Don't Miss SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Don't Miss Denied ticket from Nawada, union minister Giriraj Singh goes into a sulk Firebrand BJP leader and union minister Giriraj Singh was on Monday apparently left sulking after the Nawada Lok Sabha seat, which he represents, went to NDA ally LJP. Came out of home as Constitution and country in danger: Priyanka Gandhi For many years I had been sitting at home, but I have come out because the country and the Constitution are in danger, said Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra here on Monday. BJP in danger, creating fear psychosis: National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Sunday blamed the BJP for "creating fear psychosis" across the country by crying hoarse over the "nation being in danger". Car-Truck collision on Honnavar NH-66 kills one Car driver was killed on the spot after coming in collision with a speeding truck on Emepail NH-66 in the taluk on Monday morning. SDPI state president to contest from DK Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) state president Ilyas Muhammed Thumbe will be contesting from Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency. The party announced the decision at a district convention held at Nehru Maidan on Sunday. Announcing the decision, SDPI national general secretary Abdul Majeed Mysuru said the party will also be contesting from five constituencies in the state. “SDPI wants to keep communal forces away from the corridors of power. Hence, we will field our candidates in five constituencies—Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru-Kodagu and Bidar,” he said. Sulthan Gold & Diamonds enters Udupi with its 10th showroom Sultan Gold and Diamonds, one of the well known names in the Indian jewellery market opened its 10th showroom on Sunday here in Udupi at West Coast building near Gitanjali silks on VST road. The showroom was inaugurated with supplications from Udupi District Qazi Al Haj Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal. Sri Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji of Puthige Mutt also graced the event with his presence and wished the band would prosper at its new outlet here in the city. Manohar Parrikar extremely critical: Goa CMO Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's health condition is extremely critical, his office said Sunday. Parrikar, 63, is suffering from a serious pancreatic ailment, and is currently at his private residence at Dona Paula near here. KT Irfan first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020 ational record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year's Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020. No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics. Don’t field candidate, support Sumalatha in Mandya LS: SM Krishna to BS Yeddyurappa State BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa met former external affairs minister, S.M. Krishna at his  home on Saturday to  discuss the party's strategy for Mandya this Lok Sabha poll and was reportedly advised against fielding a candidate for the constituency and instead support Ms Sumalatha Ambarish, wife of the late actor/politician, M H Ambarish,  who may contest as an independent.   Fake complaints flood Election Commission’s app The cVIGIL mobile app developed to report model code of conduct (MCC) violations cases has been getting more false complaints than genuine ones, revealed Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar.  Danish Ali joining BSP is "political arrangement," says JDS JD(S) leader and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Saturday termed party general secretary Danish Ali joining Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, as a "political arrangement" between the two parties. Ali joined the BSP on Saturday in the presence of the party's national general secretary Satish Mishra in Lucknow. According to JD(S) sources, Ali is likely to contest Lok Sabha polls from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh on a BSP ticket as JD(S) has no presence there, his home state. AB de Villiers reveals what makes Virat Kohli the best in ODIs South African great AB de Villiers feels Virat Kohli's "personality and mental strength" makes him the best ODI player at the moment. Siddaramaiah mocked for poll invitation to Rahul Gandhi The BJP in Karnataka on Saturday mocked former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for inviting Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state. Actress Sumalatha seeks support of S M Krishna for candidacy Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician, who is likely to contest asan independent from Mandya in the Lok Sabha polls, Friday metsenior BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minster S M Krishna here and sought his support. Krishna, a prominent Vokkaliga leader from Mandyasaid he would discuss with the party leadership on supporting her in the polls. On her part,Sumalatha said she would reveal her decision on contesting the polls and her plan of action by March 18. "Sumalatha informed me about contesting the pollsfrom Mandya. I will also speak to the BJP leadership,"Krishna said. Speaking to reporters, he said the BJP wo Siddaramaiah wants Rahul to contest LS polls from Karnataka Former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said the Karnataka Congress wants party president Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state. Calling Gandhi the "next Prime Minister of India", the Congress Legislature Party leader recalled his grandmother Indira Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka in the past. LS Polls: In Power in Karnataka, JD(S) Seeks to Expand Base Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar announces list of 37 Lok Sabha candidates Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar Friday released a list of 37 Lok Sabha candidates who will contest the upcoming polls under the banner of his new political front, dealing a blow to Congress-NCP efforts to forge a grand alliance against the BJP in the state. They will contest the next month's polls under the banner of the VanchitBahujan Aghadi (VBA), a social coalition of Dalits and Muslims jointly formed by Ambedkar and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi. The list includes some constituencies in Mumbai. SDPI to contest in 5 seats  Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has planned to contest in five constituencies in Karnataka. The candidate for Dakshina Kannada will be announced on Sunday, said Atatullah Jokatte, district president, SDPI. He was addressing media here on Friday, and said that the party has organised a district convention on Sunday. During the convention, the party will also announce the candidate who will be contesting in the elections in DK parliamentary constituency Dakshina Kannada SVEEP committee launches various initiatives for election campaign As a part of generating voting awareness among the citizens of the district, the Dakshina Kannada district SVEEP (Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Programme) committee has come up with many initiatives to assure maximum polling percentage. Pakistan fails to secure USD 3.2 billion UAE oil facility Cash-strapped Pakistan has failed to secure a USD 3.2 billion oil on deferred payments facility from the UAE, a media report Thursday quoted Finance Minister Asad Umar as saying. LS polls: Deve Gowda's grandson Prajwal Revanna to contest from Hassan Former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda on Thursday officially declared his grandson Prajwal Revanna as the party's candidate for Hassan Lok Sabha seat. "With your blessings and blessings of Channakeshava God, I have chosen Prajapati Revanna from Hassan," he said in a party workers' meeting held at Mudalahippe village in Holenarsipur taluk. An emotional Gowda asserted that he is not practising nepotism. Keep close watch on EVMs during polling: NCP chief Sharad Pawar tells partymen NCP chief Sharad Pawar Wednesday asked his party workers to keep a close watch on the EVMs during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said despite putting in a lot of efforts, many times the candidates are not able to win the election due to EVM tampering. 4 injured in Pickup-Omni collision near Karwar In an accident involving a collision between Pick-up and Omni car, four person travelling in the car received injuries, among which one is said to be serious. The mishap happened on Wednesday here at Sadashivgad NH-66 in the taluk. If Deve Gowda had 28 sons, all would have contested LS polls: BJP leader  Taking a jibe at JD (S) chief HD Deve Gowda, BJP leader K. S. Eshwarappa on Wednesday said if the former prime minister had 28 sons, he would have fielded all of them from different constituencies in the forthcoming general elections.    The senior BJP leader from Karnataka was indirectly accusing the JD(S) supremo of dynasty politics. While Deve Gowda himself is a sitting MP, his son HD Kumaraswamy is a Chief Minister and another son is a cabinet minister. His two grandsons have been given tickets to contest the Lok Sabha polls. Umesh Jadhav will contest polls from Kalaburagi against Kharge: Yeddyurappa Karnataka BJP Chief BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said Dr Umesh Jadhav will contest elections from Kalaburagi against Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, while Tejaswini Ananth Kumar is likely to contest from Bengaluru South. However, the former Karnataka chief minister said the final decision will be taken by party high command. "Dr Umesh Jadhav will contest elections from Kalaburagi against Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Tejaswini Ananth Kumar is likely to contest from Bengaluru South. The final decision will be taken by party high command," he said at a press conference here. It is worth mentioning that Tejaswini Ananth Kumar is the wife of late former Union minister Ananth Kumar, while Jadhav had recently quit the Congress and joined the BJP. Jadhav, a two-time legislator from Karnataka's Chincholi constituency, was among the three Congress MLAs who went "missing" last month. Thereafter, Congress had recommended their disqualification to the assembly speaker. Don't have hatred towards anybody: Rahul on Rajiv Gandhi case convicts Chennai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Wednesday he harboured no hatred towards the convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asserted that it was for the courts to decide on their release. The Congress chief, who is touring Tamil Nadu for a day to launch the United Progressive Alliance's campaign, said the assassination of his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 had two aspects. "While one was personal, which we have dealt with, the other was the legal issue, which has to take its course. Whatever course the legal issue takes, we are happy with it," Rahul Gandhi said. "We are quite forgiving people, we do not have animosity or hatred towards anybody and it is for the courts to decide (on their release)," he told reporters. "You need a conversation to start with stakeholders, that is the type of things we excelled at," the Congress president added. Exuding confidence that a Congress-led Opposition would emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha election, Rahul Gandhi promised initiatives such as reforms in the goods and services tax, encompassing its simplest form and a "phenomenal and revolutionary idea" of a minimum income guarantee scheme. On the Rafale deal, he said while there was no question about its capability, the issue was about corruption and the need was for a probe into it. The Congress chief did not answer if his party would scrap the deal if voted to power. "The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is a 'corrupt' man, bypassed negotiations, ran parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal." Hitting out at Modi, Rahul Gandhi asked as to why the prime minister was not addressing the media and interacting with students like he did. "Why are you (Modi) hiding?" he asked, adding that the prime minister should have the guts to face the media. Lashing out at the BJP, he said the saffron party's idea was to capture every institution of the country and run it from Nagpur, the RSS headquarters. 'There is a very good chance that England will win the World Cup', says Gavaskar Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes England have a very good chance to win the 50-over World Cup. "If you go by the history of last two or three World Cups, in 2011 the host nation India won, in 2015 host nation Australia won. In 2019, there is a very good chance that England will win the World Cup," Gavaskar said at the British High Commissioner's residence on Tuesday. Gavaskar, however, pointed out that he is not saying England will win the 50-over tournament. "There is a very good chance they (England) will win the World Cup," he said. The former cricketer, who debuted and played his last ODI cricket against England, is the first player to amass 10,000 Test runs. He had also played for Somerset, one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England. 6 members of family drowns as car falls into canal in TN Six members of a family, including two minor girls, drowned after their car fell into a canal near Pollachi here in the early hours of Wednesday, police said. The accident occurred when the family, hailing from Masakalipalayam in the city, was returning after visiting the Palani hill shrine. Bhatkal Anjuman student bags 9th rank in VTU exams Mushfira Shabandari, a student of Anjuman Institute Of Technology and Management (AITM) Bhatkal bagged 9th rank for the university in MBA examinations conducted by Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgavi in 2018, said AITM Principal Mushtaque Bavikatte. Oman suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights to and from its airports Oman on Tuesday suspended takeoffs and landings by Boeing 737 MAX planes at its airports, said its aviation authority, making it the latest country to do so after a deadly crash in Ethiopia. Doval gave 'clean chit' to JeM chief: Cong cites NSA’s 2010 interview The Congress on Tuesday cited a 2010 interview of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to claim that he blamed the BJP-led government for the release of JeM chief Masood Azhar in the Kandahar hijacking episode and gave a "clean chit" to the terrorist. Bomb scare in Kamayani Express An anonymous phone call made Tuesday about the presence of a bomb in Varanasi-bound Kamayani Express prompted the security personnel to thoroughly check the train at Igatpuri railway station in Nashik district, before it was given all-clear, a top official said. 2019 LS Polls: Rahul Gandhi to hold 180 rallies across country Nearly 180 rallies across the country have been chalked out for Congress president Rahul Gandhi during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, party sources said on Tuesday. PM speaks to Abu Dhabi crown prince, says will strengthen ties  Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Monday and thanked him for inviting India to address the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Complain submitted to seek probe into Raj Thackeray's pulwama remark Veteran journalist and lawyer S Balakrishnan has sought a police inquiry into Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's claim of another "Pulwama-like" terror attack before the Lok Sabha polls. Spcial train between Bandra, Mangaluru The Railways has decided to run a holiday train on a special fare between Bandra Terminus and Mangaluru Junction to clear the extra rush of passengers during Holi. Lok Sabha Polls effect: Karnataka CET 2019 postponed to April 29 & 30 BENGALURU: The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) on Monday postponed the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019, which was scheduled to be held on April 23-24, to April 29-30, 2019. Sharad Pawar not to fight Lok Sabha polls, hints at fielding grand nephew from Maval NCP chief Sharad Pawar Monday said he has decided not to contest the next month's Lok Sabha election from the Madha constituency in Maharashtra. Kumaraswamy using official position to cater needs of 'family business': BJP The Karnataka BJP on Monday accused Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of using his official position to cater to the needs of his "family business", amid his moves to induct his son into politics. CA exams postponed due to Lok Sabha elections The Chartered Accountants examinations have been postponed due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the council announced on Monday. "In view of elections to the 17th Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituencies across the country, spanning April-May 2019, the Chartered Accountants Examinations initially scheduled from May 2-17, stand rescheduled. The said examinations shall now be held from May 27, 2019 to June 12, 2019," the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) said. Plea in SC seeks ban on roadshows, bike rallies during polls : A former DGP of Uttar Pradesh and an environmentalist have urged the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls, saying they violate EC's instructions and cause damage to the environment. The plea, filed by the former director general of police Vikram Singh and environmentalist Shaivika Agrawal, was mentioned for urgent listing on Monday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The bench, however, refused to accord urgent listing. Lok Sabha polls 2019: EVMs to carry candidate pics to avoid confusion over similar names The Election Commission on Sunday said the EVMs and postal ballot papers would carry a photograph of all candidates to help voters identify the political leaders in the fray. Match-fixing bigger crime than murder, says Dhoni in soon-to-be-released documentary "The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match-fixing," Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said in a soon-to-be-released documentary that focuses on Chennai Super Kings' fairy tale IPL comeback last year, following a two-year suspension for spot-fixing. EC to take call on increasing VVPAT-EVM count after stat institute submits report Amid demands by parties to increase the number of polling stations where VVPAT slips are matched with EVM results, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday said the poll panel will take a final call on the issue after the Indian Statistical Institute submits a report on it. Social media platforms to deploy fact checkers to curb fake news: Election Commission Social media platforms will deploy "appropriate fact checkers" to scan fake news and use of abusive language ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said Sunday. Poll code impact: Nirmala Sitharaman shuns special aircraft, takes commercial flight to Delhi Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman avoided taking a special aircraft and chose a commercial flight to New Delhi from here Sunday as the model code of conduct came into effect with the announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule. Siddapur: 3 students drown while swimming at Burude falls Three students who went on for swimming at Burude falls in Siddapur taluk, drowned and lost their lives on Saturday afternoon. Will create fisheries ministry if Congress voted to power: Rahul Gandhi in Goa Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday assured a group of traditional fishermen in Goa that if his party was voted to power at the Centre this year, a separate Union ministry would be created for fisheries. Gandhi, who arrived in Goa on Friday, held series of meetings here on Saturday with the people dependent on mining, traditional fishermen, environmentalists opposing a recent amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification and citizens opposing handling of coal in Vasco town. "Gandhi assured us that a separate ministry for fisheries and fisher welfare would be created in order to do justice to the sector once voted to power," said Olencio Simoes, Vice Chairperson of National Fisherworkers' Forum. No terror group will be allowed to operate on Pakistan soil: Imran Khan Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today said no terror group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks abroad, days after his government began a crackdown against terror organisations. "This government will not allow Pakistan's land to be used for any kind of outside terrorism," Imran Khan said while addressing a public rally in southern Pakistan. "We will not allow any terror group to function in our country now," he added. Pakistan began a crackdown against terror groups this week amid growing international pressure in the wake of the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Moodbidri, Kadaba become new taluks All new taluks in the state will get adequate staff soon, said revenue minister RV Deshpande, after inaugurating the newly formed Moodbidri and Kadaba taluks in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday. The government has recruited 109 candidates for the post of tahsildars and 800 surveyors have been appointed recently, he added. “We have given in-principle approval for the recruitment of first grade / second grade clerks. Our aim is to make administration transparent and people-friendly. People should get justice and administration should go to the people. No one should be made to walk to a government office for their work more than twice. We have relaxed several rules for people who want to convert their agricultural land for other purposes. Earlier, an applicant had to submit 12 documents to obtain land conversion certificate from the revenue department in Dakshina Kannada. The number of documents required was 20 in Bengaluru. However, the government has introduced a new online application mechanism where an applicant needs to submit only three documents and an affidavit to obtain land conversion certificate. Officials have to distribute land conversion certificates within 60 days,” he said. Usman Khawaja's maiden ton takes Australia to 313/5 against India Indian pacers covered up commendably for a rare off-day endured by the spinners as Australia were restricted to 313 despite a 193-run opening stand between skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja in the third ODI here Friday. Usman Khawaja (104, 113 balls) scored his maiden ODI ton while skipper Finch (93, 99 balls) chose this particular match to get back to form. Glenn Maxwell (47 off 31 balls) also contributed with lusty blows. The Indian spinners -- Ravindra Jadeja (0/64 in 10 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (0/32 in 2 overs) -- were carted all around the park. Govt to come out with Rs 20 coins The Government will come out with the first ever Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon with a design of grains to denote farm dominance in the country. Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi script. The exact date of issuance of these new series coins is yet to be announced. The Rs 20 coin will weigh 8.54 gm and its outside diameter will be 27mm with the outer ring made of nickel silver and the centrepiece of Nickel brass, a finance ministry notification said. Will Bhatkal have it’s own Greenfield airport? PIL filed in the High Court The High Court of Karnataka has issued a notice to the state and central governments for the construction of the eco-friendly Greenfield airport in Bhatkal, which has been the dream of locals for some time now. Rebel Cong MLA Jadhav joins BJP Congress rebel MLA Umesh Jadhav joined the BJP at a rally here Wednesday, two days after he quit the Karnataka Assembly membership, and is tipped to take on Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Jadhav joined the BJP before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the rally, in the presence of state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar and a host of other party leaders. "I am happy and proud joining BJP," Jadhav said before Modi arrived on the stage. It's just a number: Kohli on his 40th ODI hundred Captain Virat Kohli Tuesday struck his 40th ODI hundred to play a major role in India's 8-run victory over Australia in the second ODI here but he sought to downplay his achievement and instead lauded his team-mates for the win. "It felt good (to get to 40 ODI hundreds) but it is just a number. It feels good to win games for India," Kohli said after the match. Kohli hit 116 from 120 balls to guide India to 250 all out from 48.2 overs after being put into bat. Chasing 251 for a win, Australia were bowled out for 242 in 49.3 overs. "When I walk in to bat, when the situation gets difficult, I have no choice but to put my head down and bat through the innings," Kohli added. Not thinking about World Cup: Shankar His last-over heroics against Australia may have brightened his World Cup chances but all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he is not thinking on those lines and would just stay in the moment. Captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Shankar when Australia needed 11 runs from the last over and India required two wickets for a win. Shankar dismissed Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa in three balls, delivering when it mattered.  He may have made a case for himself with this performance to make the squad for the World Cup but Shankar is not thinking on those lines. "I've said previously also that I never think about the selection or World Cup thing because it's a long way off from now. Every game is very important. I just look to give my best and win a game for the team," said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder. Kerala Tourism holds trade meets in USA to woo tourists In an effort to woo more travellers from America,Kerala Tourism showcased its signature assets before leading stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry and held trade meets in major cities of the USA. DMK finalises seat-sharing with CPM, MDMK for upcoming Lok Sabha elections The DMK on Tuesday clinched a seat-sharing deal with the CPM and Vaiko-led MDMK. Two Lok Sabha seats were allotted to the Left party and one to the MDMK which will also get a Rajya Sabha seat. Truck-Bike collision on Bhatkal NH-66 kills one A motorbike rider was killed on the spot after coming in collision with a speeding truck here on Nawayath colony NH-66 in Bhatkal on 5th March, Tuesday afternoon. Sagarmala projects takes up 28 fishing harbour projects The Centre has taken up the development of 28 fishing harbours under the Sagarmala project, according to Nitin Gadkari, Union Shipping Minister. Laying the foundation stone for the construction of Kulai Fishing Harbour in Mangaluru, through video conference, on Tuesday, he said that 28 fishing harbours are being implemented by the Centre under the Sagarmala project with an investment of ₹4142 crore. Of them, four harbours will come up in Karnataka, five in Tamil Nadu, six in Maharashtra, three in Gujarat, two in Odisha, five in Andhra Pradesh, two in Kerala and one harbour will come up in Goa. India vs Australia: Virat Kohli's 40th ton revives team from slump in second ODI  Skipper Virat Kohli's resolute 40th hundred under pressure steered India to a competitive 250 despite a middle-order collapse in the second One-day International, here Tuesday. Australia's spin troika of Adam Zampa (2/62 in 10 overs), Glenn Maxwell (1/45 in 10 overs) and Nathan Lyon (1/42 in 10 overs) bowled well in the middle obvers although it was Pat Cummins who had the best figures of 4 for 29. Ananthkumar Hegde accused of assaulting manager The news that Union Minister of State Ananthkumar Hegde had allegedly assaulted the local manager of a company has been doing rounds in the town. Cong MLA Umesh Jadhav resigns from K'taka Assembly  Dealing a blow to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, rebel Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav Monday submitted his resignation from the state Assembly to Speaker Ramesh Kumar, amid reports that he might join the BJP. Jadhav, who sided with the rebel faction led by Ramesh Jarkiholi which threatened to topple the JD(S)-Congress coalition government recently, is a two-time MLA from Chincholi in Kalburagi district, a bastion of senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The MLA met the Speaker and submitted his resignation, secretariat sources said. IAF doesn't count number of dead: Air Force chief Dhanoa The casualty figure in the air strike on the Balakot camp will be given out by the government, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said on Monday while asserting that the Indian Air Force does not count the number of dead. Addressing a press conference here, he said the death toll depends on the number of people present at the target. The Rafale jet should come into India's inventory by September, the Air Force chief told reporters in his first comments since the February 26 attack on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot in Pakistan.  Mangaluru: Will not be rigid in demand to contest from 12 seats says JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda Indicating that he was agreeable to showing some flexibility in seat sharing talks for the coming Lok Sabha polls with ruling coalition partner Congress, JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda Sunday said his party would not be 'rigid' in its demand to contest from 12 of the total of 28 seats. Gowda said he had also asked the Congress to have a similar mentality during the seat sharing discussions as there should not be any room for differences on seat sharing between the parties, whose main aim was to halt the BJP's growth. "I have said 12 seats should be given to us, but I will also not be rigid in saying that they should give us 12," the former Prime Minister said. Cricket set for Asian Games return in 2022: Reports Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after it was included in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou, media reports said here Sunday . The decision was taken at the Olympic Council of Asia's General Assembly, sports website "" reported. Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of game's powerhouse India. India opted out of the quadrennial event owing to the team's congested scheduling. In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, like it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively. Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team's participation. Kumaraswamy's son likely candidate for Mandya LS seat: JD(S) Asserting that the JD(S) would contest from Mandya constituency, its bastion, in the coming Lok Sabha election, the party leadership Sunday indicated Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumaraswamy is likely to be the candidate. Nikhil's candidature will mark the entry of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's second grandson into electoral politics, as the JD(S) patriarch has already indicating that Prajwal Revanna is likely to be the party candidate from Hassan. The assertion to claim Mandya came as Congress and JD(S) have decided to fight the parliamentary polls together but are yet to finalise a seat-sharing arrangement. "I have been watching the political developments in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency. There is no question of JD(S) fleeing from Mandya. People there have supported Janata Dal at difficult times," Kumaraswamy told reporters in Shivamogga. OMR sheets of 108 students missing from exam centre  OMR sheets of the Mathematics paper of 108 students who had appeared for matriculation examination were found missing from a government-run high school in Malkangiri district on Sunday. The matter came to light after the authorities of SSD High School at Padia lodged a complaint at Padia police station, police said. The complaint said the optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets of nearly 108 students, who appeared for Mathematics exam on Saturday, have gone missing from the school premises. Malkangiri Superintendent of Poli ICC assures BCCI of tight WC security, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee head Dubai: India's security concerns in the upcoming World Cup were taken note of and Anil Kumble was re-appointed as chairman of the Cricket Committee at the end of the International Cricket Council's latest round of quarterly meetings here on Saturday. The BCCI had expressed its concern about the safety and security of its players in the wake of the terrorist attack in Pulwama where more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The matter was placed at the ICC Chief Executives Meeting where CEO Rahul Johri was assured by his ECB counterpart Tom Harrison of all the measures being taken. On the concluding day of the board meeting, CEO David Richardson said: "As you would expect for a global sporting event, the ICC, in partnership with the ECB has a robust security plan in place for the Men's Cricket World Cup. "We work closely with the authorities in our host countries to ensure that the safety of players, officials and fans is a priority." Richardson said that security measures will be upgraded if need arises. "Should those authorities raise the threat level of the event based on intelligence, we will of course uplift our security commitment as appropriate. We will continue to work with the ECB and our Members throughout the build up to and during the tournament to keep everyone abreast of the situation." However, it has been learnt that there was no discussion on BCCI's plea to member nations to ostracize "countries from where terrorism emanates". BCCI didn't name Pakistan in their letter but ICC had already made it clear that as per norms, there was no question of banning Pakistan. In another development, former India captain Anil Kumble has also been reappointed as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee to serve for a final three year term. Additionally, the Board agreed a new composition of the Women's Committee that provides for a greater strategic focus for the group. The ICC Board were updated on WADA's concerns in relation to the domestic anti-doping programme in India. The Board unanimously acknowledged its desire to remain WADA compliant and committed to working in partnership with the BCCI, WADA and the India NADA to resolve the outstanding issues as a matter of urgency. The BCCI has already made it clear that they can't come under the NADA ambit as they are not a National Sports Federation taking grants from the Indian government. Siddaramaiah seeks legal action against men impersonating his identity on social media Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Thursday asked Karnataka Home Minister M B Patil to take legal action against people impersonating him on the social media with an intent to malign his identity. No evidence against me, life ban imposed by BCCI unfair: Sreesanth tells SC Banned cricketer S Sreesanth claimed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that BCCI's decision imposing a life ban on him was "completely unfair" and Delhi Police "continuously tortured" him in custody to extract a confession of his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Karnataka govt puts police & intelligence depts on high alert Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Wednesday said police and intelligence departments have been directed to be on "high alert", amid escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after the IAF carried out strikes on terror bases in the neighbouring country. Shoaib Malik to captain Pakistan in ODI series against Australia Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan during the five-match ODI series against Australia, beginning March 22 as captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is likely to be rested. Beware of fake news on social media ahead of board exams: CBSE to students, parents The CBSE has advised students and parents to be aware of any rumours on social media ahead of board examinations and not panic. Anguished over 'blatant politicisation' of sacrifices of armed forces: Opposition to govt Twenty-one opposition parties Wednesday expressed anguish over what they alleged was "blatant politicisation" of the sacrifices of armed forces and urged the government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India's sovereignty, unity and integrity. ISSF World Cup: Saurabh, Manu Bhaker bag gold in 10m air pistol mixed event The trailblazing teenaged duo of Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker comfortably claimed the gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event of the ISSF World Cup here on Wednesday. Bhatkal: VTU Cross Championship at Anjuman; NMAMIT champs, Nagaraj, Jyothi Tops Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management, Bhatkal in association with Physical and Sports Department and Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi organized Intercollegiate Single Zone 10km Cross Country Race Championship in which witness an excellent show of strength by Young athletes came up with stellar performance to win medals in Men and women categories on 27th February. IAF strikes in Pak: Will support forces in their bid to end terrorism, says Congress after all-party meet Leaders of different political parties on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Air Force at an all-party meeting here on operation targeting a terrorist camp in Pakistan, with the Congress saying that it will support security forces in their endeavour to finish terrorism coming into India from outside. SC transfers investigation of Kalburgi murder to SIT probing Gauri Lankesh case The Supreme Court on Tuesday transferred the probe into the killing of rationalist M M Kalburgi to the SIT investigating the murder case of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh after Karnataka government said there were common links in the two cases. Arvind Kejriwal postpones indefinite hunger strike in view of prevailing Indo-Pak situation Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said he has postponed his indefinite hunger strike, scheduled from March 1 in "view of the prevailing Indo-Pak situation". We won't falter or pull out, country in safe hand: PM Modi in Rajasthan rally after IAF strike in PoK In his first public comments after the air strikes in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the country is in safe hands and that he will not let the country down. Roger Federer starts 100th title bid with Kohlschreiber win in Dubai  Roger Federer began his charge for a 100th career title by dispatching Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on a windy centre court in the first round of the Dubai Championships. Rahul Gandhi lauds IAF pilots for air strikes on Pakistan Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday lauded the pilots of the Indian Air Force after air strikes on Pakistan. IAF to help Karnataka govt put out fire in Bandipur Tiger Reserve The Indian Air Force is set to join the operations to contain the forest fire raging in Bandipur Tiger Reserve area in Karnataka for the past five days, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said Monday. PM dedicates National War Memorial Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country's National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital, nearly 60 years after it was mooted to honour the fallen soldiers after Independence. Indian women thrash England by 7 wickets to claim ODI series 2-0 Opener Smriti Mandhana's stylish 63 was complemented by skipper Mithali Raj's unbeaten 47 as Indian women cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against England to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, here Monday. Facebook senior officials to appear before parliamentary panel on March 6 Senior officials of Facebook will appear on March 6 before a parliamentary panel to outline the specific measures undertaken to ensure safety of users on its platform after being summoned by the committee, sources said. Sports bodies should not take political calls: Justice RM Lodha Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) R M Lodha on Sunday opined that sports bodies should refrain from taking political calls as their function is to run the sport. 'I'm in no hurry': Robert Vadra after dropping hint on joining politics Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, on Monday said that he will start working on joining politics after getting absolved from "baseless accusations and allegations" being levelled against him. ‘Denied CM post thrice because I am a Dalit’, says K'taka deputy CM Alleging that there were attempts by some in the Congress to block the rise of Dalit leaders, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara Sunday claimed that he has thrice been denied the chief ministerial post, as he belonged to the community. Australia beat India by three wickets in a thrilling T20I Australia defeated India by three wickets in a thrilling T20I here Sunday. HD Kumaraswamy govt to blame for blaze: BS Yeddyurappa Opposition leader in the Assembly B.S. Yeddyurappa came down heavily on the state government for what he called a “lackadaisical” attitude which resulted in a major fire which gutted 300 cars at the parking area of the Aero India show on Saturday. AIIMS doctors to check Parrikar in Goa: CMO A team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi will arrive in Goa on Sunday evening to attend to ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, an official in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said, dismissing rumours that he was in a "critical" state. Drought like situation in Karnataka low due to deficit rainfall The state of Karnataka is again facing severe water crisis due to a deficit in rainfall last year. Chidambaram terms PM Kisan scheme as 'bribe for votes' With the government set to transfer the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to about 2 crore farmers over the next few days, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday termed it as a 'bribe for votes' and said the 'greater shame' is that the Election Commission is unable to stop it. Highland Islamic Forum organizes Blood donation camp in Mangaluru Highland Islamic Forum (HIF) on Sunday, 24th February organised a blood donation camp at Masjid-ul-Ehsan, in which a total of 175 blood units were collected. 'Our fight is against terror': PM Modi denounces attack against Kashmiris Asserting that the fight is against terrorists and not Kashmiris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday vowed the Pulwama terror attack perpetrators would have to pay as he appealed to people to have faith in armed forces, his government and blessings of Maa Bhavani Maha plans to make Mumbai, Thane kerosene-free in 2 months The Maharashtra government plans to make Mumbai and Thane kerosene-free in the next two months, Kailash Pagare, Rationing Controller for the two cities, said Saturday. Cosmos award ceremony in Bhatkal: Speakers stress Muslims to learn Kannada Cosmos Sports Centre organized its annual Educational awards ceremony on Friday, 22nd February, evening here in Bhatkal in which members of club and students who excelled in academics and sports in the year 2017 - 18 were felicitated and awarded. JKLF chief Yaseen Malik detained in J&K JKLF chief Yaseen Malik was detained Friday night amid indications of a wider crackdown on separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.