Coastal News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Coastal News 29% of students clear Karnataka II PUC exam held in Aug-Sept 2021 Only 29% of the II PUC students who wrote the examinations in August-September 2021 have managed to pass. The Karnataka II PUC (Class 12) exam results for the exams held in August-September 2021 were announced today at 10:30 am. Victory flame arrives at Karwar Naval Base Swarnim Vijay Varsh is being celebrated across the nation to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of 1971 war victory. As part of the celebration, the Vijay Jyoti, in its journey across the length and breadth of the country, arrived at Naval Base, Karwar, on September 17, 2021 and was received by Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh, Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area (FOK) at the war memorial, erected to honour those who made the supreme sacrifice during 'Operation Vijay'. Threat to K'taka CM: Hindu Maha Sabha leader arrested Hindu Maha Sabha (HMS) state secretary Dharmendra has been arrested on charges of issuing threat to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the BJP government in Karnataka over the demolition of a temple in Mysuru, police sources said. At a press conference here on Saturday, Dharmendra had said if the demolition of temples continued in the state, the Sabha will not spare the 'spineless' BJP government headed by Bommai. "We had not spared Gandhi. You are nothing to us at all. We will not spare you also," he had said, mentioning the names of Chief Minister Bommai, former CM Yediyurappa and state Muzrai Minister Shashikala Jolle. Gold worth Rs 8.44 lakh seized at Mangalore International Airport Officers of Mangaluru Customs at Mangalore International Airport (MIA) seized assorted gold jewellery of 18 carat purity weighing 230 grams from a passenger on Sunday. Mangaluru: Auto driver sentenced to 3 years RI A man was found guilty of assaulting his wife and was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment and was also slapped a fine of Rs 19,500 by a court in Mangaluru. Laborer dies after drowning in Venktapur river in Bhatkal A laborer lost his life after drowning in the Venkatapur river near Sharali NH-66 in the taluk. Bodies of Bengaluru couple found in Bhatkal taluk The bodies of a Bengaluru couple were found under mysterious circumstances near boulders off Huyeelumudi coast in the taluk on Saturday. Karnataka govt to provide quality education at affordable costs, says MLA Vedavyasa Kamath South MLA D. Vedavyasa Kamath on Saturday said the government has taken necessary steps to provide quality education at affordable costs by giving priority to education sector. BJP backstabbed Hindus: Hindu Maha Sabha The ruling BJP has backstabbed the Hindus by allowing demolition of an ancient temple in Mysuru and is trying to cover up their deed by using Sangh Parivar to fight against the act, Hindu Maha Sabha Karnataka state secretary Dharmendra said on Saturday. Body of missing fisherman found The body of a fishermen who had gone missing after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Paduvari village in Udupi district was found on the seashore at Ammanavara Toppalu on Saturday morning. Dakshina Kannada achieves 94.54% success in mega Covid vaccination drive Dakshina Kannada district achieved 94.54% of its target during the mega vaccination drive conducted on Friday. Udupi: 3 fishermen lose lives in boats tragedy Three fishermen from Gangolli and Baindoor drowned in separate boat tragedies in the past three days. Mangaluru: Gold ornaments, cash stolen Unidentified miscreants gained entry into a house and decamped with 10 pawan gold ornaments and Rs 1.20 lakh cash at Saralikatte in Uppinangady. Ullal: GP member gets heaps of garbage cleared A gram panchayat member took an initiative to clear the heap of garbage that was lying by the side of the road in the fifth ward of Munnur gram panchayat.  Demolition of any religious structure is unacceptable : Min Shobha Karandlaje Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Shobha Karandlaje said Temples, Mosques and Churches are our prayer centres, and therefore their safety should be a top priority but if they were built in illegal places, the government should convince the locals and make an alternate arrangement. Mangaluru: Schools for 8-10th standard students re-open After months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka opened on Friday for 8-10th standard students. A fair number of students attended the first day’s physical classes, said sources in the Education Department. Some schools reported over 60 per cent attendance. VHP, Bajrang Dal protest Mysuru temple demolition Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal on Thursday staged a protest near Kadri in the city and raised slogans against the state government protesting against the demolition of Mahadevamma temple in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru district recently. Two vehicular overpass, one underpass planned The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved proposals to construct two vehicular overpass and an underpass at three black spots on National Highway 66 between Mangaluru and Kundapur, including KPT Junction here, at an estimated cost of ₹95 crore. Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel in a communique here said that NHAI headquarters has approved a proposal from its Mangaluru Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to undertake long-term measures to mitigate woes at KPT Junction. Mangaluru: Belthangady man gets 10 years RI for raping minor The Additional Sessions and Fast Track POCSO Court of Mangaluru sentenced a man from Shibaje in Belthangady taluk to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a case pertaining to the rape of a minor girl, here on Wednesday . Coast Guard rescues stranded fishermen off Malpe coast The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued 11 fishermen from a fishing boat stranded at sea, 35 nautical miles off the coast, due to strong winds and swell and ensured that the boat and the fishermen reached Malpe fishing harbour safely. A Coast Guard release here said the fishing boat - IFB Sagar Samrat - lost propulsion owing to engine failure in rough weather conditions and requested transiting merchant ships for help. The merchant ships in turn requested the maritime rescue coordination centre (MRCC), Mumbai for assistance. ICG ship Rajdoot sailed f Gold worth Rs 10.55 lakh seized at Mangalore International Airport Customs officers have seized 219 grams of gold from a passenger who arrived at Mangalore International Airport from Dubai in the wee hours of Tuesday. Playgrounds being developed under MGNEGS for schools Model playgrounds are being developed in the premises of 114 government schools under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Uttara Kannada district.  Tourist dies of heart attack in Gokarna A 29-year-old tourist died of a heart attack in Gokarna on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Abhay Fakirappa Doddawad, resident of Bailhongal. Suspected Nipah case: Patient tests negative A 25-year-old man who was admitted to the district Wenlock hospital here with suspected Nipah virus infection has tested negative. His samples had been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIE) in Pune and the result turned out to be negative for Nipah, Dakshina Kannada district health officer Dr Kishore Kumar said. The Karwar-based person, who is a microbiologi Hundreds pay last respects to Oscar Fernandes Hundreds of party workers and people from all walks of life paid their last respects to departed Congress leader and former Union minister Oscar Fernandes when his body was kept at party offices in Udupi and Mangaluru for public viewing on Tuesday. Earlier in the morning, the mortal remains were taken to his native district of Udupi, where a mass was held at the Mother of Sorrows Church. The ceremony was conducted by bishop of Udupi diocese, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo. Nipah suspected in patient in Mangaluru, samples sent for test More than a week after a 12-year-old boy succumbed to the Nipah virus in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, a person being treated at a hospital here is suspected to have the infection and his samples have been sent for test. Mangaluru girl Ruth D'Silva emerges all-India topper in CA exam Ruth Clare D’Silva of the city has emerged national topper in the Chartered Accountants final exam (old course) for 2021, conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Bhatkal: AITM to give concession in admission fee through scholarships for meritorious students The Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), run by Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen Bhatkal, is one of the standard colleges in the state. College results are getting better every year, and the standard of education is also increasing. The faculties have paid special attention to the educational level of our students even during the Corona pandemic and provided all kinds of guidance online, expressed Principal of the college, Dr. Mushtaq Bhavikatti. Gold worth Rs 5.58 lakh seized at Mangaluru International Airport Gold worth 5.58 lakh was seized from a plane passenger at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA), Customs have said. The seizure of the metal, weighing 116.4 gm, was made on Sunday, they said. The passenger arrived here from Dubai, a press release from the Customs said. Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passes away in Mangaluru Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes passed away in Mangaluru on Monday. He was 80. Need to conduct probe into misuse of kits for labourers: U T Khader Mangalore MLA U T Khader alleged that food, immunity and safety kits being distributed to construction labourers through the labour department by the government were being misused. "There is a need to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged misuse of kits," he demanded while addressing media persons at Circuit house on Sunday. "The rice, which was part of the food kit, had worms. The other two kits were not much beneficial. According to the available information, the government had spent Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 per kit. Fund from Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board was misappropriated," he charged. NEET exam: 148 students absent in Dakshina Kannada The National Entrance cum Eligibility Test for admission into undergraduate medical and dental courses was held at 10 centres across Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday. Youth held for damaging 'Ganesha Katte' Uppinangady police arrested a youth, who had allegedly damaged 'Ganesha Katte’ being utilised for Sarvajanika Ganeshotsava at Udane in Shiradi village. Viral video of gang's attempt to snatch woman's bag is part of police mock drill: Mangaluru police chief A viral video of a gang trying to snatch a woman's purse in broad daylight turned out to be a mock drill conducted by the police. Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar issued a video statement on Sunday explaining that it was an awareness video and the drill was being undertaken to check the preparedness and police response to robberies.  'Adani' tag removed from Mangaluru International Airport name After months of sustained protests by local social activists, the tag 'Adani airports' has been removed from the name boards of the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA). Honnavar: Classes for first standard to be started only after experts advise says Education Minister Preparations have been made for commencing the offline classes from the first standard. However, classes would not be started without taking the suggestions of the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee, said Primary & Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh.  Speaking to media persons at Bangaramakki in Honnavar taluk on Saturday, he said, classes from the first standard would be started only after getting opinions from the experts. On the other hand, efforts are being made to start teaching in schools under the new National Education Policy (NEP) from the next academic year, he added. Mangaluru: Mallikarjun Kharge visits hospital, enquires about Oscar's health Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday visited a private hospital in the city to enquire about the health of veteran Congress leader Oscar Fernandes. Unidentified body of woman found in Mangaluru's Netravathi river An unidentified body of a woman has been found in the Netravathi river in Karnataka's Mangaluru on Sunday. People should rise against sale of PSU assets, says Congress leader Kharge People should raise their voice against the BJP government’s move to sell the prime assets of the country, Opposition Leader in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said on Saturday. Kundapur: Woman, son drown in river A 36-year-old woman and her minor son drowned in a river at Nada village in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district on Saturday, police said. Boat mishap: one fisherman missing One fisherman is missing while four others were rescued after a gillnet boat capsized due to strong winds off the Panambur coast here on Saturday. Weekend curfew lifted, night curfew to continue in DK The Dakshina Kannada administration has lifted weekend curfew, imposed in the district since April this year, following pressure from elected representatives, organisations, traders and others. Earlier in the day, BJP MLA D Vedavyas Kamath had posted messages on social media that the weekend curfew imposed in the districts will be lifted. Kamath had also submitted a memorandum on withdrawing the weekend curfew in the district to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Nipah virus: Dakshina Kannada DC issues alert On the backdrop of Nipah virus infections and death reported in neighbouring state Kerala, Dakshina Kannada deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V has issued an alert and asked officials concerned to take all necessary precautionary measures. TV celebrity Anushree bought, took drugs: Arrested choreographer Kishore Aman Shetty Dancer-choreographer Kishore Aman Shetty, who is involved in a drug case, has alleged TV anchor Anushree of buying and consuming drugs including Ecstacy pills. This statement was given by Shetty in a chargesheet filed by Mangaluru police against him in the drugs case. According to the chargesheet filed on December 30 last year before a Mangaluru court, the police had recorded Shetty's statement on September 19, 2020. Three shops and a house burgled in Bhatkal; cash, ornaments stolen Early morning hours turned shocking for the locals in Bhatkal after an incident of burglary took place, in which thieves stole cash and some valuables from three shops and also entered the locked house and fled with cash including jewellery. BJP Misused Govt Machinery to Win Urban Local Body Elections: Dr G Parameshwar Former deputy chief minister and senior Congress leader Dr G Parameshwar on Tuesday said that ruling BJP has misused the government machinery to win the urban local body elections. Speaking to newsmen here he said that despite BJP’s best efforts, people have supported the Congress party in a satisfactory manner. He said, “Under the BJP ruling, the price for the basic commodities has been hiked. Despite the price hike, the BJP has won the ULB elections by misusing the government machinery. The Congress party is not disturbed by the ULB results. In the Taluk and Zilla Panchayat elections, we will win with a huge margin." Mangaluru: Man arrested for sending obscene messages A 30-year-old man from Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district has been arrested for sending obscene messages to a married woman, police said. The woman, in her complaint to police, said the man, allegedly under a fake name, had sent obscene messages to her on WhatsApp for the last six months and even used to call her. Central team visits flood-hit villages in Uttara Kannada A three-member central observers’ team visited flood-hit areas in Uttara Kannada district on Monday to assess the damages claimed by the state government. The team visited Yellapur and Ankola taluks which bore the brunt of floods. The team comprised of Kailash Sankhla, additional secretary of rural development department, SV Jayakumar, chief engineer of national highway department and Shrinivas Reddy, liasioning officer of the state government. Udupi: 2 boats capsize, 6 fishermen rescued Six fishermen were rescued after their boats capsized due to heavy rain and winds in two separate incidents off Udupi district of Karnataka on Sunday, police sources said. In one incident, three fishermen, who ventured into the sea from Kanchugodu, were returning after fishing when their boat capsized. Fishermen in other boats saved them. Nipah death in Kerala: Dakshina Kannada district on alert An alert has been declared in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka in the wake of Nipah virus infection in neighbouring Kerala and a boy succumbing to the disease on September 3. Dakshina Kannada deputy Commissioner K. V. Rajendra issued the alert and appealed to the people to remain cautious. He has also directed the health department officials to take all precautionary measures. “A 12-year-old boy died of Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode district of Kerala on September 3. Since Dakshina Kannada district shares its border with Kerala and a large number of people commute for health and education purposes, a Nipah alert has been announced,” he said in a statement. Uttara Kannada politics: Around 64 leaders from BJP, JDS join Congress Around 64 political leaders from coastal belt in Uttara Kannada district have changed their party and have left Janata Dal (secular) and BJP to join Congress. Instil confidence among children, teachers told Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan advised the teachers to instil self-confidence and courage among the children to achieve something big in life.  Speaking after inaugurating the Teachers’ Day programme held in Karwar on Sunday, he said, the teachers play a vital role in shaping the personality of the students.   He said, the children in rural areas face many challenges while studying in Kannada medium. An inferiority complex should not cause an impact on their personality development. Hence, the teachers should guide them to tread the right path in life and should encourage them to dream big and to work hard to realise their dreams, he advised. He said, the role of parents too is immense in grooming the personality of the children. The teachers faced the challenges posed by the Covid-19. Amidst several challenges and fear of the pandemic, the teachers imparted education to the children. The teachers’ contribution to society is great, he praised.      17 teachers get award in Udupi Minister for Energy and Kannada and Culture Sunil Kumar said that teachers form a crucial segment in the life of a student. They are engaged in moulding the young minds. He was speaking after felicitating 17 teachers, who received district-level best teacher award, at St Cecily School here, on Sunday. The minister said that teachers were contributing greatly to nation building. The noble professionals sacrifice their well-being to make future bright of their students. Teachers help shape personality of students, says Angara Lauding teachers, Minister for Ports, Fisheries and Inland Water Transport S. Angara said here on Sunday that they contributed to the overall personality development of students. Speaking at a Teachers Day function organised by the Department of Public Instruction at Prestige School in Jeppinamogaru, the Minister, who is in-charge of Dakshina Kannada, said that teachers influenced students in their educational and professional careers. If teachers took their profession seriously, they can make a difference among their students. The Minister said that teachers have worked hard during the COVID-19 times by taking online classes and preparing students for examinations. They have helped students by rendering assistance online. Karwar: 6 arrested in fraudulent sale of counterfeit gold Police have arrested six accused in connection with fraudulent sale of counterfeit gold worth 22.50 lakhs rupees in Malgi of Mundgod taluka in an incident that happened on July 16 this year, said Uttara Kannada district SP Shiv Prakash Devaraju in a press release. Supreme Court Collegium recommends Bhatkal's Nagendra Naik as High Court Judge for third time The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended advocate Nagendra Naik of Bhatkal for the third time as a Karnataka High Court judge. Covid -ve report, quarantine mandatory for those entering Udupi from Kerala, says DC Udupi Deputy Commissioner Kurma Rao has said that people from Kerala entering Udupi district will have to produce a Covid negative report not older than 72 hours. Mangaluru: WB police arrested person on cyber crime West Bengal Police arrived in the Dakshina Kannada district and arrested one person here in connection with a cyber-crime on Saturday. Police said a complaint in this report was registered in Kolkata. 11-year-old boy falls into stone quarry in Mangaluru, drowns A 11-year-old boy from Kasba village in Bantwal taluk slipped and fell into a stone quarry and drowned on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Mohammed Souhad  Fishing boat capsizes in Honnavar A fishing boat belonging to Gangoli sank in the confluence of the river Shravati and the sea, causing severe losses to the boat's owner Shivaram Sheryan. Technology to purify water benefits deep and inland fishing, says minister The technology converting salty seawater into potable drinking water in high seas is useful for both fishermen venturing into inland and deep-sea fishing, Minister for Fisheries, Port and Inland Water Transport S Angara said on Friday. He was addressing reporters after having witnessed the demonstration of an Australian-based technology purifier turning saltwater into potable water in a boat that sailed from Bunder to Bengre. The minister said that fishermen venturing for deep-sea fishing, which sometimes lasts for over 15 days, need over 5,000 litres of water for drinking and bathing needs. Man gets two vaccine doses within minutes in Dakshina Kannada district A 19-year old daily wage worker was administered two doses of Covishield vaccine in a short span of time at a crowded vaccination camp at a school in Sullia taluk in Karnataka''s Dakshina Kannada district. New Mangalore Port handles steel export cargo The New Mangalore Port has handled, for the first time, steel export cargo from JSW Steels to destinations in Egypt, Italy and Spain. The vessel MV Minion Grace arrived at the port on August 29 to load 22,825 tonnes of steel cargo, including HR/CR coils, slabs, billets and TMT from JSW Steels, a release from the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) here said. New Sub-Zonal Office of Enforcement Directorate starts functioning from Mangaluru The new Sub-Zonal office of Enforcement Directorate (ED), Department of Revenue, Government of India started functioning at its office in Mangaluru, Karnataka from Friday. MIA registers massive growth in passenger traffic in August With the re-opening of airports in various states following an improvement in the Covid-19 situation, the domestic passenger traffic from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has shown a massive growth in August as compared to July. The latest data shows that 26,067 passengers took flights from MIA for travel within the country in August as against 18,557 departures in July, showing a jump of 40.5 per cent, a release from the MIA said. Similarly, 26,732 passengers arrived in August at MIA from domestic destinations as compared to 19,744 passengers in July, a rise of 35.4 per cent. BJP politicising vaccination drive: Cong MLC BJP is trying to project the Covid-19 vaccination drive, health camps and the kit distribution using the labour department’s welfare fund as party’s programmes, Dakshina Kannada district Congress committee president and MLC Harish Kumar alleged on Thursday. Mangaluru: Rolling cement pipe crushes child to death A four-year-old child died after being crushed under a rolling cement pipe at Ashraya Colony in Lingappayakadu near Mulki on Wednesday. The child has been identified as Yuvaraja, son of Ramu. Night curfew, weekend curfew to continue in DK The night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am and the weekend curfew from 9 pm Friday to 5 am Monday will continue to be in force in Dakshina Kannada (DK) district in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in neighbouring Kerala. An order to this effect was issued by DK deputy commissioner K V Rajendra. Five booked for assault on youth in Dakshina Kannada district Five people have been booked for allegedly assaulting a 19-year old youth from Raichur who had come to Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district to meet a friend belonging to a different faith. Police sources said the youth had on Wednesday come to meet a girl hailing from Puttur, who he had befriended on social networking platform. The two were in touch through phone calls and messages for the last six months. The girl invited him to Puttur a week ago and the youth came along with a friend by bus to the city. The two went to meet the girl at Puttur KSRTC bus stand Wednesday afternoon and met the girl and her friend who came there. Kurma Rao takes charge of Udupi district  M Kurma Rao on Wednesday took charge as deputy commissioner of Udupi district of Karnataka. Rao replaces G Jagadeesha, who has been appointed as joint secretary to Chief Minister of the State Basavaraj Bommai. After taking charge, Rao visited schools which have been reopened and interacted with students. Mangaluru: Man jumps to death from court building A 32-year-old man, arrested under Pocso Act, ended his life by jumping from the sixth floor of district court complex on Tuesday. Mangaluru: Police probing cycle theft, end up solving 9 cases The police tracing a stolen bicycle, owned by the son of a police inspector, ended up solving nine bicycle theft cases. NEP will strengthen regional languages: Karnataka Education Minister Implementation of National Education Policy (NEP-2020) will further strengthen Indian languages including Kannada and opportunities will be provided for students to choose language as an open elective also, Karnataka Minister for Higher Education Dr C.N Ashwatha Narayana stated on Monday. Addressing a press conference here at the University of Mangaluru, he said the policy is intended to create well-rounded personalities. Mangaluru: Pick-up vehicle rams truck, three killed Three men, attempting to start a truck, were killed after a speeding pick-up vehicle rammed the stationary truck near Bajathur village in Uppinangady on NH 75 on Monday. Puttur: Couple rescued from well A couple accidentally fell into their well and were rescued by Puttur fire personnel in Madavu near Kayyuru village in Puttur taluk on Monday. Sunanda, who went to draw water, accidentally fell into the well which was around 60-ft-deep and filled with water up to 20 ft. Udupi: Jilted lover stabs woman to death A 28-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her jilted lover at Santhekatte junction on Monday. K'taka mulls to implement NEP by 2030: Minister Karnataka Minister for Higher Education Dr Ashwatha Narayana C N on Monday said that the National Education Policy is expected to be implemented in the state within the next ten years. "There is the inevitability of a comprehensive change in the educational field at the global level. In India, the National Education Policy framed by the Centre is expected to be implemented in the state within the next ten years," the Minister said here. Mangalore University: CFI holds protest against implementation of National Education Policy-2020 The members of the Campus Front of India (CFI) staged a protest against the National Education Policy during its launch by the state higher education minister C N Ashwath Narayan at Mangalore University on Monday. Though the police had tightened the security by blocking all main roads leading to the university campus, a group of CFI members managed to enter the campus and shouted slogans against the NEP. Schools to reopen for Class 9 to 12 from Sep 1 in Udupi District: Minister Sunil Kumar “As covid positivity rate has come down, we have decided to reopen schools for Class 9, 10 and pre-university colleges (I and II PUC) from September 1”, said Sunil Kumar, Minister for Energy and Kannada Culture on Monday. Speaking to media persons he said after reviewing the Covid Positivity rates in the district we have asked the education department to start classes for 9th standard to Second PU as per the government Covid Norms. All teachers should be vaccinated before September 1, he said. Covid restrictions at border with Kerala to continue: Official Restrictions on the movement of people enforced at the border with Kerala will continue as there has been no change in the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said. Giving a clarification on reports claiming that the Centre has lifted the requirement of RT-PCR certificates to cross the border, he said the Karnataka government''s order mandating the RT-PCR test negative certificates for those coming to DK from Kerala is still in force. The order is meant to contain the spread of Covid-19 and the district administration will continue to implement the same, he said. Rajendra said more than 30,000 new Covid cases are being reported from Kerala daily and the test positivity rate in neighbouring Kasaragod district is around 12 per cent. Journalists work amidst several challenges: Hebbar The journalists should give news and stories based on facts and proper details and they should not criticise someone just to take vengeance, advised Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar. He was speaking after inaugurating Yallapur unit of the Karnataka Journalists Union at a programme held at APMC Raitha Sabhabhavana in Yallapur on Sunday.  Will waive off 50 per cent property tax if Congress comes to power: DK Shivkumar Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivkumar on Sunday promised to waive off 50 per cent of property tax if Congress comes to power in Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Kalburgi corporations. "Taxes have been waived off in Gujarat. 50% tax has been waived off in Telangana too. We have promised one thing to people in the manifesto. Jagadeesha to be joint secretary to K''taka CM, Kurma Rao new Udupi DC Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha has been appointed joint secretary to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. M Kurma Rao, an IAS officer of 2011 batch, will be replacing Jagadeesha as deputy commissioner of Udupi. CET results will be out on September 20 As many as 1,62,439 candidates (80.94 percent of the overall registered candidates) appeared for Biology and 1,89,522 (93.90%) for Maths examination, on the first day of CET.  Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, talking to the media after his visit to an exam centre at Sheshadripuram College, said CET results will be announced on September 20 and the counselling process would commence in the first week of October. Helpline facility for women in distress launched in Mangaluru An emergency response support system with a helpline (number-112) for women’s safety was launched here by Olympian and Arjuna Awardee M R Poovamma, an athlete, on Saturday. The inaugural function for the system was organised by the Mangaluru city police commissionerate and awareness was created among women on the facility which, the law enforcers said, would bring in a sense of security among the women. A demonstration on how to use the facility was also held. Govt gives nod for land acquisition for civilian airport near Karwar The state government has given green signal to land acquisition for the civilian airport at Alageri village near Karwar. A total 87.14 acres will be acquired for the purpose, a notification issued by the state government said. The civilian airport is being developed with the help of the Indian Navy whose airbase is coming up there under the second phase of Project Seabird. Good turnout for CET in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi Despite the weekend curfew in Dakshina Kannada, a good number of students turned up for the Common Entrance Test on Saturday. As many as 5,856 appeared for the the biology paper in the morning, while 7,673 wrote the mathematics paper in the afternoon. A total of 8,655 students from Dakshina Kannada have registered for the CET, which is being held in 19 centres across the district. Chemistry and physics papers will be on Sunday, while Kannada examination for Gadinaadu Kannadigas will be held on Monday at two centres in Mangaluru. Two bikes collide head-on in Bhatkal; 1 killed One bike rider succumbed to his injuries in a road accident involving collision between two bikes on Ameenuddin road in Nawayath Colony here on Friday evening. The others on the bike escaped unhurt. Mangaluru: Council resolves not to collect penalty if water meter is faulty The Council of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has resolved not to collect penalty levied on consumers with defunct water meters. Instead, it was decided that consumer should pay an average of the minimum for the period when water meter had stopped working. In the Council meeting, Mayor Premananda Shetty said double penalty was levied on the consumers who failed to get the meter rectified even after receiving the notice. As a result, the consumers were getting water bills to the tune of Rs 6,000 and more. After discussions, the MCC decided to collect minimum average water tariff during the time water meter stopped functioning as per Karnataka Municipalities Act Section 428. If the water meter failed to function even after its repair, then the officer in-charge should fix a minimum charge while issuing the bill. Seven held for fake negative Covid test reports in Mangaluru In separate incidents, a total of nine people, including three women, were caught trying to enter Mangaluru from Kerala with fake RT-PCR test reports over the past two days. While the women were allowed to return after they pleaded ignorance, the others were arrested. Criminal case against those using tasting powder in excess, warns DC Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha warned of booking criminal cases against those found using tasting powder in excess. Rain gains pace in Dakshina Kannada After a lull for few weeks, the rainfall gained momentum in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday. The district has been experiencing rain since Thursday night. Software to be developed to protect people from flood: DC It has been planned to develop software to get exact information about the flood in advance in order to save people from its impact, said Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan.  Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, he said, people in Uttara Kannada district face trouble often due to floods during the rainy season. Hence, it has been decided to develop software to give prior instructions and information to people about the floods. A proposal in this regard has been submitted to the government, he added. PU colleges in Dakshina Kannada to reopen from August 30 Pre-University (PU) Colleges in Dakshina Kannada will reopen from August 30. The district administration had earlier decided in this regard considering the fact that many students of PU Colleges will have to even prepare for the CET. Number of coaches augmented on two trains The Railways have permanently augmented a few coaches on two sets of trains, Jabalpur-Coimbatore-Jabalpur weekly express special and Mumbai LTT-Ernakulam-Mumbai LTT bi-weekly express special, operating via Mangaluru junction station. A release from Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) here said the train No. 02198 Jabalpur-Coimbatore weekly special express and train No. 02197 Coimbatore-Jabalpur weekly special express will get one 2-tier AC, one sleeper class and two second class sitting coaches from September 3 and September 6, respectively. The train will run with a revised composition of 21 coaches. Three Hindu right wing members arrested in moral policing case in Mangaluru In another case of immoral rowdism, few members of Hindu Jagarana Vedike, a Hindu right wing organisation stopped and questioned three boys for being in the company of three girls including two girls belonging to a different faith and handed over to the police. Litter, plastic waste at Mangaluru's Panambur beach causes concern Concerns about environmental degradation of the Panambur beach, near Mangaluru have been raised due to waste material, including plastic, littering the area. It is one of the most popular beaches in coastal Karnataka. Several residents of the area are extremely unhappy with the situation. 4 held for producing fake RT-PCR certificate to enter Karnataka Four people from Kerala were arrested at the Talapady border for producing ''fake'' RT-PCR negative reports to enter Mangaluru on Thursday. Those arrested were coming by car and had tried to enter Mangaluru after showing an edited RT-PCR report on their mobile phone, police said. Rise in Covid infections among college students a cause of worry in Dakshina Kannada The rising Covid cases among College students in the Dakshina Kannada district in the past few days has been a cause of great concern. The Health Department has now begin issuing notices to colleges which have failed to adhere to the Covid guidelines. Police personnel give a facelift to heritage structure in Mangaluru The police pooled in money and secured donations from philanthropists to give a new look to the Mangaluru North Police Station, which is a heritage structure that was built in 1889.