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Protest in support of Haladi Srinivas Shetty for Ministership - 7/13/2012


Kundapura : Soon after the swearing-in ceremony of new chief minister Jagadish Shettar , the supporters of kundapura MLA Haladi Srinivas shetty started protesting for neglecting their leader in cabinet formation. A bandh has been called on Friday July 13 as a mark of protest. 11 members of the town Municipality council have resigned to show their  protest in support of Haladi Srinivas Shetty.

Mangalore: Lawyers boycott courts against the Higher Education and Research Bill 2011 - 7/12/2012


Mangalore, 12 July 2012: Nearly 17 lakh lawyers across India started their agitation boycotting the courts for two-days from Wednesday to protest the move by Union Ministry for Human Resources Development to bring in six new bills which they felt would override their rights. The bills, passed in Rajya Sabha include the Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011, and the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions.


In Mangalore, the agitation was launched on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11 by taking out a rally to the  office of the District Collector. Senior Advocate, G.K. Parameshwar Jois addressing the agitating lawyers before the commencement of the rally  said that the Higher Education and Research Bill proposed the setting up of a National Commission, which will take away the rights of the Bar Council of India and State Bar Councils.



Addressing the advocates, Mangalore Bar Association president S P Changappa said that at present, the National Bar Council and the State Bar Council play an important role in guiding the activities of the lawyers across India and this right would be passed on to a few academicians in the commission if it come into force.


Underscoring the need for the agitation by the lawyers, Chengappa told that the other proposed bill including the Foreign Educational Institution Regulation of Entry and Operation Bill, 2010, The Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Higher Educational Institution Bill, 2010, the National Law Schools Bill, 2011 and Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2012,  all have elements that will curtail rights of lawyers. Stating that the legal fraternity is governed by the Advocates Act, 1961, he said the bar councils had played a pivotal role in ensuring and upholding the quality of legal education. "If the proposed commission comes up, it will virtually render the bar councils meaningless, he added.


As part of the protest an effigy of Kapil Sibal, Union Human Resource Development Minister, was burnt. A memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India appealing to drop the the proposed legislation was handed over to the District Collector.

Mudaragady: New Gurkars to Wards elected. - 7/10/2012

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The parish of St. Francis Xavier, Mudarangady, welcomed four new Gurkars to the wards - St. Lawrence Ward, St. Peter Ward, Sacred Heart of Jesus Ward and St. Francis Xaier Ward.  On the expiry of the tenure of the present Gurkars and/or resignation on health grounds, vacant positions in four wards were filled by way of elections recently.  Rev. Louis D’Sa, parish priest, supervised and conducted the election proceedings in each ward.  The following are the new Gurkars elected:
1. Smt. Jacintha Francis DSouza, to St. Lawrence Ward (Kenha Bailu), in place of Mr. Joseph DSouza, who served the ward for fifteen long years in two terms.
2. Smt. Theresa Ignatius DSouza, to St. Peter Ward (Dalanthre), in place of Mrs. Alice DSa, who served the ward for one year and pleaded her inability to continue due to health grounds.
3. Smt. Shobha Vinay Kumar Fernandes, to Sacred Heart of Jesus Ward (Bontolgi), in place of Mr. J.B. DSouza, who served the ward for thirteen years continuously and completed his term(s), besides serving as Secretary and Vice President of the Parish Pastoral Parishad for full term(s).
4. Smt. Ida Raphael Mathias, to St. Francis Xavier Ward (Thachila), in place of Mr. Gilbert Mathias, who served the ward for thirteen years continuously and completed his term(s).
Their election is to be approved the Bishop of Mangalore Diocese and they will be on probation for one year thereafter.
SFX Kutam joins hands with the members of each ward in congratulating these new leaders, expecting alround developments under their leadership in their wards.


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Shalegagi navu-neevu, in Belman School - 7/9/2012


Belman: Shalegagi navu neevu program was conducted in Belman St. Joseph Primary School. In this face to face program between the students and the Parents / Guardians, old student of the school and also Psychologist Avin D’Souza discussed on the mentality of the children and their weaknesses. He also spoke on the comparison between the students, differences in their abilities and their psychological issues.



On the dias Belman Grama Panchayath Member Prabhakar Shetty, Member Geetha Prabhu, and School Headmistress Sr. Monica were present. Vincent Pinto compeered the program. Juliana Moras proposed vote of thanks.


Sea erosion intensifies in various places of Udupi district - 7/8/2012


Udupi: Several places across the shoreline in Udupi district are facing problems due to acute sea erosion. The problem is grave  at Muloor near Kaup in Udupi District, near  Udyavara Padukere ; Kodi and Maravanthe of Kundapur taluk.

Sea erosion

In Kaup, the sea has advanced by 25 metres and several coconut trees have been uprooted.

At Padukere a road is in danger. Residents in the vicinity are spending sleepless nights not knowing when the mighty tidal waves would wash away their houses along with the huge boulders dumped on the sea shore since the past several years  to avert sea erosion.

This year there is also a technical hurdle in getting funds for sea erosion prevention works, says former MLA Vasanth Salian.

It seems the bills of the temporary works undertaken last year has not yet been cleared by the government and that fresh funds could not be released until pending bills are settled.

Politicians as is their usual habit enjoy visiting the sea erosion affected areas as they get due publicity in the process. But what about the plight of the common man ?

Teachers urged to strive for 'Shalegagi Naavu-Neevu' success - 7/7/2012


Padubidri :  Shaalegagi Naavu Neevu campaign was right moment for the teachers who draw their salaries in the name of education to introspect. “Unless the teachers willfully contribute to the education, any campaign will turn futile, said Chief Executive Officer of Udupi Zilla Panchayath Prabhakar Sharma.


He was speaking after inaugurating Shaalegagi Naavu Neevu programme at Government Higher Primary School, Padubidri, here on Thursday.

As part of the Shaalegagi Naavu Neevu programme students of Government Higher Primary School, Padubidri, took out a jaatha in the Padubibri town.

ZP President Katapady Shankar Poojary called upon the Head Teachers to take the responsibility of protecting the school land and property with the support of the community. The ZP has released Rs 12 lakh for constructing compound walls to 8 government schools in the district. Rs 2.5 lakh each has also been release for the development of another seven schools, he said adding the ZP has prepared an action plan for spending Rs 22 crores on education during the current financial year.

Padubidri grama panchayath President Vijayalaxmi presided over the function. ZP member Geethanjali Suvarna, DDPI Nagendra Madhyastha, Head Mistress Sarojini and others were present.

Belman: Huge tree pieces removed from street - 7/4/2012


Belman: In the processes of widening of Padubidri – Karkala Road, the huge trees of three to four hundred years old have been cut down and were lying on either side of the roads. The trees were then cut into pieces and left as they are. As these huge tree pieces were covering part of the street and blocking the pedestrian access, it was causing inconvenience to the pedestrians and the school students.



Seeing this problem caused by the tree pieces which were in front of Belman St. Joseph Primary and High School, Karkala Taluk Panchayath Member Xavier D’Mello took initiative and organized to move these dumped tree pieces aside using JCB machine and cleared the access. A relief now to the pedestrians and school students, as they can walk through without hindrance.

New Presbytery inaugurated at Shirva Parish - 7/4/2012


Shirva : The newly built presbytery of Our Lady of Health Church, Shirva was inaugurated on 30th June, 2012 by V. Rev. Fr Baptist Menezes, the Episcopal Vicar of Udupi region of the Diocese of Mangalore. The Assistant priests Fr Gratian and Fr Naveen lead the prayer. Rt. Rev. Gerald Lobo, the Bishop of Shimoga blessed the house.

The thanksgiving mass was presided over by Bishop Gerald and over 25 priests concelebrated. Rev. Fr Fredrick Monteiro gave an inspiring homily. After the mass, there was a short felicitation programme. The bishop, The Episcopal Vicar, V. Rev. Fr Stany Tauro the Parish Priest, Mr Irwin DSouza the Vice-President, Mr Melwyn Aranha the Secretary were on the dais. Mr Irwin welcomed everyone followed by the introductory words of Fr Stany Tauro.

The Founder of the presbytery, Mr Lawrence DSouza, Ceasers Group, Kuwait was honoured. The benefactors and well wishers of the presbytery were honoured by the Bishop. In his Speech, the Bishop appreciated the efforts of the Parish Priest and the parishioners. Both the Bishop and the Parish Priest were honoured. Mr Melwyn Aranha thanked everyone.

Mr Norbert Machado compeered the programme. After the programme, there was a sumptuous meal for everyone. Everyone appreciated the programme. Added to that there was no rain throughout the programme. 

Two girls, two boys meet watery grave in Kundapur - 7/3/2012


Kundapur : A girl and three children of a same family lost their lives after accidentally drowned in a deep water tank at Hattiyangady village near here.



The deceased have been identified as Nayana (22), Naveen (14), Pavan (11) –all three children of Padmanabha, and their relative Pavithra (16), daughter of Manjunatha.




The incident occurred at around 4:30 pm on Sunday when they were either fishing or swimming in the tank, local sources said.




All these four members had disappeared after they left home together at around 4:00 pm. When the family members enquired localites they informed them that two girls and two young boys were walking towards the tank.




The family members immediately rushed to the tank at around 7:30 pm and to their horror they noticed the dead body of Nayana.Later forefathers retrieved remaining three bodies from the water.




Three among the deceased were students. Naveen was a Class VIII student while Pavan was a student of Class V at a government school in Thallur. Pavithra was a first PU student of Bhandarkar College in Kundapur. Nayana had completed SSLC a few years ago.

Belman Bus Stand needs urgent attention - 7/1/2012


Belman,  01 July 2012:  Belman is one of the prime centers of Karkala district and is getting crowded in the recent days as it is the junction for all the bus routes of Katpadi – Shirva - Belman and Padubidri – Karkala and also Katill - Bajpe – Mangalore. Due to widening of roads, the tall trees which were existing for more than hundred years have been felled and are lying on the ground.  The roads have practically become ponds and a great hindrance for traffic and public as if walking on a tight rope.


Due to heavy rush of vehicles from all directions, bus stop has narrowed considerably.  The smell in bus stand toilets is unbearable and unusable and hence the public using the nearby trees to urinate is a very common site. In the rainy season the urine is mixed with rain water and flows directly towards the bus stand and the complete area has become an open drainage.



The mosquitos and flies are breeding on garbage heaps abundantly and has become a Malaria producing factory.  The suggestion by an elderly person to conduct a month long Malaria camp at the bus stand is very significant. Bus Stand has practically become parking for two wheelers. For those working in distance places like, Mangalore, Karkal, Mulky, Bajpe, park their two wheelers in front of the shops and leaving for jobs and returning only in the evening has become a big head-ache for the shoppers, businessmen as well as customers as it a big hindrance to conduct smooth business.  It also leaves hardly any area for the busses to stop or move freely.  The public are demanding urgent action by the Gram Panchayat to fix this problem as soon as possible.


On creating of a separate Parking area for two wheelers Mr. Shanker Kundar (Senior member of Gram Panchayat) has clarified that Gram Panchayat is taking action to avoid two wheeler parking on Monday as Monday Market being held on this day.  The gram Panchayat has decided to put up a public notice not to park two wheelers on this day at least for the time being.  The bus-stand toilet has water supply, a worker has been assigned to maintain the toilets and as all other bus-stop toilets, the public should pay Rs. 1 tax and should maintain the toilets he requested.  However, the sick and old will not be charged for this service he clarified.  He also requested public that if there are any problems and complaints should be brought to the notice of Gram Panchayat immediately.

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