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Mangalore: JD(S) Protests against Fishmeal Plant Coming up at Kasba-Bengre - 12/30/2011

Mangalore: The labour wing of JD(S) protested in front of DC office here on Thursday, December 29, against the ongoing work of construction of a fishmeal plant at Kasba-Bengre.

Earlier on Wednesday, December 28, District Congress had held a press meet alleging that a boat construction yard is being built without the consent of the residents of the region, in their playground.

Protesters on Thursday shouted slogans against the district administration and the city corporation for a move which they said would be 'a problem for everyone'.

JD(S) leader Mohammed Rafeeq addressing the protesters highlighted that Kasba-Bengre is a region where labourers live without any basic facilities. "The government is continuing its assault against the lives of the common man. Granting permission for a fishmeal plant reflects their actions," he said.

The plant is being set up on a playground, for which he claimed to have proper records. He noted that the city corporation had listed the ground as Super Star Club ground in its map of the year 1999.

This move to set up a plant would cause damage to the eco-system around it, forcing the residents to move away from the region because of several problems, he said. Not a single developmental work has been done in Kasba-Bengre in the past few years. Now all of a sudden, they have leased the playground to an individual named Nisar for a fishmeal plant, leaving the residents with no choice but to protest against the move, he said.

There has been considerable lobbying done for the construction of a fishmeal plant. Officials are also involved in the scandal, he accused.

Mohammed Rafeeq, a fisherman residing in the region, said that the fishmeal effluents would cause problems to the fishing trade and the water will not be fit for drinking. "If the fishmeal plant is constructed we will be forced to vacate the area, searching for alternative place of residence," he said.

JD(S) leaders and residents of Kasba-Bengre were present at the press meet.

Next Paryaya seer to arrive at Udupi on January 2 - 12/29/2011

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Udupi : The Sode Vadiraj Mutts Vishwavallabha Theertha who will ascend the Sarvajna peeta will reach Udupi after pre paryaya paryatana on January 2 at 4 pm.

Sode Swami doing devara pooja


Under the leadership of Paryaya Welcome Committee President Dr V S Acharya, the seer will be taken out in a procession from Jodukatte. The procession will pass through taluk office-Diana Circle-Koladapete before entering Car Street. After having the darshan of Chandramaulishwara, Anantheshwara and Sri Krishna temples, the seer will enter Sode Vadiraj Mutt. 

The civic reception for the seer will be held under the presidentship of Shiroor Mutt seer. There will be flute recitation by Praveen Godkhindi and others on the occasion.


The horekanike to be offered to the Paryaya mahotsava will be held from December 3 to 16. The devotees will offer horekanike for the Paryaya.

The horekanike procession will be held from Govinda Kalyana Mantapa from Ajjarakadu and will pass through taluk office, Diana Circle, K M Road, Sankrit College.

Cultural programmes

Cultural programmes will be held in front of Pejawar Mutt from January 3 to 17.

The Shiroor seer will be felicitated on January 17 at 8 am. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, District-in-Charge Minister Dr V S Acharya will take part.

There would be fire crackers show at the parking area in Rajangann on January 17 at 10 pm.

From January 18 to 25, there will be cultural programmes by well known artistes at
8.30 pm.

Sarvajna Peeta

Vishwavallabha Theertha will ascend the Sarvajna Peeta on January 18 at 4 am.

A colourful procession with cultural troupes, tableux from Jodukatte to Car Street will be held on the occasion.

After having the darshan of Chandramaulishwara, Anantheshwara, Sri Krishna Mukhyaprana, the seer will ascend the throne.

The Paryaya Mahotsava will conclude with private Darbar.

‘Paryaya Prashasthi’ will be conferred on nine achievers on the occasion.

Tissue culture may give new lease of life for Mallige - 12/28/2011

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Padubidri : Mangalur Mallige and Shankarapura Mallige, two famous varieties of jasmine may get a new lease of life soon as someone somewhere is struggling very hard to produce saplings of both varieties using tissue culture.

Uday Kumar P S is not a scientist but he has been doing a silent work of a scientist in his lab named ‘Plant Sprout’ in Padubidri, a small coastal hamlet in Udupi district.
In his small A/C lab, he looks at the glass bottles with hair styling gel like material, flaunting a green and white mass.

Pointing at the bottle, Uday says that if this experimentation is successful, then he will be giving back a great gift to his district-Udupi, which is famous for varieties of jasmines, which have been under threat in the recent past.

About one and half months ago, Uday planted healthy tissues of both Jasmine varieties in a media prepared by him using various chemical combinations.
He has been waiting for the tissues to survive in the media so that the major threat to Jasmine cultivation could become a thing of past.

Uday Kumar P S is a Diploma holder in electrical engineering from KPT Mangalore and despite not having the academic qualification, through his sheer thirst for knowledge, he learnt the art of making combinations of chemicals to prepare media for tissues, which is the most difficult part of tissue culture where mainly scientists come into picture.

 This he learnt during his work experience of 20 years at Indo-American Hybrid Seeds Private Limited in Bangalore and other places where he toiled from maintenance Department to R&D.

Back home at Padubidri, Uday started a tissue culture lab and over the last one and half years, he had been developing healthy banana plants (G9, Nendra, Vegetable banana, Rasbaale and Kadali varieties) along with ornamental and flowering plants.

I have successfully grown some varieties of plants but I always wanted to find solution to diseases affecting Manglur Mallige and Shankarapura variety. Hence, I brought tissues from healthy mother plants, made media (the gel like substance in which the tissues are left) for both the varieties.

 Over one and half months, both the samples have shown signs of life, says Uday adding that if he is successful in growing the tissues, then the future for both varieties of Jasmines will be bright.

Advantage of plants cultivated using tissue culture is that they are disease-resistant, high-yielding and bear fruits in one go. However, the only disadvantage in case of Jasmine is that the hardened plants (plants ready for planting) of Jasmine will be comparatively costlier because tissue culture of Jasmine requires chemicals available only in the US, which cost about Rs 10,000 per gram.

I have used my own combinations and substitute for the costly chemicals. I have to wait and watch how far I have been successful, says Uday.

However, not forgetting to pay his gratitude to the scientists who trained and nurtured his interest, Uday says that if not for their support, he would have not been able to venture in to an unfamiliar bastion.

Belman: Village Girl Seethalakshmi secures 1st rank in BCom - 12/27/2011


Belman, 27 December 2011: During this critical time for the Kannada medium schools which are getting closed one by one as the parents prefer English Medium school for their children, a girl who studied in a remote village govt. Kannada medium school, without any coaching classes, has secured B Com. 1st Rank in the university ahead of the students who studied in English medium schools! and has added another feather to the fame of Belman and Shirva.



The girl Seethalakshmi is the youngest among the three daughters of popular expert cook Vaidika Shridhara Bhat and Geetha Bhat. Seethalakshmi started her education in the Government Higher Primary School at Hosmaru near Belman, completed her High School and Pre University education in Belman Government P.U. College and continued her education in Commerce at Mulki Sundera Rama Shetty College Shirva and in the degree exams of Mangalore University conducted in May 2011, she has secured first rank.


When asked Seethalakshmi about the rank, she said that she is very happy, expected rank but the 1st rank was unexpected, she said. The college Principal and the Lecturer of Commerce Section said that they had expected the 1st rank. English language is inevitable for the future, but if the early education is done in the mother tongue Kannada itself, more knowledge can be learned and can have control over all other languages. But those who study in English medium cannot speak in Kannada and also cannot know English either, they said.


I liked Commerce subject very much and have the dreams to become a Charted Accountant and also have thoughts of KAS, IAS exams, says Seethalakshmi. The encouragement of the Parents, blessings of the elders and the studies with the interest and concentration has lead to the first rank she said. Let us wish the dreams of Belman’s Seethalakshmi come true and good luck to her emerging talents.


Mangalore varsity degree rank list out - 12/27/2011


Mangalore : Mangalore University has announced the Degree results. The rank list is as follows.


B A: Sam David (First rank), Jyothsna David Jacob Mathew (Second rank), Bijwayi K P (Third rank). All are from Brahmavara Crossland College.

B Com: Seethalakshmi from Mulki Sundararam Shetty College Shirva (First rank), Shilpa Bhandari from Canara College Mangalore (Second rank), Rashmi R Shenoy from Puttur Vivekananda College (Third rank)

B Sc: Meera from Karkala Bhuvanendra College (First rank), Ashwini Bhat from Mulki Vijaya College (Second rank), Shridevi K Hegde from Puttur St Philomena College (Third rank).

BASLP: Anuradha Shastri from Mangalore Father Mullers College (First rank), Hezal Diona Mendonsa (Second rank), B N Jayasena from Mangalore Dr M V Shetty Speech and Hearing College (Third rank)

BBM: Aparna Malya from SDM Business Management College Mangalore (First rank), Nuthan B S from St Annamma Degree College Virajpet (Second rank), Manjunath N Ingalaki from Manjunath Pai Memorial College Karkala (Third rank).

BCA: Krutika from Vijaya College Mulki (First rank), Salitha D Almeda from MGM College Udupi (Second rank), Anjali from Vijaya College Mulki (Third rank).

B Sc- Fashion Design: Justin V Thomas from Gloria College Puttur (First rank), Shyam Ravindran from Shridevi College Mangalore (Second rank), Chilambarasan from Gloria College Puttur (Third rank)

BHM: Rohit Castoline from Moti Mahal College of Management (First rank), Anurag Sharma from Sarosh Institute of Hotel Administration Mangalore (Second rank), Fernandes Dan Charles from Sarosh Institute of Hotel Administration Mangalore (Third rank).  

BHS: Vinodh Vital Prabhakar from Institute of Hotel Tourism and Science College Udupi (First rank), Ashok Kumar Pundit from Moti Mahal College of Hotel Management (Second rank), Mithesh Nayor from Moti Mahal College of Hotel Management (Third rank)

B Sc (Interior Design and Decoration): Chethan Patil from Shridevi College Mangalore (First rank), Thesniya V P from Shridevi College (Second rank), Josline Mary from Sridevi College (Third rank).   

BPEd: John Houthan H H from Physical Teachers’ Education Department, Mangalore University (First rank), Usha K R from Alva’s College Moodbidri (Second rank), Anand Kumar Mopagur from Alva’s College (Third rank).

Social Work (BSW): Athmiya Kadamba from Alva’s College Moodbidri (First rank), Sangeetha Hegde from Alva’s College (Second rank), Akshatha Rai from St Philomena College Puttur (Third rank)

B Sc (FND): Anjusha Ramachandran from Alva’s College Moodbidri (First rank), Ayisha Nada Khaji from Besant Women’s College Mangalore (Second rank), Giran Patiran Helage from Besant Women’s College (Third rank).

Human Resource Development (HRD): Shanthi S from Alva’s College (First rank), Archana N from Alva’s College (Second rank), Shaila D Jain from Alva’s College (Third rank).

LLB (three years): Abhijith V Shet from SDM Law College (First rank), Varsha from SDM Law College (Second rank), Vasudeva Kamath from SDM Law College (Third rank).

BA Law (five years): Gorgy Bose (First rank), Greeshma Rai (Second rank), An Alexander (Third rank). All are from SDM Law College Mangalore.

LLB (five years): Preethika Philinja (First rank), Prakruti Kalyanpur (Second rank), Sanoobar Fatima (Third rank). All students are from SDM Law College.

B.Ed: Dipul K P from Leelavati Shetty College Kavur (First rank), Prameela from T M A Pai College Udupi (Second rank),Mrudula M Hegde from Vivekananda College Puttur (Third Rank).


Moodubelle: NSS Camp of St. Mary’s College, Shirva Inaugurated in St. Lawrence PU College - 12/26/2011


Moodubelle: The seven day long camp of NSS volunteers from St. Marys College, Shirva was inaugurated in St. Lawrence PU College Hall on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 3 pm. Fr. Joswey Fernandes, Correspondent of St. Lawrence Educational Institutions presided over the programme. Devdas Hebbar, President of  Udupi Taluk Panchayat formally  inaugurated the camp by lighting the lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais who included Fr. Lancy Saldanha-Principal of St. Lawrence English Medium High School, Raphael Aranha-Headmaster of Chruch Aided Higher Primary School and winner of Rashtra Prashasthi, Dr. John Clarence Miranda-Principal of St. Marys College, Prof. Ronald Joseph Moras-Chief Camp Officer and NSS leaders- Deepak and Jennifer Alva.


In his introductory and welcome address, Prof. Moras traced the growth of NSS at the national level since its inception in 1969 and explained the aims and objectives of this premier  organisation and its role in shaping the personality and developing a sense of service among the students. 

After formally inaugurating the NSS Camp, Devdas Hebbar as the past students and NSS volunteer of St. Mary’s College recalled his own days  in various camps at local and national level and reminded the students what all advantages that he could obtain from those camps. He further said that if he had achieved some success in social work and political field, it chiefly due to the discipline and the sense of service that he had imbibed in himself as NSS student. He appealed the NSS volunteers to take full advantage of the camp and achieve success in life.


Fr. Lancy Saldanha, Raphael Aranha and Dr. J.C. Miranda speaking at this occasion wished success to the camp.  In his presidential address, Fr. Joswey Fernandes highlighted the need to develop an attitude of live and let others also live peacefully. He said that living in camps help students to understand each other and live in harmony and cooperation.


Ms. Rajashri Nayak, lecturer and NSS Camp officer  proposed the vote of thanks and  Ms. Pramita Rodrigues compeered the programme.


The NSS camp with 52 volunteers will continue up to January1, 2012. Besides the regular routine and social service, the students will have awareness lectures from knowledgeable resource persons. The students will also present cultural programmes in the evening.


Dr. Rajeshwari Koradkal of Aruna Clinic Moodubelle is the medical officer for the NSS Camp.

ZP member takes U-turn on UPCL issue - 12/26/2011


PADUBIDRI: The electorate who elected us to power is more important for us than our party or

its leader. I will not allow the electorate to suffer in any way due to the UPCL Company. This

was what the BJP backed Zilla Panchayat member Geetanjali Suvarna used to thunder on several

earlier occasions. Now the very same member has taken a u-turn. Geetanjali was recently seen

participating in a UPCL programme. She not only inaugurated the programme but also wished

success to the company.

Presently speculations are rife over the possible reasons for the u-turn of the ZP member.

According to one source, no sooner the ZP member plunged into the anti-UPCL agitation, the

UPCL spokesperson had contacted her and had lured her with a contract pertaining to disposal of

UPCL effluents.

Mudarangady: Joy of Christmas everywhere. - 12/25/2011

william mendoncaThe birthday of Jesus Christ, our Lord - Christmas - was celebrated in Mudarangady in a grand manner with devotion and enthusiasm to the satisfaction of everyone.  Christmas is celebrated throughout the world as it symbolizes universal brotherhood, love and peace.
On the Christmas Eve, the stage was set for the celebration.  A huge stage was erected at the church ground to serve the purpose of an alter, with 1,200 chairs to accommodate the huge crowd. The celebration was switched on with the singing of Christmas Carols at 6:30 p.m.  At 7:00 p.m., the festive solemn high mass began with the concelebration of Holy Eucharist with Rev. Abraham DSouza, S.V.D., as the chief celebrant with Rev. Denis DSouza, a retired priest from this locality and Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest.
After the holy mass, variety entertainment program was arranged.  Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest conducted the whole program and gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions, lucky draw and housi-housi.  Earlier, light refreshment – kuswar and malt - was served to all the people.
Various persons came forward as sponsors for the events of the evening and they were instrumental in making the whole celebration a grand success.

St. Francis English Medium School, Mudarangady celebrates Talents Day - 2011. - 12/23/2011

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The school celebrated a three-day Talent Day proceedings from Wednesday, 21st to Friday, 23rd December 2011.  The celebrations started at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 4:00 p.m. each day, with stage function to start with.  On the opening day, Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest and Correspondent of the school, Rev. Henry Fernandes, parish priest of Kalathur parish, Mrs. Janet Barboza, Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Parishad, Mudarangady, Smt. Benedicta Mendonca. Headmistress of the Kannada Medium School, and Sr. Helen Mathias, Headmistress of the English Medium School were seated on the dais.  Festive atmosphere was prevailing throughout these days in the school campus with the active participation by the young students of the school.

The Talents Day celebration was inaugurated by Rev. Louis DSa, parish priest and Correspondent of St. Francis Educational Institutions at 9:30 a.m. on the school premises with a prayer song followed by Welcome speech by Mr. Renaulf Noronha, a student.  Rev. Henry Fernandes, parish priest of Kalathur parish was the chief guest.  Both the priests on the dais spoke on the occasion.

Prizes were distributed to students from LKG to IV Std. who had excelled in Proficiency, Sports, and Games arena.  Ms. Afnan, a student, proposed a vote of thanks.
Fancy dress competitions for students from LKG to IV Std. were then conducted, followed by competitions in science models, clay models, drawing, Rangoli, glass painting and craft.  Other completions included Bharathanatyam, mimicry, solo singing in Janapadageethe, Bhagavathgeethe, in Tulu and Konkani languages for students from LKG to IV Std.  At the end, there were Solo Dance competition for students from LKG to II Std.
Ms. Vijetha Jain was the comparer of the days programme.
In the other two days, competitions  were held for Fancy dress (for students V - X Std.), Solo dance (for students III - X Std.), and group singing (for students I - X Std), besides Yoga.  Other competitions for the day included Instrumental Music, Shastriya Sangeetha, and Yakshagaana. To wind up, there was an English drama - The Merchant of Venice - played by the students of the school.
Prizes were distributed to the students from VIII - X Std., who had excelled in Proficiency, and Sports and Games arena. Talents were shown by the students of I - X Std. in group dance, LKG - IV Std. in story telling, Ghazals, Dharmika Patana (in Sanskrit, Arabic, English, Konkani and Kannada), Quawwali, Solo Singing (Janapadageethe, Bhavageethe both in Tulu and Konkani for students from V - X Std.
Finally, prizes were distributed to students who have displayed their talents undisputedly during all these three days.  ...............................

Jodu Katte-Ambalapady road shut for vehicular traffic - 12/23/2011


Udupi : The Jodu Katte-Brahmagiri-Ambalpady Road will be temporarily closed for vehicular traffic for 18 days from December 22 to January 8 to facilitate widening of the road.

In a press to a release issued on Wednesday Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju said that buses and Mangalore-bound light vehicles from Service and City Bus Stands should use the Diana Circle-Jodu Katte-Kinnimulki-Swagat Gopura-Nayarkere NGO Colony 4th Cross Road and reach National Highway 66.

The Nayarkere NGO Colony 4th Cross Road will be converted into a one-way during this period.

All shuttle and city buses coming from Mangalore, Kaup, Manchakal, Katapady and Udyavar on National Highway 66 should use Kannarpady NGO Colony 3rd Cross Road-Nayarkere Road-Swagat Gopura-Kinnimulky Road to reach Udupi. The Nayarkere NGO Colony 3rd Cross Road will be a one-way during this period.

All city buses coming from Malpe, Santhekatte, and Hoode should use the Karavali-Ambalpady Junction-Kannarpady NGO 3rd Cross Road-Swagat Gopura-Kinnimulki Road to enter Udupi.

All city buses going to Ambalpady should use the Diana Circle-Taluk Office-Kinnimulki-Swagat Gopura-Nayarkere NGO Colony 4th Cross Road-NH 66 and reach Ambalpady, the release added.

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