Latest News Feeds SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Recent Posts Bhatkal: Rahul Gandhi hits out at Modi, accuses him of supporting Reddy brothers Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the graft issue, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused him of supporting mining baron Reddy brothers and changing CBI into "Central Bureau of Illegal Mining." Uttar-Kannada district to have 12 pink polling booths The election commission has identified 12 polling booths in the district as ‘pink booths’, where women voters are highest, for the May 12 assembly elections. Due to absence of industrial units, unemployment becomes a problem for Karwar residents IN the absence of industrial units in district headquarters Karwar, employment is a big challenge. 3 kids of B’luru family meet watery grave Four persons including including three children of a family drowned in a reservoir in Chikkaballapur on Wednesday. Four nomination papers rejected in Uttara Kannada district Election officials rejected four applications in the district as they were not in order. With this, six constituencies of the district are left with 58 candidates in the race. Farmer commits suicide in Sirsi A 75-year-old farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his farm in Guddanapur village near Banavasi in Sirsi taluk Rahul Gandhi arrives on electioneering tour in Karnataka; begins roadshow from Ankola, Uttar-Kannada Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived here at Ankola on his two-day electioneering tour in Karnataka where the election is scheduled to be held for 224 Assembly constituency on May 12. India's ranking in press freedom falls to 138: RSF India's ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138, a watchdog said on Wednesday in an annual report, blaming "physical violence" against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the key reason behind the country's low ranking. SC questions Centre on mandatory seeding of Aadhaar with mobile The Supreme Court on Wednesday raised questions over the government's decision ordering mandatory seeding of mobile numbers with Aadhaar and said its earlier order on mandatory authentication of the users was used as a "tool". Asaram spoiled saints' image by his heinous act: Court A special POCSO court which sentenced self-styled godman Asaram to life-long jail term on Wednesday for raping a minor girl near Jodhpur five years ago rued despite being "called a saint" he committed the heinous offence, shattering the faith of people in saints.  Karnataka polls: Rahul Gandhi to release Congress’ manifesto on April 27 in Mangalore Congress president Rahul Gandhi will release the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls on April 27 in Mangalore, sources said today. SC judges urge CJI to hold full court on issues plaguing judiciary Two senior judges of the Supreme Court, Justices Ranjan Gogoi and MB Lokur, have urged the Chief Justice of India to hold a full court to discuss the institutional issues plaguing the higher judiciary. Life-long jail to Asaram, 20 years each to two accomplices for raping minor Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was today sentenced to life-long jail term by a special SC/ST court here for raping a minor nearly five years ago. This  is the second case of a powerful spiritual leader being convicted of a sexual offence in less than a year after Gurmeet Ram Rahim last August. Gudiya rape-murder case cracked, claims CBI; Accused remanded to 14-day judicial custody After a nine-month probe of the infamous Gudiya rape and murder case, Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday asserted that its special investigation unit has cracked the mystery. Kathua rape-murder: J&K HC directs govt, CBI to file objection in petition seeking CBI probe The Jammu and Kashmir High Court at Jammu on Wednesday issued notice to Principal Secretary Home, J&K, Director General of Police, IGP, Jammu and Central Bureau of Investigation to file objection within 10 days in the much publicised Kathua rape and murder case. "College Day 2018" celebrated at AITM Bhatkal Anjuman Institute of Technology & Management celebrated its annual "College Day" celebrations here at the college campus in Anjumanabad on Wednesday, 25th April. Anjuman's "Nebulus-18" fest ends on a vibrant note The two-day Nebulus-18 fest ends with a vibrant note which was organized by Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Bhatkal. Landslide at construction site in Puttur: 2 workers killed, 4 rescued In a landslide incident, two workers were killed, while other four sustained injuries when earth caved in on them at a construction site in Puttur town on April 24, Tuesday morning. Lorry crashes into tree in Ankola: 1 killed, 1 injured In a road accident that happened on NH63 near Sunksala in Ankola on Saturday, a driver transporting tar in lorry reportedly died on the spot after he lost control over his vehicle at a sharp curve. 62 candidates in fray for 6 constituencies in Uttar-Kannada As many as 62 candidates are in the fray for the six constituencies of Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday, which was the last day for filing nomination papers for the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. Karnataka govt adopting Kerala model of political violence: Rajnath Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, April 23 accused the Congress government in poll-bound Karnataka of adopting "the model of political violence" from Kerala, but assured people that BJP will end the violent targeting of political workers if it comes to power in the state. Rahul Gandhi to visit Bhatkal, neighbouring taluks on 26th April Congress president Rahul Gandhi will arrive Uttar-Kannada on April 26 and Mangaluru on April 27 during the sixth leg of his election tour to attend a campaign meeting ahead of the May 12 Karnataka assembly elections. Kundapur: 12-yr-old boy washed away due to huge waves Owing to a huge wave, a 12-year-old boy drowned at sea after it hit him at Maravanthe beach on Sunday, April 22. 1 killed, 3 injured in landslide in Gokarna One person died and three others sustained injuries after a portion of a hill, near Kudle coast, caved in here, on Saturday. Kumta BJP rebels file nominations post denial of tickets Post denial of tickets, two BJP rebel candidates, Suraj Naik Soni and Yashodar Naik on Tuesday has gone ahead to file their nomination papers as Independent candidates for May 12 Karnataka assembly elections from Kumta-Honnavar constituency. Modi likely to address close to 20 poll rallies in Karnataka Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address about 20 rallies in Karnataka to boost the BJP's campaign in a state where his party is locked in a keen fight with the Congress. Cong high-command to pick CM in Karnataka: Kharge The Congress stands a very good chance of winning the Karnataka Assembly polls, and the high-command will take a call on the next chief minister, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said today, indicating incumbent Siddaramaiah may not be the automatic choice. Kundapur: Two students drown in lake; dies Two PUC students went on drowning after they had been for swimming in a nearby Kotelingeshwar lake near here in Koteswar in the taluk on Monday. Anjuman's "Nebulus-18" fest begins in Bhatkal The two-day Nebulus-18 fest begins with a high note, which is organized by Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Bhatkal. Was there scientific assessment that death penalty is deterrent to rape, HC asks Centre The Delhi High Court asked the Centre on Monday if it had done any research or scientific assessment before coming out with an Ordinance to award death penalty for rape of girls below the age of 12. Congress to move SC after Naidu rejects impeachment notice against CJI Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the unprecedented notice by seven opposition parties led by the Congress to impeach CJI Dipak Misra on five grounds of "misbehaviour", saying the allegations were neither "tenable nor admissible".  Vaidya, Sunil file papers for Bhatkal Assembly seat The candidates from major political parties and also those contesting as independents filed their nominations at the respective RO  (returning officer) office in Bhatkal on Monday. Delhi doctor operates on leg of patient with head injury A senior doctor at a Delhi government-run hospital, a dedicated facility for providing critical trauma services, wrongly performed a procedure on the leg of a patient who was admitted there with a head injury. 1 killed in West Bengal during panchayat poll nomination filing Violence erupted at Suri in Birbhum district over the filing of fresh nominations for panchayat election in West Bengal on Monday, in which one person was killed and a few others were injured. Wanted criminal killed in encounter in Noida, 3 injured A wanted criminal was killed and three, including a police personnel, were injured on Monday during an encounter in the Baraula area here, an official said.  Gujarat: Amreli SP detained in Bitcoin extortion case Amreli Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel has been detained by the Gujarat CID-Crime for questioning for his alleged role in extorting bitcoins and cash from a builder, an official said on Monday. Karnataka polls: BJP omits Yeddyurappa’s son from fourth list; protests follow The Bharatiya Janata Party’s omission of former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s son from its fourth list for assembly elections led to protests and vandalism by party workers on Monday. Sharada Shetty from Congress, Pradeep Nayak from JD(S) file nominations for Kumta constituency The sitting MLA of Kumta-Honnavar constituency, Sharada Mohan Shetty as a Congress candidate for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly polls, on Monday, April 23 filed her nomination papers from Kumta Assembly segment. SC notice to Centre on plea against criminalisation of homosexuality The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a plea filed by hotelier Kesav Suri challenging the criminalisation of gay sex between two consenting adults. Liquor shops on other side of K’take-Goa border will also remain closed liquor from neighbouring Goa to pollbound Karnataka, especially on dry day on May 11, liquor shops situated within 5 km from Karnataka boarder in Goa are likely to be be closed. Poll code violation in Karwar Allowing the JD(S) members to hold a meeting on the temple premises has cost dear to Kodbir Temple Committee as the police have filed a case of violation of code of conduct against it. Flash voter enrolment drive in Uttara Kannada District administration enrolled flash electorat 12,432 voters duringe enrollment drive conducted on April 8 in the district. Bar licences of 12 outlets cancelled for violation of rules Excise Department has suspended the licence of 12 liquor shops in the district for violating the excise rules and regulations. CRPF officer killed in gunfight with Maoists  Apr 21  An officer of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed in a gunfight with the Maoists in a dense forest in the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. Country may burn, but Modi interested only in being PM again: Rahul Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the country could burn, girls might be raped and the rights of scheduled castes and minorities be under threat, but Modi was interested merely in becoming the prime minister again. Newly married woman raped by husband, friends in Assam A woman in south Assam's Karimganj district alleged that she was raped by her husband and his two friends within three days of her marriage as his demands for dowry were not met, the police said today. Fire reduces 3 bikes to ashes in Bhatkal In an incident that reported on late night on Saturday, three bikes which were parked in front of the house caught fire and were reduced to ashes. The incident happened near Mavinkurve of Talkod limits in the taluk. Mankal Vaidya from Congress, Sunil Naik from BJP to file nominations today Current MLA and Congress candidate from Bhatkal-Honnavar constituency Mankal Subba Vaidya will file his nomination papers on April 23, said Block Congress President Vittal Naik. Kumta: Losing BJP ticket to Dinakar Shetty, will Suraj Naik Soni contest as independent candidate? After losing BJP ticket to Dinakar Shetty from Kumta-Honnavar constituency, a youth BJP leader who was also a ticket aspirant, Suraj Naik Soni arranged a meeting with his fellow supporters to collect the opinions of how about contesting as a rebel candidate from Kumta-Honnavar constituency. Kumta: Wall collapses on shores near sea - 1 killed, 2 injured One person was killed, while other two sustained critical injuries after the wall that collapsed near sea in Gokarna of Kumta taluk on Saturday evening. Annual day function of KEB Pensioners' Association held in Honnavar KEB Pensioners’ Association Vice-President Nagappa T Haveri has assured that their grievances would be effectively addressed. Cultural programme for children on May 27 in Karwar Women and Child Development Department in association with Jilla Balabhavan Society will organise cultural programme on May 27 for children aged between 5 to 16. Undersand psychology of children, people told People working with various departments concerned with children should be conversant with psychology of children, stated Litterateur Vishnu Naik. Students whip up mouthwatering delicacies A wide variety of sweets, prepared using vegetables and fruits, were on display at the inter-collegiate ‘cooking without fire’ competition held as part of four-day annual day celebrations at Karnatak University. Officials told to be vigilant to check liquor inflow into State State Excise Vigilance team Joint Commissioner Somashekharappa has hinted that there are every chance of liquor being ferried into the State from the neighbouring Goa during election time. R V Deshpande files nomination as Congress candidate from Haliyal constituency District In-charge Minister R V Deshpande filed his sets of nomination papers on Congress ticket from Haliyal constituency on Friday. Gargi Sharma Goel appointed as Observor The Election Commission of India has appointed Gargi Sharma Goel as expenditure observer for Karwar-Ankola constituency. She will observe the expenses incurred by the candidates here. Bhatkal: Nagendra Naik withdraws from contest Nagendra, who was aspiring to get Janata Dal (Secular) ticket, after withdrawal of Tanzeem nominated candidate from Bhatkal, for the upcoming assembly polls, Inayatullah Shabandri, Dinakar Shetty finally gets BJP ticket from Kumta-Honnavar constituency IN its third list released on Friday, the BJP has announced the name of Dinakar Shetty as its candidate for Kumta-Honnavar assembly constituency in Uttara Kannada district. Teakwood stash seized from house in Mundgod Katur forest officials have seized teakwood worth from house stored in a home belonging to Suresh Lokappa Shiggaon, in Nagnur village, in the taluk, on Monday. DeMO led to highest fake notes, over 480% jump in dubious deposits: Report The country's banks received an all-time high amount of fake currency and also detected an over 480 per cent jump in suspicious transactions post demonetisation, a first-ever report on dubious deposits made in the wake of the 2016 notes ban has revealed. Rabita e Millat demands strict action against Kathua and Unnao rapists Seeking severe action against the culprits of Kathua and Unnao rape incidents, the Rabita e Millat Uttar-Kannada district Muslim Okkuta submitted the memorandum to the president of India through DC SS Nakul on Thursday, 19th April in Karwar. Makkah Masjid blast verdict: Resignation of NIA court judge rejected The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad has rejected the resignation of Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court Judge K Ravinder Reddy, who had put in his papers hours after he acquitted five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid Bomb Blast case which claimed nine lives and 58 others left injured. Polling time extended for May 12 election in Karnataka The Election Commission has decided to extend the polling timing to 11 hours for the May 12 election to Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Not sure if Aadhaar is best model to accord benefits: SC The Supreme Court today said it was not sure whether bringing people "face to face" with authorities through Aadhaar was the best model as the State should reach them to accord the benefits of the welfare schemes. Child witness says Syria carried out Douma chemical attack: Russia Russia said today it would screen at the United Nations an interview with a child who it claims was made to pose as a victim of chemical weapons in Syria. Despite schemes,19 crore Indian adults don't have bank accounts: World Bank India has 19 crore adults without a bank account despite the success of the ambitious Jan Dhan Yojana, making it the world's second largest unbanked population after that of China, the World Bank said today. Futile to comment on Supreme Court's verdict: Judge Loya's brother Srinivas Loya, the brother of Judge B.H. Loya, declined to comment on the Supreme Court order on Thursday dismissing a petition seeking a SIT probe into the death of Judge Loya, saying "it's futile". Withdraw up to Rs 2,000 from PoS machines free of charge: SBI The SBI on Thursday said people in smaller towns can withdraw up to Rs 2,000 a day from its PoS machines at retail outlets free of charge, a move aimed at easing cash crunch in some parts of the country. UP man rapes 35-yr-old daughter; calls two friends to join in In a shocking case, a man has been booked for raping his 35-year-old daughter along with two of his friends in Sitapur city in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday. India's image today is that of a country of crimes; Observed Bombay High Court India's image today has taken a beating with a growing perception abroad that it's a country of crimes and rapes and that liberal and secular people are not safe here, the Bombay High Court observed on Thursday. 48 MP, MLAs have declared cases of crime against women: ADR At least 48 MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women, with BJP having the highest number of such politicans at 12,  a report said on Thursday amid a nation-wide outrage over rape incidents, including in UP's Unnao where a ruling party lawmaker is an accused. One killed as car hit tree in Ankola One person was killed, and others suffered injuries, when the car, they were travelling, hit a roadside tree on NH -66, at Mogata near here, on Tuesday. Judge Loya case: Petitions had personal interest, says former AG Mukul Rohatgi Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday said the pleas seeking probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya were filed with vested interests and the purpose was to attack the functioning of the government. Two held, Goan liquor seized in Karwar Excise department officials raided a farm house, at Belavatagi village, in the taluk, on Monday late night, and seized 450 litre Goan liquor worth Rs 1 lakh stored illegally. Yellapur: Villagers blame forest officials’ apathy for sick jumbo’s death An injured elephant, sighted regularly since a fortnight, in Kiravatti, Mudanur parts, in the taluk, was found dead near Tenginakeri, Kiravatti, on Thursday. BJP may rope in Aseemanand to work in West Bengal  The West Bengal unit of the BJP is planning to rope in Hindutva preacher Aseemanand to work for strengthening the party base in the state following his acquittal in the Mecca Masjid blast case earlier this week, a senior party official said on Thursday. Uttara Kannada farmers neglected lot, laments Madhu Bangarappa Janata Dal (Secular) Youth Wing State President Madhu Bangarappa has called upon Uttara Kannada district in-charge minister R V Deshpande and MLAs of the region as to why they have neglected the issue. Ten dead, six injured as lightning strikes three districts on Sunday TEN people were killed and six injured in lightning strikes in separate incidents in Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura districts on Sunday. Ban on liquor sale makes drunkards search for new dens Drunkards of Mundgod have a problem with the ensuing elections. The model code of conduct has meant that their favourite hunting grounds for liquor-- non-vegetarian hotels-- have stopped selling alcohol, which has resulted in people rushing out to fields, farms, forest areas and other ‘hideouts’ to get the high. BJP sees Rahul’s ‘invisible hand’ behind Loya death probe pleas The BJP on Thursday launched a fierce attack on the Congress after the Supreme Court rejected petitions seeking probe into Judge BH Loya’s death, Leopard found dead in forests of Huttagar in Sirsi A two-year-old male leopard was found dead under mysterious circumstance in the forests of Huttagar in Sirsi taluk on Saturday. SC dismisses pleas for independent probe into judge Loya's death; BJP, Cong locked in slugfest The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected multiple pleas for an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, holding he died of "natural causes" in a verdict that sparked a bitter slugfest between the BJP and the Congress Sad day in India’s history, fair probe needed into judge Loya’s death: Congress The Congress on Thursday raised questions over the Supreme Court verdict rejecting a batch of pleas seeking a probe into the alleged mysterious death of judge B H Loya, ATM cash crunch problem to be resolved by Friday: SBI chief  The problem of cash crunch being faced by some states will be resolved by Friday as currency is being transported to areas which are facing the shortage, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said on Thursday. Inayatullah Shabandri bows out of election race; Congress candidate visits Tanzeem office Bhatkal Well known Bhatkali leader Mr. Inayatullah Shabandri who was nominated by JD(S) to fight for Bhatkal's MLA seat, has bowed out of the election race today. According to the sources, Mr. Shabandri announced this in a meeting at Tanzeem headquarters after its Executive members didn't back his candidature for the MLA race.  Woman run over by mini lorry in Kumta A woman was run over by a mini lorry, near Hegde Railway Bridge, in the taluk, on Wednesday. Imbibe ideals of Ambedkar, says DC Nakul Dr B R Ambedkar was a great humanitarian and a role model for all communities, stated Deputy Commissioner S S Nakul. Filing of nominations gets underway from today The process of filing of nominations for assembly elections, which will be held on May 12, begins from April 17 (Tuesday) and April 24 will be the last day for filing nominations. 340 bottles of liquor seized from women's compartment in Matsaganda express train in Bhatkal Railway police seized liquor being transported illegally through Matsagandha Express train, in Bhatkal, on Sunday night. Injured bike rider in Karwar road accident succumbs at hospital A bike rider succumbed to injuries failing to respond to treatment following the accident between a car and his bike, near Majali, in the City, on Sunday night. AICC national president Rahul Gandhi likely to visit Uttar-Kannada on April 26, 27 All India Congress Committee national president Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit Uttar-Kannada district during his Karnataka visit on 26 & 27 April, 2018. Hundreds of youth in Bhatkal demand justice for Kathua, Unnao rape victims Hundreds of youth came out on streets in Bhatkal staging a silent protest, and demanded Justice for rape victim Aasifa of Kathua and Unnao rape victim. The massive protest was organized under the aegis of Campus Front of India Bhatkal division on 16th April, Monday evening. A memorandum was then submitted to Bhatkal assistant commissioner in this regard. 1 killed, 2 hurt as car crashes into tree near Ankola At least one person was killed and two others sustained grievous injuries in a gruesome road accident that happened when a speeding car crashed into a roadside tree on 17th April, Tuesday here at Mogata region of Ankola taluk in Uttar-Kannada district. Another demonetization? Reports emerge of ATM’s going dry in 10 states Memories of the 2016 demonetization are still fresh in the minds of people as everyone is bracing themselves for a similar scenario with ATM's going cashless since several days. Names announced for Bhatkal assembly elections: Mankal from Congress, Sunil from BJP and Inayatullah from JD(S) As expected, the Congress party has nominated the sitting independent MLA Mankal Vaidya as the Congress candidate for Bhatkal constituency in the very first list that was released on Sunday evening, while on the other side the youth personality Sunil Naik of Shirali successfully gets BJP ticket. It shall be remembered that JD(S) had earlier issued its ticket to Inayatullah Shabandari to fight elections from Bhatkal constituency. The political situation of the constituency is currently tri-coned, but the exact picture of competitors can be observed only after the filing of nominations. Karnataka polls: Owaisi's AIMIM to back JD(S) The AIMIM today announced its decision to back the JD(S), led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, in the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections. Karnataka assembly election: Congress releases 218 candidates list for upcoming polls Congress on Sunday released its first list of 218 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka. Candidates for the remaining six out of the total of 224 seats have not been named so far. As per the list, chief minister Siddaramaiah will be contesting from the constituency of Chamundeshwari. Bus carrying 56 Umrah pilgrims topples on Kumta NH-66 In a road accident, a private bus from Shiroor carrying Umrah pilgrims reportedly toppled on Kumta NH-66 opposite to APMC on the late night of Sunday. Rahul to launch ‘save the Constitution’ drive next week Seeking to reach out to Dalits, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will on April 23 launch his party’s nationwide ‘save the Constitution’ campaign, aimed at highlighting alleged attacks on the Constitution and the community.