child's brother and would not do such a thing. However, on questioning he admitted to the crime. He was sent to Tihar Jail after being produced in the court," said the officer.
The victim's father said, "Yesterday, his brother took my child from the house on the pretext of playing with her. We let her go because we trusted them. We never thought he will try to rape her. He should face strict punishment."

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