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Bangalore: Kannada actor Karibasavaiah dead - 2/4/2012


Bangalore: Noted Kannada actor and theatre personality Karibasavaiah breathed his last at a private hospital today after meeting with a road accident a few days ago. He was 53.


Karibasavaiah, who also did many comic roles, met with an accident during the wee hours of January 31 while he was returning home in his car, hospital sources said.


He was later admitted at the hospital and was declared dead around 2.45 pm today after battling for his life, they said.


Karibasavaiah acted in more than 120 films. Some of his memorable films are Kotreshi Kanasu, Janumada Jodi, Yaarige Salute Sambhala, Police Story 2" and Ullasa Utsaha. He had also starred in two yet-to-be-released movies, Sangoli Rayanna and Chitramandira.


Karibasavaiah had made his debut in Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar's Undu Hodha Kondu Hodha.

Spice Jet introduces daily flights between Mangalore and Mumbai - 2/3/2012

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Mangalore : Spice Jet launched the operation of a daily flight between Mumbai and Mangalore on Feb 1 Wednesday.


spice 1Mangalore Airport Director M. R. Vasudeva said that the first flight landed at Mangalore on Wednesday at 11:55 a.m. with 78 passengers and took off to Mumbai at 12:25 p.m. with 100 passengers.

Speaking about the flight schedule, he said that flight will take off daily at Mumbai at 10:25 a.m. and will return to Mumbai at 1:55 p.m. The same flight will take off at 2:35 p.m. and will land at Surat at 3:20 p.m. and it will take off again at 4:05 p.m. to reach Delhi at 5:45 p.m.

The flight will again take off from Delhi at 6:25 a.m. and will land at Surat at 8:05 a.m. It will take off at 8:35 a.m. to reach Mumbai at 9:20 a.m. and will take off from Mumbai to Mangalore at 10:25 a.m.

Since Spice Jet has one daily flight, Jet Airways has two flights, and Air India has one flight, Mangalore Airport will have a total of four flights to Mumbai, he said.

He also said that Kingfisher, which had suspended its services from Mangalore to Mumbai, plans to re-launch them from March 25, 2012. This flight will land at Mangalore at 2:10 p.m. and will take off at 2:20 p.m., he said.

Parish Feast of Shirva Church celebrated with devotion - 2/2/2012

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Shirva : The feast  of St. Mary, Our Lady of Health was celebrated with great devotion on Wednesday 01 February 2012. The feast mass was celebrated in the morning, which was attended by priests from different parishes of Udupi Varado and other places. The church was full of faithful to the capacity to be part of this annual celebration.


The church was elegantly decorated for the occasion of the annual feast with decorative lights. The fresh flowers on the altar were aesthetically arranged giving an aura of elegance and solemnity to the annual feast. The choir excellently trained lifted the spirit of those who attended the annual festive Mass with their melodious singing.



People were burning the candles in honour of Our Lady of Health for the favour received from her. There were number of stalls selling verities of things including eatables. The annual festival fair had everything of different tastes of the young and the old.  Since the space was vast there was enough place for the people to go around and choose the things they need.

Is Pejawar honest in his support to the anti-UPCL fight? - 1/31/2012


Padubidri : The genesis of the agitation against the setting up of thermal power plant in Padubidri dates back to early 90s. In fact, the Udupi Power Corporation Limited has had a long tryst with opposition and resistance. The fiasco surrounding the fast undertaken by Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Math to support the cause of the agitators sums up quite efficiently why the agitation has failed all these years.

Nandikur had been identified as a possible spot for the setting up of an international airport in the 80s. However, the dream of the airport could not take wings because of the lackadaisical approach of certain political heavyweights of the region. Subsequently NTPC made a futile bid to set foot in the region. This was followed by the entry of Cogentrix, a power major from the USA. People’s resistance and ligitation forced them out.

However, the Nagarjun Company, an Andhra-based firm, achieved what others could not. Despite all the opposition it has been able to execute its ambitious plan of setting up a thermal power project. The plant, under the name of UPCL, has commenced functioning although presently it is operating at just 50 per cent of its 1100 mega watt generation capacity.Despite the inconveniences caused to the locals in Padubidri by the UPCL, the company has been able to operationalise its project speaks volumes about the patronage it enjoyed from the government. Although there have been a number of agitations against the power plant, the government had been able to quell the unrest by using police force. The Nandikur Jana Jagruthi Samithi has been spearheading an ideological war against the project. At the same time organisations like Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have tried to infuse new energy to the movement over the last two three years. However, these organistations have been found wanting when it comes to commitment to the cause at hand.

Once the UPCL started its operation, the people started feeling the heat. The water in the wells became salty. The skies were filled with thick smoke and the women engaged in horticulture started to complain about their crops being affected. Naturally, the tell-tale signs of pollution led to the outburst of pent up anger. The people started questioning the integrity of Pejawar Swamiji, who had been periodically issuing warnings to the Government on the adverse impact of the project on environment.

In order to contain the raging acrimony, the district in-charge minister V.S. Acharya adopted the time-tested delaying tactics. He set up a committee to study the impact of the project on water, air and land. There were two experts in the panel, handpicked by Swamiji namely T.V  Ramachandra and Prof. Y.B. Ramakrishna. Deputy commissioner, experts from MIT and NITK were other members of the 7-member panel. The panel also had an expert chosen by Dr. Acharya whose brief was to “protect the interest of the company”.

The panel did not meet even once before the members of the public openly aired their anguish. The first task was to carry out a survey. Although the panel fixed dates several time, it got delayed on flimsy grounds. It appeared as though the government did not want a survey to be carried out at all. However, when public started mounting pressure on the Government, the panel got into overdrive. In a matter of just 45 days, the survey was completed, a public meeting was held and as many as 1036 petitions, both oral and written, were collected.

Just when the panel was about to submit its report, word spread that some part of the report had been leaked to the press. In another couple of days, the report was published in a leading daily. Two experts said to be loyal to Pejawar Swamiji were removed from the panel overnight on the pretext that they had a role in the leaking the report. The seer considered it to be an insult to him and he raised the issue with chief minister D.V. Sadananada Gowda directly.Mr. Gowda, who was preoccupied with issues like Sullia incident and the dissidence activities of B.S. Yeddyurappa camp, could not mollify the seer, who got further agitated when he was asked to resolve the issue by holding talks with Acharya, who had by now emerged as a strong votary of the power project.

Although Acharya, in all other matters, behaved like the de facto shishya of Pejawar, the two have been at loggerheads on the UPCL row. Fully aware of the Acharya’s stand on the issue, the seer declared that he was going on a three-day fast from January 8. The efforts by RSS leaders and Swamiji’s disciples to contact the chief minister did not succeed. The announcement hit the chord with the organisations who were protesting against the project. Esha Vittaladasa Swamiji of Kemaru Sandhipini Math also declared his support. Interestingly, the Subrahmanya Math pontiff Sugunendra Tirtha, who had arrived at the Durga Parameshwari temple to discuss the controversy surrounding the Paryaya also declared his support to the fast.

In the meanwhile, efforts by Dr. Acharya to persuade Swamiji to renege on his fast did not succeed. The minister also tried to convince the seer that the problem can be solved if more land is provided to the UPCL to set up an ash pond and manage the waste in a scientific way. However, the seer did not budge and amidst the stalemate, Pejawar started his fast. The key demand of the seer was that the two sacked members should be reinstated and the full-fledged committee should submit its report in 15 days.

The fast evoked widespread support and a number of social organisations and activists joined the stir. Mr. Acharya, who was frightened by the widespread support, tried to pressurize Pejawar to back out. He continued to hold parleys with the seer, but refused to climb down from the declared position. In the meantime, former Energy Minister and the BJP State President K.S. Eshwarappa tried to mediate between the government and the agitating seer. The BJP leader succeeded in his mission and the three-day fast ended inside 26 hours.

Pejawar, who had become a laughing stock for changing his stance quite frequently on the issue, once again exhibited his double standards. Even before he secured any concrete assurances from the government, he withdrew his fast much to the disappointment of the leaders and workers of anti-UPCL organisations. As per the formula worked out during the compromise talks, the government will set up a task force which will give weekly updates after conducting a survey of the project area. The government will fill the two vacancies in the panel after getting four nominations from the seer. The somersault by the Pejawar seer has left the activists and the citizens of Padubidri baffled.

Mangalore: Eminent Social Worker organizes 'A day with Cheshire Home Inmates' - 1/31/2012


Mangalore:  Jossy Albert Rego (Ex-Kuwait),  an eminent  social worker and a musician sponsored and organized an event called A Day with Cheshire Home Inmates, at Kankanady, Mangalore on Sunday,  January 29, 2012 from 11 am. 


The event started at 11 am by an opening prayer by Mrs. Jacinta Pinto Shirthady. Thirty five inmates of the Cheshire Home and the invited guests enjoyed a good game of Bingo (housie) and the winners where awarded cash prizes by the sponsor Jossy Albert Rego. 


Being a good musician and singer, Jossy Albert Rego and two other musicians, F. M. Lobo and Herman J Pereira played various Hindi, English as well as Konkani songs which entertained everyone who were present there. Splendid food was served which satisfied everyone’s taste buds.


Jossy Albert Rego (Second from left)

Cheshire Homes were started by Lord Cheshire in England, and the cornerstone for the Cheshire  Home at Kankanady, behind Fr. Muller’s Hospital was laid in 1965. Cheshire Homes have been serving people with several disabilities, making them realize the skills they are unaware of and is striving to make them self-sufficient by teaching them card, soap and candle-making, stitching and even basic computer knowledge. 


Various organizations and individual social workers such as Jossy Albert Rego occasionally visit the Cheshire Home and attempt to spread happiness and joy among the inmates by spending some time with them.



Udupi: 'Beach Utsav' concludes in Malpe - 1/30/2012


Udupi: The localities and travellers from in and around Udupi had a gala time during fun filled two day Beach Utsav, which concluded at Malpe beach on Sunday.


The dog show that was held on the occasion enthralled the spectators with varieties of breeds that walked the ramp in style.


From Dachshund to Barnyard, Golden Retriever, Dalmatian, Doberman, Labrador, Great Dane, German shepherd and various other breeds left the onlookers spellbound.


Kite flying was another major attraction at the festival. Varieties of kites representing the tradition and culture of Tulunadu were seen fluttering in the air.


Six to seven sand sculptures including model of Taj Mahal, models like car and other marine species added to the glory of the festival.


Tasty and mouthwatering cuisines added spice to the event. There was a long lengthy queue before food stalls that offered delicacies like “meenu fry, ‘Chicken sukka”, “sigadi chatni”, “chicken kebab”, “marvayee sukka”, “koli rotti” etc. All these dishes were readily made available on the spot and served hot to the visitors.


Other amusements of the day included beach volleyball, throw ball, beach kabbadi, cycle race on the beach, tug-of-war. Painting expo was also part of the two day event.


The cultural programmes that were organised on the occasion comprised of music concert and comedy plays.


Children had many things to enjoy on the shore besides a jovial camel ride.  The parachute ride was another attraction that made visitors experience the air travel in the surge of bluish green sea water.

Mudarangady: Lions Club, Mudarangady organized Bone Densiometry Test camp. - 1/29/2012


Lions Club, Mudarangady, in association with Meditech India, Bijai, Mangalore organized a successful Bone Densiometry Test camp at St. Francis Xavier Church hall, Mudarangady, on Sunday, 29th January 2012 from 9:30 a.m. onwards.  More than 60 people in the age group of 45 years and above benefited from this camp.

At the beginning, a short stage programme was arranged.  Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest, St. Francis Xavier Church, Mudarangady, and the two orthopedic surgeons were seated on the dais.  Ln, MJF. Vasanth Shetty, President, Lions Club, Mudarangady, welcomed the gathering the guests of honour on the dais with a rose each.  Rev. DSa and Dr. Ronald Menezes spoke a few words. Ln.MJF. Shetty proposed a vote of thanks.

The latest machine to find out the bone density was provided by Mr. Pramod Hegde of M/s. Meditech India, Bijai, Mangalore.  Dr. Ronald Menezes and Dr. Jacob Eapen, orthopedic surgeonsn from Fr. Muller's Hospital, Kankanady, Mangalore attended to the requirements of the patients ably supported by Mr. Harish Bhat, Technician.

Ln.MJF. Vasanth Shetty, President and Mr. J.B. DSouza, Secretary of Lions Club, Mudarangady were instrumental in arranging this camp, keeping in view of its importance.  Similar camp was organized by them during September 2011 for the first time. Mr. Sukumar Shetty, past president of Lions Club, Mudarangady was also present.  Dr. Rathnakara Shetty, a local medical practitioner, was also seen with the invited surgeons.

A camp, which catered to the needs of many, came to an end at around 1:00 p.m.


Shirva: Protect Democracy & Grow Patriotism – Jaya Suvarna - 1/29/2012


Shirva, 28 January 2012: Due to lack of patriotism among the citizens, the number of leaders with corruption and bribe is increasing. When the people become alert and grow the patriotism then we can see our country as a great democracy, said Mumbai Billava Mahamandala President and Entrepreneur Jaya C. Suvarna upon hoisting the flag on the 63rd Republic Day celebrations conducted in Padubelle Shri Narayanaguru Group of Education on Thursday


The program was presided over by Management Committee Vice President S.K. Salian Belman. Chief Guests on the occasion were Former Rotary Deputy Governor B. Pundalika Marathe Shirva, Local Committee Vice President Jayashankar and other dignitaries. Administrative officer Jinraj Salian welcomed the guests and the gathering.
Winners of various National Karate competitions Sherol, Carol, Pradyumna, Yogish Patkar and artists Deeksha and Suketh were honoured on the occasion. Student Leaders Radha and Vishwambar compeered the program. Kannada Medium Teacher Usha N. proposed vote of thanks. Students conducted attractive march past.


Headless, Dismembered Body of a Woman Found in Forest near Padubidri - 1/28/2012

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Udupi: A headless, dismembered  body of a woman was found abandoned in a thick bush at a forest area in Mugilakadu which falls within the MNC project area near Padubidri, on Thursday January 26. The entire body was found cut into three pieces packed in plastic bags and disposed off at two different spots.

After a call was received by Padubidri policemen about foul odour emanating from the forest region near the town on Thursday evening, the policemen rushed to the spot and located the origin of the stench. The policemen believe that the body was left here by the murderers of the woman about four to five days back. The torso of the woman, with the abdomen and chest, was found to have been packed in plastic and thrown at a spot in the forest. Her hands were found to have been tied behind her back with the help of her black bra. The womans nails bore red nail polish.

The policemen, who went scouting for other parts of her body, found the lower part of the body packed in plastic bag, some distance away from the above spot. Both her legs were found to have been tied together with the help of her skirt. Head of the body have not been found.

Kaup circle inspector of police, Cheluvaraju, visited the spot and guided investigation. Parts of the body were dispatched for forensic tests. Although sniffer dog was summoned from Udupi, it could not give any leads about the killers. The policemen have begun investigation to identify the woman and then follow the available clues to nail her murderers.

Mangalore:KPCC demands action against Dr. Prabhakar Bhat for his anti minority speech - 1/28/2012


Mangalore:  The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) led by Ivan DSouza, Secretary of the organization demanded strong action against Dr. Prabhakar Bhat for his anti minority remarks  at  Hindu Samajotsava organised at Uppinangady recently. The protest rally was held on Friday, 27 January 2012 at 10.30 am in front of the District Commissioner’s office. 

In its appeal given to  the Governor of Karnataka through the Commissioner of Dakshina  Kannada, received on his behalf by a designated Police Officer, the KPCC maintained  that in spite of registering a case against the derogatory speech against the minorities, Dr. Prabhakar is still free. KPCC demanded his arrest according to law and exemplary punishment so that such incidents are repeated.


The KPCC pointed out that even earlier such incidents have taken place in different places of Dakshina Kannada in an attempt to disturb  the communal harmony. There is an urgent need to put a stop to such malicious attempts by fundamentalists to create an atmosphere of disharmony among different communities. 

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