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Beltangady: II PU Girl Sexually Abused and Murdered near Dharmasthala - 10/10/2012


Beltangady: The pilgrimage centre of Dharmasthala reeled in shock and outrage, when the news of sexual abuse and murder of a 17-year-old girl, a student of SDM PU College spread on Wednesday, Oct 10.

A resident of Pangala near Dharmasthala and daughter of PWD contractor Chandappa Gowda, she had gone to college on Tuesday and had not returned home. After sunset, as there was no information about her, the family members began looking for her. When there was no success, the police were informed around 10-30 pm. The search continued on Wednesday morning, even in the forest areas around. Her body was found around noon in a woody spot close to the main road.


It is suspected that the culprit/s may have caught hold of her in her uniform while returning from college on Tuesday and dragged her to the forest area.  She appeared to have been stripped and sexually abused. Her limbs were found tied to the plants around, using her own churidar veil. There are signs of her having resisted the assault, as slush was seen splashed on her feet and the dry leaves were found strewn around as evidence.

The gold chain and earrings she wore were intact which proves that the motive was sexual assault and not greed for valuables.

Dakshina Kannada SP Abhishek Goyal, Puttur inspector Sudarshan, Beltangady SI Yogish Kumar and the canine squad visited the spot and held investigations.

She is survived by parents, three sisters one of whom is married and a brother.

UPCL accused of increasing pollution - 10/9/2012


Udupi : The Nandikur Janajagriti Samiti on Saturday said ash generation in the thermal plant of the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) at Yellur in Udupi district has tripled to 4,50,000 tonnes a year from the proposed 1,78,000 tonnes and the use of seawater has gone up to 2,40,000 cubic metres a day from 1,48,800 cubic metres.

This was because the plant capacity was increased to 1,200 MW, substandard equipment had been appended, and poor-quality coal was being burnt to generate power, the samiti said.

Samiti executive president Balakrishna Shetty, in a press release, said the UPCL had managed to convince the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and had obtained environmental clearance on September 9, 2009 for its new project, flaunting a Chinese design, with 2x600 MW capacity.

Mr. Shetty said the UPCL had procured the clearance on the grounds that although the coal burnt would increase from 3.2 million tonnes to 3.7 million tonnes a year, the corporation would use superior-quality coal, with only 4.75 per cent ash content, which would bring down the annual ash generation to about 1,78,000 tonnes from 3,84,000 tonnes, generated from the earlier project, which employed BHEL equipment, with 1,015 MW capacity.

The UPCL had said that the Ground Level Concentration of Sulphur Dioxide would decrease and additional land would not be required. The use of seawater was to increase from the approved 6,200 cubic metres per hour to 10,000 cubic metres per hour.

However, in response to subsequent request by UPCL, the MoEF had granted a final “Comprehensive Environmental Clearance" (CEC) on September 1, 2011. There was no provision for the issue of such a clearance in the Environment Protection Act 1986 and its subsequent notifications.

Mr. Shetty said the grant of this CEC had made a mockery of the very system of granting study based Environmental Clearances for projects.

The clearances had been granted by the MoEF without following the procedures laid down in the Environmental Impact Notification issued under the Environment Protection Act.

By issuing the CEC, the MoEF unfortunately had completed the dilution of all the stipulated safeguards, which were insufficient to begin with, solely to protect the economic interests of the proponent without considering the hardship of the impacted people or the fragile ecology of the region.

Ever since 2003-04, and more so after the takeover of the project by Lanco Group in 2006, all the proposals of the project owners were approved by the authorities without considering the impact of such changes on the livelihood and health of the people of the region.

Neither was the ecological impact of utilising large quantities of seawater and increasing ash generation in a plant located in the midst of agricultural land and human habitation comprehended nor was the mandatory public hearing conducted, he said.

Unfortunately, the elected representatives in the area had turned a blind eye to the issue. The samiti had taken up the issue legally and the cases had been transferred to the National Green Tribunal as directed by the Supreme Court, the release added.

Mescom to utilize solar power for its office - 10/8/2012

MT Mangalore. Oct 8, 2012: Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (Mescom) Limited is making plans to establish an environment friendly corporate office in Paradigm Plaza at Attavar Balakrishna Shetty Circle. Mescom's plans include the utilization of solar power to reduce its dependence on grid power.

Solar powerMescoms solar power project, which is the brainchild of its former MD Vijayanarasimha, has reached a stage where estimates are being made. As soon as the project reaches the stage where tenders will be called, the company will come to know exactly how much its project will cost.

The company wants to generate 25KW solar power to meet the requirements of its corporate office. Surplus power generated will be sent back to the grid.

Vijayanarasimha, who is now the MD of Karnataka Vidyuth Karkhane, said that the roof of the corporate office has enough place for solar panels, adding that they made minor adjustments to the structure of the building to make it fit for holding solar panels. He explained that roof tops are usually unfit for holding heavy loads.

Stating that Mescom's architects have made the roof top strong enough to hold solar panels, he said that the company can produce enough power for its office use and send the surplus, if any, back to the grid.

Mudarangady: Annual Feast of Franciscan Third Order celebrated - 10/7/2012

william mendonca The members of Franciscan Third Order, also known as Tersiaries, celebrated the annual feast of their patron, St. Francis Assissi, on Sunday, 7th October 2012 by offering a thanksgiving holy mass at 8:00 a.m. Rev. Richard Quadras, Principal, Trinity Central School, Perampally, Udupi was the chief celebrant of the holy mass with Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest and Rev. Denis DSouza, retired priest from the parish as co-celebrants.

After the mass, all the Tersiaries gathered in the parish hall (old) for festive celebration. All the three priests, Sr. Josephine Rego, Superior of Nirmala Convent, Mr. Joseph DSouza and Smt. Janet Barboza, Vice President and Secretary of Parish Pastoral Parishad respectively, and Smt. Irene Mendonca, President of Franciscan Third Order, Mudarangady unit were seated on the dais.  They were offered a flower bouquet each by the members of the unit. 

Smt. Irene Mendonca, President of the unit welcomed the guests and the gathering. Rev. Richard Quadras, Rev. Louis DSa and Smt. Janet Barboza spoke on the occasion and delivered the festive message.  Smt. Matilda DSilva, Secretary of unit read out the annual report and at the end proposed a vote of thanks.Mr. John Louis DSouza was the compere of this short programme.  Light refreshments were served to everyone before the stage function.

The Franciscan Third Order was founded by St. Francis of Assissi. Third Orders signify in general lay members of religious orders, i.e. men and women who do not necessarily live in community and yet can claim to wear the habit and participate in the good works of some great order. Any Catholic may join a Third Order, but may not at once belong to more than one, nor may he without grave cause leave one for another.

Married or single Catholic women and men from all walks of life are able to join secular orders. Seculars are also called 'tertiaries'. Profession for seculars means they promise to live according to the rules of their orders; it does not consist of taking vows.

The intention of Secular Franciscans is to live honorably in their residences and to busy themselves with pious actions and to flee from the vanities of the world.You also see 'third' used, a term which arose as an indicator of when the lay branch of the main order was established. St. Francis of Assisi organized their setup into the Order of Friars Minor – the first order. After a time, a second order for nuns - the Poor Clares -  was established. Finally, a third order was established for the laity - the Secular Franciscan Order.

Salian accuses Lalaji of failing to upgrade PHCs in Kaup, Padubidri - 10/6/2012


PADUBIDRI: Former minister Vasanth Salian has alleged that the Kaup MLA Lalaji Mendon has failed to fulfill his promise to upgrade the primary health centres in Shirva, Kaup and Padubidri villages.

Speaking to reporters, Salian said the buildings of the government health centers were in dilapidated state and even lacked basic amenities. He said none of the elected representatives including the MLA have tried to solve the problem.

Pointing out at the pathetic state of the mortuary of the Padubidri primary health centre, he said the building also lacked electricity and water supply.

Salian also drew the attention of the authorities towards the condition of the Padubidri ZP Board School which was in a sorry state and alleged that the local ZP members had turned a blind eye to the problem.

Several Congress leaders including Vijaya Amin, MP Moidinabba, and Bhasker Padubidri were present.

Speeding bus kills 3 from same family - 10/5/2012


Udupi, Oct 5, 2012 : Three people belonging to the same family died when they were hit by a speeding bus near Kaup Vidyaniketan School on NH66 on the night of Oct 4 Thursday.

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The deceased are Rafeeq (45) of Hejamady, his wife Nuseeba (35) of Jokatte, and his sister Nabeesa. Rafeeqs sons Ghalib (14) and Nabeesa’s son Fahad (2) survived the accident, but sustained severe injuries.

The five were trying to cross the road when a Durgamba bus, which was trying to overtake two buses in front of them, dashed into them.

The family, which hails from Hejamady, had come to Kaup to visit some relatives. Rafeeq had come back home from Kuwait just a week back.

Furious people rushed to the spot and began protesting. Some of them even threw stones at the buses and damaged them. They calmed down only when Lalaji R. Mendon, Deviprasad Shetty, and M. A. Ghafoor visited the place.

Shivanand Walekar, circle inspector for Kaup, SI Archana, Shirva SI K. R. Nayak, Padubidri SI Mahadev Shetty, and other police officers also visited the place.

The Kaup police have registered a case. 

Mangalore airport goes international - 10/5/2012


Mangalore : The Union cabinet on Thursday accorded international status to Mangalore airport.


Confirming this, Union minister for corporate affairs and power M Veerappa Moily told TOI from Delhi: The proposal to declare Mangalore as international airport was approved at the Union Cabinet meeting. I have talked to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to inaugurate the International Airport and he has agreed. My endeavour is to see that the inauguration happens before the present airport director (MR Vasudeva) retires this month end, Moily said.


Udupi-Chikmagalur MP K Jayaprakash Hegde, who had also carried out communication with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, said he was glad that the international status to the airport was accorded expeditiously. He started communicating with the ministry after his visit to Dubai where expatriates put up the demand. Hegde had received communication from the ministry on September 15 stating that the matter was under consideration of the ministry.



Case filed against former CM D V Sadananda Gowda, 7 others - 10/4/2012


Bangalore:A complaint was filed against former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and seven other government officials, including the Chief Secretary, before the Lokayukta court today for alleged misuse of power to grab property.

Judge N K Sudhindra Rao posted the complaint filed by social activist C R Nagaraj to October 17 for orders.

The complainant submitted that in 1975, government of Mysore had allotted 910 sites in rural areas to those without sites under a government scheme.

In 2003, Bangalore Development Authority issued a preliminary notification to acquire the land for extension of a layout in Bangalore north taluk and a preliminary notification on April 8, 2003.

BDA allotted 10 acres to two educational trusts before the final notification and passed the final one on Sept 9 2003.

In 2006, the site allotees challenged both the order of allotment and preliminary notification in the High Court,which termed it as "illegal" and directed government to give alternate land to the educational trusts.

The trusts and the BDA challenged the order, which was dismissed by the court.
Based on the earlier High Court order, alternate land was granted to a trust at Avveranahalli in Bangalore north taluk.

The trust made a representation to government,requesting that it be alloted the same land, which was rejected. It again moved Court in 2009,which then directed government to consider the matter "in accordance with law".

Nagaraj alleged that the then Special Deputy Commissioner Bangalore Urban district, G S
Naik bypassed all orders and prepared a report on September 28, 2011, recommending grant of land to one of the trusts, which the cabinet okayed on Jun 26, 2012 when Sadananda Gowda was Chief Minister.

Later Deputy Commissioner Bangalore Urban M K Ayyappa filed a complaint before police, directing them to protect the land by building a compound wall.

Nagaraj alleged that all the seven who are public servants and are expected to protect the property of citizens had ’misused’ their power to create a report contrary to the court orders to grab the land.

Udupi: CM Jagadish Shettar inaugurates Renovated Town hall and Bhujanga Park - 10/2/2012


Udupi, 01 Oct 2012: Chief Minister of Karnataka Jagdish Shettar inaugurated the renovated Town hall, built at the cost of Rs 4 crore and also Bhujanga Park at Ajjarkad here on October 1.


In his inaugural speech  Jagdish Shettar said that the people of Udupi town are more creative and excellent in their work and  they get more recognition. Tax collection in this district is done 100 percent.  The general public and the representatives are very much alert, hence the district will get good administration, he said.


Apart from the co-operation from the Government and the willingness of the local administration combined together,  much of progress can be expected.  In the cabinet, decision has been arrived for making available 1,720 crores to the Municipality under the development of the town.


Udupi – Chikmagalur  MP K Jayaprakash Hegde said that Udupi Town Hall is vital in the changing scenario.  Already, Late VS Acharya had realised the relevance of an airport here, but due to certain technical reasons the project is stranded, discussions will continue in this regard and dicision will be taken for having a Airport soon. Othinene in Bydnoor being most suitable, Udupi and North Kanara people will benefit from the project, he said.



Earlier Chief Minister Shettar, unveiled the statue of Karamballi Sanjeev Shetty at Ambagilu junction on his arrival to temple town, following which, he laid the foundation stone to the four-laning of Kalsanka-Tangadangadi stretch at Kalsanka junction. The four-laning process is taken up at the cost of Rs 26.5 crores. Later he inaugurated the hostel built by the Social welfare Department at a cost of Rs. 1 crore and also a hostel built by DIET institution. Foundation stone was also laid for a sophisticated traffic station complex in the premises of the present traffic station which will be built at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Shettar then visited the newly built Vartha Bhavan and Udupi Press Club.


Udupi MLA Raghupathi Bhat presided over the function and delivered the key note address on the occasion. Udupi district Minister-incharge Kota Srinivasa Poojari released a book ‘Pragathi Prathibimba’ the achievements of BJP administration in Udupi CMC, on the occasion. The Chief ministers health insurance policy, cards were distributed symbolically on this occasion.


Udupi zilla panchayath president Katapdi Shanker Poojary, Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, MLC Monappa Bhandary, Deputy commissioner of Udupi distirct Dr. M T Reju, Udupi City Muncipality president Kiran Kumar, Vice president Bharathi Chandrashekar, former CMC president Dinakar Shetty Herga, Udupi Taluk Panchayath president Devadas Hebbar, Ajjarkad Yaspal Suvarna, Standing committee president of CMC Prabhakar Poojary, Opposition leader of the CMC Jayananda, Western Range IGP Prathap Reddy and Udupi SP Dr Borelingaih were also present.


Mangalore: Specially Abled 'Saanidhya' Students To Perform at 'Tuluvera Parba' in Dubai - 10/2/2012

ML/AM Mangalore: Eight students of Saanidhya Residential School and Training Centre for the specially abled are making their trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to perform in the Tuluvera Parba on October 5.

I met all the students of Saanidhya who were all set to go to Dubai to perform Tulunada Samskriti. Speaking to me, Venissa Pais, one of the student said that she is very eager to perform in Dubai, where she will perform in Tulunada Siri. Other students namely, Sharadi  will sing Tulu gana , Ashitha will sing Tanana Tana song, Mohammed Ishfaq and Nitesh Kumar will act has Koti Chennaya. Anup Baliga will be the Agoli Manjanna and Ashirvad Shetty will carry the God on his shoulder.  Siddaramappa Vinayaka Kambli will perform as Mahisasura. 

The Nama Tuluveru UAE, a charitable organization is holding this annual programme 'Tuluvere Parba 2012', on October 5 at The Football Grounds of the Indian High School, Behind Shiek Rashid Auditorium, Oud Metha Road, Dubai.

Speaking to Vasant Kumar Shetty said that the expenses of the 5 days stay will be borne by the organization. 11 members from Saanidhya will be flying on 3 October to Dubai. Care takers Vidhya and Subha will also fly to Dubai along with 8 students. wished all the students a safe journey and pleasant trip abroad.

The president of Saanidhya Mahabala Marla said that the students of this center are no different than normal children, they are able to accomplish most of the tasks that they have taught them. A range of products and artifacts made by the students of Saanidhya include paintings, posters, flowers, pots and vases with paintings on them, fluorescent candles, jute bags, greeting cards, jewelry items, and various other artifacts were the testimony of the skills and talents of the students of Saanidhya.

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