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MLA K Raghupathy Bhat Confirms enough water for citizens - 4/11/2012


Udupi: Town MLA K. Raghupathi Bhat claimed here that Udupi had enough water to supply all over the households within TC limits.

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He was telling the anxious newsmen, following a crisis in which Mangalore was placed early this month, of rationing drinking water once in 2 days to many areas.

Bhat clarified that the Town Municipal council had chalked out long-ranging plans with special commitment to basic needs like water, power and roads. He should be a model to MCC Corporators(BJP) here who do not work but sulk in defeat, even when they grabbed deputy Mayor and 4 SC posts.

Bhat added that 96%  taxes were collected in Udupi by end of March 2012. There was 24 hours water supply in April.

Here in MCC the citizens have 10 days water stretched to 20 days., to the shame of BJP4 years rule.

Udupi will have waters upto May 25 to supply everyday. Tanker facility was not called for as reservoirs are full, Bhat explained.

The separation of Udupi(dt) from DK Dt., has worked wonders, he implied. 64 construction works costing Rs 3 crores from the special allotments, were earmarked fro completing these works, MLA Bhat sated.

A sum of Rs 4 crores is invested to renovate the Town Hall. The Municipal Council received Rs 30 crores under CM’s Small and Medium Development Projects scheme, under which new plans are drawn up.

Malpe-Padukere bridge building and Kalsanka-Gundibailu road widening process are on right track, costing Rs7.5 crores and Rs 6 crores respectively.

Udupi fish market is under renovation. Jodukatte-Brahmagiri stretch is widened at a cost of Rs 2 crores.

CM DVS Gowda will inaugurate the renovated Udupi Town Hall on May 20, the MLA informed, reeling out many more statistics and works in progress.

Bhat also stated that each Panchayat was responsible to provide water to its citizens, coming under its jurisdiction.

MCC has lessons to learn in Mangalore from Udupi TMC so far looked after by Dr. V.S. Acharya and now by MLA K. Raghupathi Bhat.

Sullia woman killed by lightening on Sunday - 4/9/2012


Sullia : A woman was killed by lightening on April 8 Sunday. Certain regions of DK, especially Sullia, witnessed heavy rain accompanied by lightening and strong wind on Sunday.

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The deceased is Girija (35), the wife of Babu of Kukkunjadka Colony near Chokkady in Sullia who died while grinding something on the evening of Sunday. The lightening struck a tree, flowed through the electrical wiring and hit Girija who died on the spot. Since the rest of the family was away, they survived miraculously.

Heavy rains were reported from Golithottu, Shiradi, Ichalampady, and Bajettur in Puttur as well as in Belthangady and Uppinangady.

Lightening caused interrupted power suppy in Subrahmanya and damage to electrical appliances in several houses. Trees fell on electric poles, leading to power failure in several areas. Traffic was also blocked at several points because of fallen trees.

Certain areas in Chikmagalur and Shimoga also had good rain on Sunday, accompanied by thunder and lightening.

Villagers stall sub-standard road works - 4/8/2012


PADUBIDRI : Residents of Mallaru near here stalled the asphaltation works of the road at Kote in the village on the grounds that the works were sub-standard.

It was after several protests that the government had released Rs 5 lakhs for the repair of this road. But the villagers who noticed that the works were not upto the mark wasted no time in stalling the works. They also demanded that the officials arrived at the spot. Even an appeal to ZP chief Katapady Shanker Poojari got a lame excuse that his driver was away and that he would visit the next day.

The condition of this particular road had been so horrible that travelling on it was a nightmare since long. Even autorickshaws and buses stopped plying on this road much to the worry of the locals who resorted to protest only to get empty assurances from the authorities. Some of the wealthy people even saw to it that the potholes in front of their residences were closed using jelly powder.

Later, political leaders too joined the struggle and finally the ZP released Rs five lakhs for the repair. Now the sub-standard works have only invited the ire of the locals who are determined to see that the asphaltation was upto the mark.

Mudarangady: Easter Vigil - 4/7/2012

william mendonca

In St. Francis Xavier Church, Kenha-Mudarangady, Easter Vigil was observed on the evening hours of Holy Saturday, i.e., 7th April 2012.  At 7.00 p.m., the parish priest, Rev. Louis DSa, blessed the new fire near the alter and the Paschal Candle was lit by that fire.  Then all the parishioners who gathered in the church, lit their candles from the flame of the Paschal Candle.  The paschal candle, represents resurrection of Jesus as the 'return of light onto the world'.

Then five readings, three from the Old Testament and two from New Testament, followed. These readings account salvation history, beginning with Creation. After these readings, Rev. Louis Dsa, parish priest, read out the Gospel and delivered the festive sermon.  This followed blessing of Water.  Before its blessing the parish priest lead the prayers invoking the blessings of all saints.  The church was blessed soon after, and the faithful too, with the newly blessed water.

The solemn high mass continued and everyone participated in the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Communion. At the end, the parish priest thanked all those responsible for the success of the Easter Triduum, including the youth of the parish and Rev. Sisters, who were instrumental in decorating the church to the festive look.

The Easter issue of parish magazine - SALAVAL - was declared open by Rev. Louis Dsa, parish priest, the Vice President and the Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council ably assisting him.  Mr. Santhaan Mathias, who toiled to get the issue printed out on time, was given a hononary copy of the issue at the alter.  Mr. Vincent Dsouza, Joint Commissioner of Transport, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore, was the Guest of Honour for this short-and-sweet programme.

There will be only one mass on Easter Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

The Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, is a service held in Roman Catholic churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day-most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday-but is considered to be the first celebration of Easter Day.  In the Roman Catholic Church, the Easter Vigil is the most important one.
Holy Saturday,  sometimes known as Easter Eve, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb.
Holy Saturday (in Latin, Sabbatum Sanctum), is the 'day of the entombed Christ' It is the Lords day of rest, for on that day Christ's body lay in His tomb. Nightfall on Holy Saturday is time for joy and greatest expectation because of the beautiful liturgy of the Easter Vigil.
Holy Week and especially the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) are so rich with meaning that we must be careful not to lose any of it, and to make our observances fit the solemnity of the celebration.

World Health Day: Kasturba Hospital offers 30% concession for a week - 4/7/2012


Manipal : The Kasturba Hospital will observe World Health Day for a week beginning April 7 with emphasis on preventive health.


In a press release issued here, Chief Operating Officer and Medical Superintendent of the hospital R.R. Pulgaonkar said a 30 per cent concession would be provided for preventive health check-ups at the hospital from April 7 to 14 to all those who wished to avail the facility.

Dr. Pulgaonkar said the hospital was extending this facility in keeping with the theme of the World Health Day this year. The theme is: Good health adds life to years with focus on ageing and health. A number of packages have been listed to be provided for the benefit of the people, he said.

A Health Day Special Assessment Screening Package for senior citizens (60 years and above) will also be available. The hospital will be offering organ specific screening packages for kidney, heart, liver and lungs.

There is a Special Screening Package for people with sleep apnea (snoring) as it can turn very risky for the patient. Complete health check-ups such as basic, executive, and comprehensive will be offered at concessional price during the week.

Eight out of every 10 deaths in India are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes in urban India. In rural India, six out of every 10 deaths are caused by NCDs, the release said.

Mudarangady: Celebration of Good Friday. - 4/6/2012

william mendonca

In Mudarangady, Good Friday was observed with total devotion, fasting and prayers throughout. In St. Francis Xaviers' Church, Kenha-Mudarangady, the liturgy began at 3:00 pm., on 6th April 2012, with the enactment of Modern Way of the Cross, representing all the Stations of the cross, by the youth members of the community, lead by Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest.  This program replaced the usual Way of the Cross. The church was overcrowded.  

The artists were drawn from the young gents and ladies from the parish.  They were trained well for a few days by the able and efficient involvement and guidance by Rev. Louis DSa, duly supported by Mr. Valerian DSouza, Sacristan.  For sure, the enactment was an attraction and all the credit goes to the artists and the persons who had trained them well.

After the enactment, there was a break of five minutes.  Readings from the Holy Book, including the Passion of Christ, and prayers for the well being of all, followed.  Thereafter, there was veneration of the Cross after it was unveiled ceremoniously.  All the faithful then took part in the Lords Supper, Holy Communion.  There was a memorable and attractive sermon by the parish priest emphasizing on Cross: the symbol of triumph. The ceremony ended by 6:00 p.m.

After three hours of nailing down and suffering, Jesus died at 3 o'clock. But before dying he prayed his last wish to God, i.e., to forgive the sinner's who planned the conspiracy against him as they did not know that by killing him what size of sin they have performed.  He also taught us to love our enemies, not to judge others, have trust in God, and not to be anxious about tomorrow.  This is the golden rule of all time.

Good Friday is also called Holy Friday, Black Friday, or Great Friday. Good Friday, despite being associated with the suffering of Christ on the cross, is called 'Good' because Christ sacrificed his life to redeem humanity from its sins.

Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified. A popular devotional ceremony takes place on Good Friday which is popularly known as 'the Way of The Cross'. The ritual is performed by the clergymen along with the crowd following and carrying a large wooden cross-representing the cross on which Jesus was hanged and nailed down to death.  Christ died for our sins once for all to bring us to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross........

Manipura: Salt water is only way for survival - 4/6/2012


Manipura, 06 April 2012: It is extreme summer time now and cry for water everywhere. When the situation is like this, even the Grama Panchayath who has the responsibility to provide the water, has shut down the supply, this has happened in Manipura Grama of Udupi Taluk. Here for about 50 – 60 houses they have shut the water supply. During December itself these people have water shortage and from years they were being supplied with the water through the 15 public water taps for couple of hours every day.



But suddenly now the Grama Panchayath has taken the decision to shut the water supply. The reason is that, the Grama Panchayath has taken up the project of supplying house to house tap water supply. This of course is an good project, but each houses have to pay rupees 10 to 15 thousands cost and monthly for every 9,000 litre they have to pay Rs. 60 to the Grama Panchayath, which is a bit costly to these people.


Also, even after spending this money there is no guarantee that they will have water supply every day. Already some of the houses have been installed the pipeline from Grama Panchayath, but no water is coming, because the water supply well fixed with the pump has no water in it! Here no water coming in the house tap, outside the public water taps have been covered with caps and the only other source is the open well water, which is now salty from the Manipura river water.

Mudarangady: Maundy Thursday celebrated. - 4/6/2012

(Source: Report by William Mendonca –; snaps by Clary Rajan Pinto, Agardande)
Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday was celebrated in St. Francis Xavier Church, Kenha-Mudarangady, on 5th April 2012, i.e. today, with the ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest, led the ceremonial service.

Rev. DSa offered the holy mass in the presence of overwhelming parishioners. After the gospel reading, the ritual of washing the feet was envisaged. Rev. DSa washed the feet of twelve members of the Parish Pastoral Parishad, mainly Gurkars, symbolizing the washing the feet of twelve disciples by Jesus Christ as an act of humility and service, one day before he went to die on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

The Holy Mass concluded with the main alter being cleared off, and with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose, followed by Eucharistic adoration. 

Maundy Thursday is the first day of 'Easter Triduum', marking a crucial day in the unravelling of the Holy Week, leading to Easter Sunday, the end of 'Easter Triduum'.  The Mass of the Lord's Supper initiates the Easter Triduum, the three days of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday that commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. It is normally celebrated in the evening.  After 'Glory be Father....', the church bells and organ were silenced until the 'Glory be Father....' of the Easter Vigil.

The feast of Maundy Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week.

Udupi Municipality faces housing, water and power problems - 4/5/2012


Udupi: Speaking in the city municipality monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nagarashraya chief and local MLA who is supposed to work for allotment of land for landless to build their houses, Raghupathi Bhat observed that there was no land available in Udupi city for anyone and that only multi-storeyed apartment buildings can provide relief to the landless by distributing flats in them.


The administration had received well over 1,000 applications from landless citizens within CMC limits, he told members.

He pointed out that in Kodankooru, identified for construction of high rise flats in buildings, the Nagarashrraya committee could build 240 flats only. Some more projects could follow it. Even if private lands are purchased, houses will cost high, the MLA said.

A lady councilor pointed to the construction of unauthorized complexes in Laxmindra Nagar. A waste Manager presented the case of producing power from solid waste materials, and told that TAPMI would purchase this power.

There was a discussion on wastage of water and a shortage in collection of water bills

Manipal: Send-off to Madhavakrapa students - 4/5/2012


Manipal, 05 April 2012: The send-off ceremony for the 10th standard students of Madhavakrapa High School was held. Manipal University Vice Chancellor Dr. H. S. Ballal arrived as the Chief Guest and inaugurated the program. Speaking on the occasion he said that the situation of the children of our country is not like the children of the foreign countries. The children here receive care and guidance from the parents, so the children must remember this and respect and care for their elders, he said.



Students who scored highest marks in the SSLC examinations of the previous year were honoured on this occasion. On behalf of the teachers Jyothi Santhosh, on behalf of the students Subhash Nayak and on behalf of the parents Dr. Sudhakara G. spoke. Shashikala Rajavarma welcomed the guests and the gathering. Shyamala Prasad proposed vote of thanks. Principal Jessy Andrews, Education Head Dr. Kusum were present. Master Akash compeered the program.

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