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Dubai: Requiem mass in English offered for the departed souls of AIE crash victims - 6/3/2010

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Dubai, 03 June 2010: St. Mary's Konkan Community (SMKC), Dubai organized a requiem mass in English on Tuesday, 01st June 2010, at 7.00 PM at St. Mary’s Church for the 158 victims of the Air India express crash at Bajpe Mangalore airport on 22nd May early morning. This gave an opportunity for the Catholic community in Dubai to pray for all the victims.

The church was crowded as people came in large numbers to take part in the sorrow and to pray for the families who lost their near and dear ones. Fr. Tomasito Vernacion, Parish priest of St. Mary's Church, Dubai , Fr. Freddy Dsouza. Spiritual Director and Asst Priest of the Konkan Community concelebrated the Eucharistic service at 7.00 PM praying for the departed souls of the victims on board the ill-fated flight IX 812. All the 158 names were printed and displayed at the center of the altar with a wreath placed in honour of them.

Mrs. Jennifer Mascarenhas, Main Coordinator of St. Mary's Konkan Community delivered the eulogy at the end of the service. As she spoke, few pictures were displayed on the screen and the congregation were rapt with attention while feeling the pain and sorrow of the victims. She poignantly briefed the incident and expressed heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased passengers on board flight IX 812 from Dubai to Mangalore, praying that the Lord may give them strength and courage to face the untimely loss of their loved ones.

As quoted at the beginning of the eulogy: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.



Oman warns of cyclone heading towards east coast - 6/2/2010

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The cyclone is also forecast to land on coast of India or Pakistan in next 24 hours

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 06:35 June 2, 2010
Work in full swing
  • Construction continues on the Duqm Port in Oman's Central Region. In the east of Oman on Wednesday, forecasters have warned of a coming cyclone.
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture

Muscat: A storm is brewing in the Arabian sea and is expected to have its impact on Oman's east coast .

The category 4 cyclone is also forecast to land on the coast of India or Pakistan in next 24 hours.

Cyclone Phet was moving in the north-westerly direction at a speed of 12 km/h  off the coast of the eastern region, according to the Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation department in Muscat.

It is currently in an area off Masirah Island, where residents have been given a warning for torrential rain and strong winds.

"Although the cyclone is forecast to veer in the north-easterly direction towards the Indian and Pakistan coast, it may cause heavy rains in Masirah and Ras Al Hadd on the eastern coast," the department advisory said.

The department has also advised fishermen not to venture out in the sea, especially on the eastern coast of the country to avoid the impact of Phet, which is a Thai word pronounced as Pet, meaning "Diamond".  

With the advisory of destructive winds, flooding rain, and significant storm surge to a large part of eastern Oman, panic-stricken residents stormed supermarkets and hypermarkets to stock on essentials, including water.



New guidelines for pilots, landings and bathroom breaks - 6/2/2010

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June 02:  After the Mangalore crash last month in which nearly 160 people were killed on an Air India plane from Dubai, the government has issued a new set of guidelines for all airlines. 


Mangalore air crash


A circular from the Civil Aviation Ministry lists the correct landing procedures, as well as the protocol to be followed by pilots and crew in the cockpit.


In the Mangalore crash, India’s worst aviation disaster in more than a decade, the pilot overshot the hilltop runway by 2000 feet and the plane crashed into the valley and burst into flames. 


The notices stresses that "a large percentage of incidents and accidents occur during the approach and landing or take-off phase of flight. This is also the phase where there is transition from automated flight to manual flight, instrument to visual reference, and vice versa. It is critical that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed meticulously in these phases of flight...a good landing is not one that the passengers perceive as a soft landing, but one that is made at the correct point on the runway with the correct flight parameters."


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This point is significant since Air India is thought to have issued a circular to its pilots well before the Mangalore tragedy, asking for soft landings to conserve fuel and protect the air frame of the aircraft. The danger of a soft landing is that an aircraft potentially uses up more of the runway to come to a complete halt.

A few days after the Mangalore crash, another Air India flight was reported to have flirted dangerously with disaster.  A plane from Dubai to Pune plunged several thousand feet.  A government inquiry is trying to determine why.  A report in the newspaper The Indian Express states that the pilot went to the bathroom and got locked out of the cockpit.  The pilot did not follow rules that mandate a flight attendant must be moved into the cockpit when the pilot takes a break.  In his absence, the paper states, the co-pilot was unable to handle the plane. 


In an apparent reference to that incident, the new guidelines state that "In case one of the crew members has to leave the cockpit during the non critical phases of flight, the cabin crew is required to be inside the cockpit and occupy the observer seat...the pilot remaining in the cockpit shall wear shoulders harness, and headset and maintain high level of alertness, and situational awareness. He should have an unobstructed access to the flight controls."


Present government has worked hardest for anganwadi workers: Narendra Swamy - 6/2/2010

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Mangalore, June 2:  Minister for Women and Child Welfare Department Narendra Swamy said that the present state government has launched more welfare schemes and benefits for anganwadi workers than any other state government in the past. He was speaking at the Hakkottaya Convention organized by DK District Anganwadi Activists and Helpers Association at Town Hall on June 2, Wednesday.

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Claiming that no other government has done so much for the welfare of anganwadi workers than the present government, he asked the anganwadi workers not to feel that the government is doing nothing for them. He informed them that Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa has agreed to provide pensions for anganwadi workers a month after they retire at the age of 50. The government also has plans to implement some more welfare schemes for anganwadi workers. 


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Town Hall


A capacity builder has been appointed to oversee maintenance following an affidavit submitted by the concerned authorities requesting the government to provide qualitative and quantitative food for the children, said the minister. 


Association President M. P. Bharati presided over the programme. Deputy Director of Women and Child Welfare Department Shakunthala A. was the chief guest. Vishalakshi, the president of the Mangalore city association, welcomed the gathering. Vijaya Eshwar Gowda, the secretary of the association, expressed gratitude.


MUMBAI: Tutor rapes 13-year-old Khar girl - 6/2/2010

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MUMBAI: A 13-year-old girl, who had learning disabilities, was raped by her 42-year-old private tutor, Ramchandra Nadar, at her residence in Khar (W). The victim's parents learnt about the incident recently when one of their relatives spotted the teacher in an objectionable position in the victim's room and told her parents about it.

Nadar was helping the victim with her studies since December. He used to come to her residence in the afternoon her when parents were at work. The victim’s mother is a college lecturer and her father works for an aviation company.

On Monday, the girl's parents registered a complaint of rape against Nadar at Khar police station. The police are suspecting that Nadar had sexually assaulted the victim on several occasions.

Nadar lives with his wife in Andheri. However, he has been absconding ever since the complaint was lodged. The police are questioning his relatives and friends about him.

Additional commissioner of police (west) Amitabh Gupta said, Last week, a relative had visited the victim's house for some work. When she asked the domestic help where was the victim was, she was told that the girl was busy studying. As the relative went to take a peek inside the room, she found the teacher's activity suspicious. She immediately told the girls parents about it.

The victim’s parents were shocked when they heard about Nadar’s activity. They had employed the domestic help to look after the daughter once they left for work. The maid would remain in the house when Nadar came to teach her.

The police officials stated that the domestic help was unaware of any suspicious activity because she probably took a nap once Nadar arrived.

The victim was appearing for her exams last week so the parent decided to wait for a few days to ask her about Nadar's activity. A couple of days ago, the parents asked the victim about her studies and the teacher. That is when she told them about Nadar's act. The shocked parents immediately approached the police and registered the complaint.


CMC meet: clearing of drains highlighted - 6/2/2010

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Udupi: The issue of clearing silt from stormwater drains dominated the general body meeting of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) here on Monday.

Jayananda, councillor, said that the removal of silt from the stormwater drains had not been taken up in the 18 municipal wards on the outskirts of the city, even as the monsoon was likely to set in in a week. The repair of roads had not been taken up. The condition of roads would become worse during the rainy season, he said.

It was not enough if the removal of silt was taken up in the wards lying in the heart of the city. As many as 18 wards were on the outskirts and they too should be given equal importance, he said.

Amrita Krishnamurthy and Anandi said that removal of silt from the drains along the narrow roads in some wards had to be done manually. Earthmovers were helpful only on broad roads, they said.

Meenakshi Bannanje said that removal of silt from the Kalmady rivulet should be taken up. Dirty water had got accumulated in the Kalmady vented dam, she said.

CMC president Dinakar Shetty said that priority had been given to removal of silt from the Kalsank stormwater drain, as most of the rainwater flowed through that drain. The removal of silt from the stormwater drains between the Sharada Mantapa and Kalsank and in the Badagabettu are had been completed.

Work was under way on the drains between Sharada Hotel bypass and Kodavoor. The removal of silt from the drains in other wards of the city too was under way, he said.

Drinking water

When councillor M.R. Pai sought to know about the drinking water position, CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak said that water in the Baje and Shiroor vented dams would last for a month. Mr. Shetty said that the CMC was planning to build a new dam across Swarna river as the demand for drinking water was expected to increase in the coming years. Councillor Naveen Bhandari wanted to know why parking of vehicles was allowed on the stretch between the Diana Circle and service bus-stand road and disallowed on the Taluk Office-Diana Circle Road stretch. Mr. Shetty said that the matter had been taken up with the Regional Transport Authority and the Traffic Police. Councillor Panduranga Malpe said that trucks carrying fish should not be allowed to drop the wastewater along the road at Malpe. This had made the stretch jittery and resulted in a lot of accidents happening there, involving motorcycles.


Rs. 60 crore allocated for KMDC: Aboobakkar - 6/2/2010

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Udupi: Chairman of the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation Ltd., (KMDC) N.B. Aboobakkar said on Monday that the State Government had allocated Rs. 60 crore to it this year against the Rs. 49.2 crore allocated last year.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Aboobakkar said that the allocation to KMDC by the B.S. Yeddyurappa Government was higher than those made by the previous Governments, which varied from just Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 14 crore.

The KMDC had distributed Rs. 103.55 crore among 73,293 beneficiaries under various schemes in the last two years. It planned to disburse Rs. 60 crore among 40,643 beneficiaries during 2010-11.

The recovery of loans by the KMDC had increased three times.

The monthly recovery of loans was Rs. 40 lakh earlier. But now, it had increased to Rs. 1.29 crore. The KMDC officials were delivering the cheques under various schemes on the doorsteps of beneficiaries.

The KMDC had distributed subsidised educational loans under the Arivu scheme among 17,000 students in the State. Steps had been initiated to computerise all the records in KMDC offices.In 2009-10, loans worth Rs. 86.92 crore had been distributed among 543 beneficiaries as against a target of Rs. 76.55 crore to 482 beneficiaries in Udupi district, under schemes such as Swavalambane, Shramashakti, micro loans, Arivu and Gangakalyana, Mr. Aboobakkar said.

Haj Committee member Mohammed Salim Ambagilu, Bharatiya Janata Party members Anwar Rico and Azzaruddin were present.



World anger mounts against Israel over ship carnage - 6/1/2010

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Worldwide, protests coincided with a United Nations Security Council decision to condemn Israel, in a marathon 12-hour session, pitting Turkey against Israel's biggest ally, the US.


  • A demonstrator shouts as he is surrounded by riot police during a protest against the Israeli assault on the Freedom Flotilla at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara Tuesday. Turkey’s prime minister has condemned Tel Aviv’s action in the strongest terms.
  • Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Regional and international anger mounted against Israel on Tuesday with Turkey leading the way saying "enough is enough".

"This bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, demanding that Israel immediately lift its "inhumane" blockade of Gaza.

International reaction to Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla

"They have once again showed to the world that they know how good they are at killing people," Erdogan said. "Israel in no way can legitimise this murder, it cannot wash its hands of this blood." Erdogan added that Turkey would continue to support the Palestinian people.




America's leading apparel Brand Arrow enters City Centre Mall - 6/2/2010

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Mangalore :  Arrow -leading apparel brand of America opened its exclusive showroom in the first floor of City Centre Mall on Tuesday, 01st of June.

Nalin Kumar Kateel, M. P, Mangalore formally inaugurated the showroom by lighting the lamp.

Sumit Dhingra, Retail head Arrow said Arrow is one of the most celebrated apparel brands in the country today & it gives me immense pleasure to share the success of the brand with the fashion lovers of this city. I am sure our existing and new collections will give a variety of choice to the discerning consumers here. The store has been designed, keeping in mind 3 spaces sport, formal and suits. He was speaking to reporters at a press conference held at the Senate Hall of Hotel Deepa Comforts on June 1, Tuesday after the inauguration of the showroom.  

Sargam Trading and Services Pvt Ltd as the franchise for Arrow along with Titan and Fastrack in Mangalore. Arrow showroom is their first showroom in Mangalore and they are in process of expanding their business to the other cities also.

Customer satisfaction through retailing excellence and offer international standard buying experience to our customer is our objective said Ms Gladys Rebello, Director.

Director of Sargam Trading and Services Pvt. Ltd. Gladys Rebello and Regional Manager of South India Sharad Nigam were present during the press conference.


Manipal Arogya card scheme launched - 6/1/2010

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Mangalore, 01 June 2010: Home Minister Dr V S Acharya launched the Manipal Arogya card scheme 2010 here on Monday by issuing the first card to Surendra and his family. The scheme which was started in 2001 has benefited thousands of members who had enrolled to

During the scheme in 2009, there was a total usage of more than 1,35,000 times by the members at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, KMC Hospitals, Mangalore, Dr T M A Pai Hospital, Udupi and Dr T MA Pai Hospital Karkala. The total concession given to the members is Rs 2.8 crore. Giving details of the Manipal Arogya Card Scheme, Dr H S Ballal Pro Chancellor said: By paying a small sum, anybody can become a member and can avail the facilities. Those interested can become members between June 2 and July 26, 2010.

Dr Ramdas M Pai presided over the function.

Manipal Arogya Card is a unique scheme in which the discounts on treatment can be availed on pre-existing diseases as well.  Applications for the scheme is available at all networked hospitals under Manipal Health Systems and Syndicate Bank branches in Udupi, Mangalore, Shimoga, Uttara Kannada, Davangere, Chitradurga, Chikmagalur, Kodagu and in North Kerala -Kannur and Kasaragod districts in Kerala.  A helpdesk has been set-up at each participating hospital to provide more information about the Manipal Arogya card scheme. A 24 hour helpline - 0820-2571967 or 92435 31639 been set-up.


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