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R. Ashok visits Udupi: New bus-stand and RTO planned - 2/17/2012


Udupi: A regional transport office in Udupi, with a well equipped bus-stand in Dr. V.S. Acharya’s name, are two possibilities that could happen in Udupi town, and a dream being realised of the departed great soul, as promised by R. Ashok, Transport and Home minister of Karnataka, during his talk on Thursday, February 16, 2012  with media persons.


He visited the Udupi district office complex at Rajathadri, in Manipal Land’s End, and regional transport office.

He reached here on the night of February 15, and visited Dr. Acharya’s home to console the bereaved family.

Minister Ashok hailed colleague Dr. Acharya’s efforts to bring a new identity to BJP, when all was lost. He was the first BJP chairman of a Town Council in whole of South India, and served BJP in many ways single-mindedly, for 4 decades, without breaks.

He was a gentleman among quarrelling /fighting politicians of the day. He knew BJP’s concepts in and out.

R. Ashok said he had introduced Volvo buses in the state between various destination/ starting points. He hoped more such buses between Udupi and Kasaragod to run shortly.

On St. Mary’s merry show, he ruled that use of drugs had not been allowed for anyone there. The Government had nodded to a tourist festival, nothing else.



Further clarification would come on Friday at the airport conference hall, he added. KSRTC buses were on international standards, he revealed, with an image change. He would change the police system also by modernisation. Ashok was accompanied by Udupi MLA, DC and SP on his visits.

Manipal: The Management Conclave - 2012 - 2/16/2012


Manipal : Manipal Institute of Management ,Manipal organized a Management Conclave 2012, on the 15th of February, 2012. The Chief Guest of the function was Mr Prasad Raj Kanchan, President, Udupi Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, Guest Of Honor Mr. Muki Raghunathan, Founder and CEO, PepperSquare, Bangalore and Mrs. Renu Jayaram, Founder President, POWER, Udupi. The conference started with a tribute and homage to Late Dr. V S Acharya, Minister – Higher Education, Govt of  Karnataka.


Prof. P. Ramakrishna Chadaga the Director of MIM welcomed the dignitaries, followed by address made by Mr Muki Raghunathan, Ms Renu Jayaram and Mr Prasad Raj Kanchan. Five key sessions were the part of the conclave. The  first key session was delivered by the Prof. T. R Shastri, Dean, ICICI Manipal Academy Bangalore. He spoke on the topic ‘International Banking - Issues and challenges. He also spoke about the challenges which the International Banking Sector is facing in the present era of globalization. He discussed about it’s impact on Indian Economy. Later he talked about the career prospects for Management students in Banking sector.



The second key  session was taken by Mr.N V Durshan, Assistant General Manager and Principal, Syndicate Institute of bank Management Manipal. He addressed on the topic, Risk Management as a Cutting Edge Tool For Indian Banking Industry. The main idea of the session was to give the students an overview as to how the students can use the risk factorsto gain maximum profit through their management skills.


The third session was taken by Mr. Arun Prabhu, CEO, Intouch Analytics, Bangalore. He discussed the topic Acquiring and Retaining Corporate Clients. The session covered the Challenges and issues faced by anEntrepreneur in retaining Corporate clients and the ways to overcome those challenges.


The fourth session  was addressed by Mr. Muki Raghunathan, CEO - Peppersquare who talked about Lessons from Failure – Experience Sharing. The discussion was based on the idea to give the students an insight as to how they can take failures as a stepping stone for success.


The fifth session was taken over by Prof. P Ramakrishna Chadaga who spoke on the importance and relevance of team building and need to work in team was emphasized. He also explained how an individual can work in a team and deliver better result. The session ended with a Vote of Thanks.

Udupi: Higher Education Minister Dr. V.S. Acharya laid to rest with full state honours - 2/15/2012


Udupi, 15 February 2012: Dr. V.S. Acharya who passed away on Tuesday afternoon was laid to rest with full state honours in the presence of the political leaders and thousands of grieving people in Udupi. After conducting the religious ceremonies at home for about one hour in the night at 11.30 pm the body of Dr. Acharya was brought in a procession to the Beedinagudde Hindu Rudra Bhumi and at 12.00 mid night he was laid to rest with full state honours.


Elder son of Dr. Raviraj and second son Dr. Kiran together conducted the religious ceremonies and lit the flames at 12.15 am. At this time Advani, Chief Minister Sadananda gowda, all ministers, Children and all family members were present. Today (Wednesday) morning at 9.00 am government and public Shradhanjali meeting for Dr. Acharay will be held at Ammanni Ramana Sabha Bhavana. Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and the Ministers will participate in this Shradhanjali.
Earlier, speaking to the reporters after paying his last respect Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that, if he would have lived for some more time with us, all the issues in the government could have been resolved. Everytime when BJP gets into problems his suggestions and guidance were providing the solutions. He was my Guru in the political field., after my college he was the one who got me into the political field, there is nobody else like him who got the all eight Vidhana Sabha position in undivided D.K. district, he said.
The body of Dr. Acharya was brought to Mangalore by special flight. The ambulance carrying the body from Mangalore Airport had reached Manipal around 8:15 pm. The mortal remains were taken to Dr Acharya’s residence where his wife Shantha V Acharya, family members and relatives paid their last respect to their beloved. The body was then brought to Udupi and kept in Deputy Commissioner’s Office for public viewing to pay the last respects until 9.30 pm. Senior BJP leader and Former Prime Minister L.K. Advani and the local leaders of all the political parties were present.



 Udupi: Know Dr. Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya (Bio Data)

Udupi, 14 February 2012: Know Dr.Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya, the Higher Education Minister and veteran BJP leader Dr. V.S. Acharya passed away on Tuesday, here below is his Bio Data.


Dr. Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya

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1939: Born in Udupi


Parents: Vidwan Vedantha Shiromani Katte Srinivasa Acharya & Smt Krishnaveni Amma


1959: medical education at KMC Manipal: Best alumnus award (twice)


1968: Youngest Municipal President of Udupi (28 years) Swarna Water Supply System, Municipality got a administrative building. Roads were widened and edge to edge tarmac was laid. Town Planning Authority for planned development. Underground drainage system was sanctioned and started. First in the country to abolish manual carrying of night soil. Elected twice for the local body,Municipal President for 8 years.


1974 -1977: District president of Bharathiya Jana Sangh.


1977-1980: District president Janatha Party in for a period of ten years.


1980 –1983: District president BJP.


1984: State vice president, BJPMember of the National Executive Committee of the Party (a supreme policy making body of the party) for about twenty years.


1975 – 1977: During the emergency period he was imprisoned under ‘MISA’ for 19 months, for fighting for social justice.


1983: Elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Udupi Constituency. Leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Karnataka District Reorganisation Committee. Swarna II stage project. Creation of Directorate for Municipal Administration Appellate Authority for land reforms judgements by tribunals. Abolition of land fragmentation act. Tax concession for diesel used by fishermen. Simplification of taxes and land conversion. Special grant of Rs 10 Lakhs towards Paryayam, Udupi. Commencement of 5 high schools and 3 primary schools, construction of 4 major bridges were due to his efforts.


1996: Elected to the legislative council of Karnataka.


2002: Re elected to the legislative council of Karnataka. Formation of Udupi District. He is the spokesperson for the party on budgetary finance and planning, Electricity and Municipal Administration. He was the Chairman of Legislature Committee on Health & Family Welfare.


2006: Minister for Medical Education & Animal husbandry. Setting up of 6 new Govt. medical colleges in a single academic year. Hassle free CET, more seats, affordable fees. Faculty recruitment drive with salary revision. Revamping the structure of animal husbandry dept, during brief tenure.


2007: Sworn in as Minister on 12th November 2007.


2008: President, Manifesto Committee, BJP; Sworn in as the Home Minister, Government of Karnataka on 30th May 2008. Revamped recruitment process, speeding up the long pending issues of leave policy, salary/allowance revision, implementation of Police Housing, Opening up of New Police stations/new buildings for existing police stations, Modernization of Fire & Emergency services department, New fire stations all over Karnataka.


2010: Additional charges of Muzrai Dept, Medical Education.


2010 (September): Minister for Higher Education, Statistics, Planning.


2010 (November): Additional charge of Muzrai Dept.


2010 (December) to 2011 (August) : Additional charge of Information Technology & BioTechnology.


2011 (8th August 2011): Minister for Higher Education, Statistics, Planning, Muzrai Dept, Information Technology & BioTechnology.


Personal information:

Wife: Smt Shantha V. Acharya, BSc, Housewife, Social worker, Activist, Ex Municipal Councillor, Currently The State Commissioner, Guides.


Children: (all of them studied upto class 10th in Kannada Medium Schools).


 Dr Raviraj V Acharya: MBBS, MD (Medicine), DNB, Professor & Head of Unit VIII, Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal University (Married to Dr Shashirashmi Acharya, MDS, Professor, Operative Dentistry, CODS, Manipal University).


Dr Kiran K V Acharya: MBBS, MS (Orthopaedics), Associate Professor, Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Unit, Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, Manipal University (Married to Vidushi Prathima Kiran, Director, Kalanidhi, Udupi).


Mr Ganesha Prasad: BE., Software Engineer, USA.


Mr Rajesh Prasad: BE., Software Engineer, USA (Wife: Madhu)


Mrs Bharathi M Hebbar, USA (Husband: Mohan Hebbar)

Hiriyadka: Congress conducts protest on rave party and the tainted ministers - 2/15/2012


Hiriyadka, 15 February 2012: Opposing the permission given by the administration for the rave party in St. Marys island near Malpe and the 3 Ministers who watched pornographic clips in the Sadana, the Kaup Block, Youth and Women Congress conducted protest at the Bus Station on Monday. Addressing the protesters Former Minister Vasantha V. Saliyan said that, the ministers who watched the pornographic clips have only resigned, but they have to resign their position as MLA.



If the Speaker is suspending the Independent MLA’s, then why not these MLA’s. Vidhana Saoudha is a holy place where the discussions on the issues of people should take place and there is no room for any other activities there. But these ministers have used mobile and that too the blue films which is punishable crime and they are not fit for being MLA’s he said.
Pradesha congress Samiti President M.A. Gafoor, State Youth Congress President Amrat Shenoy, Kaup Congress North Zone Unit President Sudhir Hegde, alevoor Grama Panchayath President Harish Kini, Former Taluk Panchayath Member Ramesh Kanchan, Abdul Aziz, Kodibettu Grama Panchayath President Laxminarayana Prabhu, Mithu Shetty and others were present in the protest.  






Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr. V S Acharya dies of heart attack - 2/14/2012


Mangalore: Karnataka's Higher Education Minister Dr. VS Acharya passed away in a private hospital in Bangalore today. He was 71.

He had left Mangalore this morning by flight and headed straight to a function at the Govt. Arts and Science College, Nrupatunga Road, Bangalore where he suddenly collapsed on stage following  a massive heart attack. He was taken to the Mallige hospital where he breathed his last.


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Dr Acharya’s death was announced by Chief Minister V. Sadananda Gowda to reporters in Vidhan Soudha, the State Secretariat. “Dr. V. S. Acharya is no more with us”, Mr. Gowda told reporters minutes after the Minister’s death around

He had been keeping indifferent health for the last few months, prompting media speculation that he would be stepping down.

Dr. Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya (V S Acharya) started his political career in the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh (predecessor of Bharatiya Janata Party). He was elected as a municipal councillor, then as president in Udupi municipal council in 1968.  This was the first ever win of elected body in South India by the Jan Sangh. Udupi municipal council is the local governing body of Udupi town in coastal Karnataka. The BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has recently told that the Jan Sangh victory in 1968 of Udupi municipal council laid foundation for BJP rule in south India, particularly the state of Karnataka in 2008, forty years later.


He had been jailed for 19 months during the 1975-77 internal emergency imposed by then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

V S Acharya has been a member of legislative council (M.L.C) of Karnataka state since 2002. Acharya served as Home Minister in the previous term. Known for his clean image, Acharya had served as minister of medical education and animal husbandry in the BJP-JDS coalition government also.

Schools and colleges will remain closed in Bangalore on Tuesday, and in Udupi on Wednesday February 15.


Acharya’s mortal remains have been shifted to his official residence on the Racecourse road, where it will remain till 3.30 pm. He will be flown to his home town Udupi later. The body will kept for public viewing 5 pm to 8 pm at DC’s office in Manipal. The final rites will be held at Bedangude Grounds in Udupi, his hometown.

He is a native of Udupi and a physician by profession. His father was Katte Vyasa Acharya, a Sanskrit scholar.
He is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.


Down the memory lane

(Photographs published in his blog)

Student of Kadiyali School

Municipal Council 1968

Akki Gate Satyagraha

Felicitation by Padmashri Dr TMA Pai


Drought Relief Fund


VSA with National Leaders

with Shri Jayaprakash Narayan


Felicitation to Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee at Udupi


1969: PM Mrs Indira Gandhi, being welcomed to Udupi, by Dr V S Acharya, President, Udupi Municipality

with Shri Morarji Desai, Janatha Party President

with Shri Ashok Singhal, President Vishwa Hindu Parishath

Kaup block, youth and women congress has been jointly staged against rave party and pornography issue at Hiriyadka Bus stop - 2/14/2012


Udupi : Kaup block, youth and women congress has been staged here on today against rave party and pornography issue of assembly by three MLA s Laxman savadi, Patil and Port and environment minister Krishna J Palemar. The congress party leaders and members were staged at Hiriyadka Bus stop.







Pornography issue involved MLA s only resigned to their post and permanently they should leave their post, there was no limit in the position and problems of the state people after coming effect of BJP government. No one can listen and solve the problems of the people listeners were busy in watching pornography in middle of assembly said Vasanth V Salian ex MLA during the protest.










District secretary of block congress Udupi M A Gafoor, Amruth Shenoy, Kaup congress branch president sudheer Hegde, Alevoor Grama Panchayath president Harish Kini, Taluk panchayath member Ramesh kanchan,Abdul Ajeej, Laxminarayana prabhu,mithun and others were present during protest.
Pornography issue involved MLA s only resigned to their post and permanently they should leave their post, there was no limit in the position and problems of the state people after coming effect of BJP government. No one can listen and solve the problems of the people listeners were busy in watching pornography in middle of assembly said Vasanth V Salian ex MLA during the protest.










District secretary of block congress Udupi M A Gafoor, Amruth Shenoy, Kaup congress branch president sudheer Hegde, Alevoor Grama Panchayath president Harish Kini, Taluk panchayath member Ramesh kanchan,Abdul Ajeej, Laxminarayana prabhu,mithun and others were present during protest.

Police arrest 3 women for alleged illegal activities - 2/13/2012


Mangalore: Three women have been arrested for allegedly involving in illegal activities in a spa on Feb 13 Monday.

The police who raided the spa acted on a tip off. The spa is located in Emporium Complex, Kankanady and was functioning as a unisex beauty parlor and spa.







The names of the arrested have been kept secret and the Kadri Police are currently investigating the case.

Dist admn clears toxic fly ash dumped on NH - 2/13/2012


PADUBIDRI: The district administration has finally risen to the occasion and has begun

clearing the fly ash dumped on the NH in the Tenka Ermal gram panchayat limits, as a filling

agent. This act of the administration is considered a first victory for the people fighting against

the UPCL project.

It may be recalled here that the villages had staged a series of protests ever since the Navayug

constructions had begun dumping the UPCL fly ash on the road, reportedly after entering into a

secret understanding with the UPCL which too was in search of some means to dispose the fly


The DC too in response to the agitation had said though it was impossible to clear the fly ash

already dumped on the road, the company would be prevented from bringing in more fly ash.

However, gathering hint of the plans of the villagers and various other organizations to stage

a protest outside the DC office itself, the district administration took steps to clear the fly ash

dumped on the road.

Mangalore: Huge protest rally against the communal forces in the Twin Districts of DK and Udupi - 2/11/2012


Mangalore: The Human Rights Federation of the twin districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada  organised a massive rally against the communal politics in the Karnataka State on Friday, February 10, 2012. The rally started from Ambedkar (Jyoti) Circle at 3 pm. The rally was inaugurated by Jason D’Costa, one of the victims of the attack on minorities at Suratkal  by beating the drum. The rally ended at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office  after covering 12 kilometers. Many minority organizations and general public participated in the rally in great numbers.

The rally was led by Justice MF Saldanha and many other leaders of various minority organizations. The rally was peaceful  largely peaceful as the marchers with various placards denouncing the communal attack on the minority communities and shouting slogans such as ‘down with Kalldka Prabhakar Bhat’ echoed throughout the rally. Besides there was also decrying of the three ministers who were found watching pornographic pictures on their mobiles during the Assembly session.



A protest meeting was held in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office and the memorandum to be submitted to the Governor of Karnataka and a copy to the Chairman, National Minorities Commission, New Delhi through the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada District was read out.

Abdul Razaq, state committee member of Popular Front of India said that people belonging to minority communities had been targeted in different ways since the BJP government came to power in Karnataka. Moreover, the BJP  has been indulging in land scams and mining scam. Recent scandal of  ministers viewing blue film in assembly has shamed the people of the state. He demanded that  the chief minister Sadananda Gowda should resign from his post and the BJP-led state government should be dissolved by the governor.

P Shivasunder, eminent columnist and Human Rights activist, in his scathing attack on the government and communal forces said that the government has become helpless against the communalization of the politics and society by the Hindutva forces. The government has breached the faith of the people who had given their mandate to the BJP party to form the government. He strongly condemned the atrocities committed on the minorities by the communal forces.

At the protest rally four books were released. These books are  on terrorism, anti-communal violence legislation, report on attacks on minorities in the state and why an anti-communal bill is necessary - books were also released on the occasion.

President of Catholic Sabha Walter Cyril Pinto, Muslim Central committee member Ali Hasan, Christian Mission Network’s Walter Maben, state president of PUCL P B D’Sa, state secretary of communal harmony forum K L Ashok, author and activist Suresh Bhat Bakrabail and state member of PFI Abdul Razzak Kemmar were present.

The organizations which participated in the protest rally included Catholic Sabha, Mangalore, Karnataka United Churches Forum for Human Rights, Karnataka Missions Network (Coastal Zone) Mangalore, Federation of Christian churches and organizations, Bharathiya Chraista Okkoota, Global Council of Indian Christians, Protestant Christian welfare association, Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike, DK, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, DK, PFI, Mangalore Central Committee, Muslim Varthakara Sangha, Tulunadu Mansa Samaja Seva Sangha, Youth Wing, Mangalore, DK Auto Drivers’ Association, Bandhavya, National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations, Campus Front of India, Samaja Parivarthana Vedike, Mangalore Citizen’s Association, Karnataka Chraista Sangha Samsthegala Antharastriya Okkoota, Ahinda Mangalore, All India Christian Council, Indian Christian Youth Movement took part in the protest.

The protest rally ended at 6 pm after submitting the memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be sent to the Governor of Karnatka and the Chairman of the Minority Commission, New Delhi.




Minority assns, NGOs stage stir against communal violence - 2/11/2012


Mangalore : Federation of Human Rights Organisations, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts consisting of 24 organisations like Catholic Sabha, Federation of Christian Churches and Organisations, People's Union of Civil Liberties, Popular Front of India, Youth Wing and others staged a protest and public meet in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office on Friday, condemning the rising incidents of communal violence in the twin districts.

Addressing the protesters, thinker Shivasundar came down heavily on the RSS and Hindu communal outfits for sowing the seeds of communal violence among the people, thus damaging the integrity and communal harmony that otherwise prevails in the district.

The RSS which could not stand the communal harmony that prevailed in the district is busy in breaking the people in the name of religion. RSS and its leader Kalladka Prabhakr Bhat, in the name of uniting Hindus is merely pushing people towards illusion. For RSS people, the word ‘Hindu’ only means Brahminism, he criticised. 

Reviewing the recent developments in the BJP led State government, Shivasundar said that the BJP has introduced Chaddi republic in the State. The BJP men who belong to RSS have always boasted themselves of respecting women community. But the incidents the BJP ministers Halappa, Renukacharya, C C Patil, Laxman Savadi and Krishna Palemar involving in illegal activities, they have disclosed what according to them respecting women is, he said.

Popluar Front of India State Committee member Abdul Razak quipped that a day would come when the minister should take oath in the Assembly of not watching porn videos in the Assembly, not attending rave parties, not visiting friends’ house for food, and the CM would take oath of not supporting such things.

Christain leader Walter Cyril Pinto, Dalit leader Nagari Babaiah and others were present.Three books namely Kannada version of Justice M F Saldanha's enquiry report on Church attacks - State Terrorism-Tyranny, Communal Violence Bill-Why it is a must? (in Kannada) by G Rajashekar, Shivasunder and Fakir Mohammed Katpady and “Saffron Terrorism (in Kannada) authored by B Suresh Bhat were released on the occasion. 

MemorandumIn a plea submitted by the protesters to the Deputy Commissioner to be submitted to the Governor and the National Minorities Commission Chairman, the Federation has pointed at 66 attacks on Muslim community members and 15 attacks on Christian community members carried out by Hindus in the year 2011 alone.

The letter has mentioned the important incidents of communal violence and atrocity and has requested the Governor and NMC Chairman to take action against the offenders.

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