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Bhatkal shocker: Four of a family murdered over property dispute The early evening hours on Friday turned horrific and shocking in the taluk after four members a family were brutally murdered using sharp weapons by their close relative over a property dispute here at Hadvalli village, around 25 km from the town. The incident happened at around 4:30pm New office bearers elected for Uttara Kannada APCR; Dr. Zaheer Kola President, Advocate Afaq Kola General Secretary Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) elected new office bearers for Uttara Kannada district on Monday in which social worker Dr. Zaheer Kola was elected as the president, while Karnataka High Court lawyer Muhammad Afaq Kola as general secretary. Haliyal tense after stir over pavement around temple in Karnataka Haliyal witnessed a flash protest followed by the imposition of Section 144 as a safety measure when hundreds of people took to the street demanding to stop the construction of a pavement around a temple belonging to Haliyal village deity -- Gramya Devi. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple in the town where the municipality authorities have planned to construct pavements around the temple. They all assembled in the temple, prayed to the Goddess and took to the streets raising slogans against the municipality authorities. They went out in a procession demanding that the pavement they have put should be removed and the encroachment around the temple should be cleared. “We have been worshipping here for centuries. The Banni Tree here is a sacred one for us during the Vijayadashmi. They are trying to clear it based on instigation by some people,” said Mangesh Deshpande, president of the Gramya Devi Temple Trust. Two youths drown in Payaswini river in Karnataka's Sullia Two youths who went for a swim in the Payaswini river drowned in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, police sources said on Sunday. The deceased hail from Puttur. First state-level Yakshagana Sammelan begins in Udupi The first ever state-level Yakshagana Sammelana was inaugurated in Udupi by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shobha Karandlaje. Addressing the gathering, Karandlaje said Udupi and the entire Karavali region had always supported Yakshagana Melas that is part of the lifeline of the region. Yakshagana has a magnetic attraction and more young people should be attracted to the art form so that they can understand mythology and folklore. Yakshagana should be taught in schools all over Karnataka to enable students to learn about their culture, history and mythological tales, she said. Congress and JD(S), who believe in Tipu Sultan, can’t do good for Karnataka: Shah Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday charged that the Congress and the JD(S) believed in 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan and that the two parties cannot do any good for Karnataka, while hailing the ruling BJP which was inspired by 16th century Tuluva queen of Ullal Rani Abbakka Chowta, for a prosperous rule in the state. Shah also alleged that the Congress was corrupt and the opposition party had used Karnataka as an “Automated Teller Machine (ATM) for the Gandhi family”. “When I have come here, let me ask you. Should people vote for the JD(S) and Congress who believe in Tipu or the BJP which has faith in Rani Abbakka?” Shah asked people. Amit Shah Inaugurates Bharat Mata Mandir in Karnataka's Puttur Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated the Bharat Mata Mandir at Amaragiri in Ishwaramangala of Puttur taluk in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The Mandir, constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore by the Dharmashree Pratisthan Trust, is the second temple for Bharat Mata after the one in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari. CM to inaugurate Kadambotsava Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar informed that Kadambotsava will be celebrated in Banavasi near Sirsi on February 25 and 26 and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will inaugurate it. Speaking at a preliminary meeting held here on Wednesday, Hebbar said that Kadambotsava had not been celebrated for the last two years due to Covid. So, it has been decided to celebrate the festival in a grand manner this year. The authorities have to make all necessary arrangements even in the limited time period left. He said that Kadambotsava should not become a programme of officers and people’s representatives only. It should become a programme in which all parties and common people participate. Lokayukta to receive grievances Lokayukta SP will visit Dandeli on February 16 and will receive complaints/grievances from the public from 11:00 am to 1:00 noon at the Traveller’s Bungalow. The public can file complaints in the prescribed form. Guidelines for farmers' subsidy to be revised: Shobha Karandlaje The Centre will introduce new guidelines for releasing subsidies to farmers for the purchase of farm machinery and tools, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje has said. A major portion of the subsidy is at present set apart for the purchase of tractors and farmers are not able to purchase other farm machineries and tools required for their daily work, she said, inaugurating a three-day farm machinery fair on the premises of the Vivekananda college at Puttur Friday evening. The minister asked youth to explore new methods for producing value added products from coconut as there is huge demand for such products including coconut sugar and coconut milk. Take action against skill game, gambling centres, says Mangaluru ADGP Alok Kumar ADGP (law and order) Alok Kumar said that CCB personnel have been directed to act against skill game and gambling centres that are functioning illegally in the city. The ADGP, who held a grievance meeting for the public, at the city police commissioner’s office here on Friday, said that there were complaints of skill game and gambling centres, massage parlours and matka business, functioning illegally in the city. “If there are any specific complaints of police personnel conniving with the gambling centres, then the concerned can submit a complaint with the evidence to prove it. An inquiry will be conducted, and suitable action will be taken in case of specific complaints,” he said. He said that a meeting of representatives from various medical colleges was also held, to discuss about the drive against the drugs menace. “Drives against the drugs menace will continue in Mangaluru and Manipal. Colleges have been asked to take measures to check the drug menace inside their campuses. Meanwhile, police officials have also been directed to continue the drive against drug consumption in the city, especially in paying guest (PG) accommodations. Police inspectors of the respective areas have been asked to convene meetings of PG accommodation owners, once in three months, and keep monitoring them on a regular basis,” he said. Mangalore University Campus Hosts Threatened Bird Species The Mangalore University campus, situated near here and spread over 353 acres, hosts a variety of bird species including three near-threatened species mentioned in the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a study has revealed. The study, ‘A checklist of avifauna of Mangalore University’ by five researchers, was published in the 'Journal of Threatened Taxa,' an international scientific journal on conservation, on January 26 last. The nine-year study from 2013 to 2021 was conducted by researchers and birdwatchers K Maxim Rodrigues, K Vineeth Kumar, Vivek Hasyagar, M C Prashanth Krishna and Deepak Naik. The study recorded a total of 150 bird species belonging to 18 orders and 56 families in the campus which was published in the international journal, Maxim Rodrigues, one of the researchers, told PTI. Amit Shah’s roadshow in Mangaluru cancelled over security concerns: BJP district unit A roadshow of Union Home Minister Amit Shah which was planned in Mangaluru on Saturday has been cancelled due to security reasons, according to the local BJP unit. Shah, who is scheduled to participate in functions in Puttur taluk during the day, is likely to reach Mangaluru in the evening. The BJP Dakshina Kannada district unit had considered holding a roadshow in the city. Groups clash over minor accident in Mangaluru Tension prevailed at Ganeshpura-Kaikamba under Surathkal police station limits here after a clash between two groups over a minor accident. A complaint and counter-complaint have been filed in this connection, police said on Thursday. Sources said the clash broke out over the issue of a car brushing past a bike on Wednesday night. Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Goa CM to urge Centre to provide Wi-Fi facility in train coaches Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said he would write to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to install Wi-Fi facility in train coaches. Sawant was talking to reporters after returning to Goa from Mangaluru (in neighbouring Karnataka) where he had travelled by train to attend a function. He returned to Goa on Thursday by Netravati Express. “I travelled by train and noticed a couple of issues. The important issue is that there should be Wi-Fi connectivity in train,” he said. The CM said he would write to Railway Minister, urging him for the same. He also stressed on the need for increasing connectivity between Goa and Mangaluru. Pancharatna Yojana will address several problems: HDK “JD(S) has launched the Pancharatna Yojana to offer solutions to problems including poverty, lack of quality education in government schools, and poor facilities and services in government hospitals,” said former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. Addressing a public meeting at Gangavali after launching the JD(S) Pancharatna Yatra in Uttara Kannada district on Wednesday, Kumaraswamy said that the credit of waiving farmers’ loans goes to him and JD(S). The problem of forest encroachers in Uttara Kannada is yet to be solved. It is not possible for either Congress or the BJP to implement programmes that can ensure peaceful lives for every family in the State. It is only the JD(S) that understands the pulse of people and responds to their problems. Kumaraswamy promised good (big) schools in gram panchayat level, the establishment of well-equipped hospitals, financial aid to fishermen, and other facilities if they are elected. Konkanis Should Promote Their Language, Literature: Goa Chief Minister The Konkani community should strive to promote their language, art and literature across the globe, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said. He was speaking after unveiling the brass statue of community leader late Basti Vaman Shenoy and a portrait of former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the World Konkani Centre (WKC) at Shaktinagar here late Wednesday evening. Mr Sawant also inaugurated the centre for excellence for empowerment of Konkani people at the WKC. The function was organised as part of the two-day World Konkani Samaroh which began at the centre on Wednesday. Mr Sawant said the works of art and literature by the Konkani people need to be rec Temple priest confronts Kumaraswamy over his ‘anti Brahmin’ remarks Days after his controversial statement that Union Minister Pralhad Joshi belonged to a sect of Brahmins, which lacks culture and divides society, a temple priest here on Wednesday confronted JD(S) leader H D Kumarswamy, expressing displeasure over his remarks, and urged him to clarify. Akhila Karnataka Brahmana Mahasabha has condemned Kumaraswamy’s “anti Brahmin” statements and there are reports about protests condemning the JD(S) leaders from various parts of the state. Facing criticism from the community, political leaders, especially the BJP, and various sections, the former Chief Minister clarified that his statement was misconstrued, and it was not at all directed towards Brahmins. Sankalp Yatra will begin from coast: Kateel “It was Rahul Gandhi who took out the Bharat Jodo Yatra. But in reality, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who united India from Kanyakumari to Kashmir,” said State BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel. He noted this while speaking after inaugurating a meeting of Page Pramukhs of Bhatkal-Honnavar Assembly constituency at Janata Vidyalaya in Shirali in Bhatkal. “It was Bhatkal constituency that inspired the BJP to flourish in the coastal area of the State. Therefore, the first BJP convention will be held in Bhatkal itself and the Sankalp Yatra will be launched in the coastal area,” he said. Indrali RoB across Mangaluru-Mumbai railway line will be complete by March: PWD Engineers from the National Highways Division of the State Public Works Department informed the Udupi district administration that the two-lane parallel road overbridge (RoB) across the Mangaluru-Mumbai railway line at Indrali on National Highway 169 will be completed in about three months. This was informed to Deputy Commissioner M. Kurma Rao, who chaired a meeting on widening NH 169A to four lane, between Malpe and Hebri in the district. The existing two-lane RoB near Indrali between Udupi and Manipal has become a bottleneck for smooth traffic flow, while the PWD has proposed a two-lane bowstring bridge parallel to the existing two-lane RoB. ‘Elections will be fought on Savarkar Vs Tipu ideology this time’: BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel  “This time, the State Assembly elections will not be fought between Congress and BJP, but between the ideologies of Savarkar and Tipu. It is up to the people to decide if they want a patriot like Veer Savarkar or a religious fanatic like Tipu,” said BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel. He noted this while speaking after inaugurating a meeting of ‘Page Pramukhs’ of Bhatkal-Honnavar Assembly constituency at Janata Vidyalaya in Shirali in Bhatkal taluk on Tuesday. Honnavar: Police constable ends life  The body of a police constable was found hanging from a tree at the eco beach of Kasarkod in Honnavar taluk on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Ram Nagesh Gowda (30), a police constable at Kundapur Police Station and a native of Hadumaskeri near Gokarna.  Gowda’s elder brother lodged a complaint with the police with regard to the incident. Kerala couple dies by suicide in Mangaluru lodge A middle-aged couple from Kerala allegedly died by suicide inside their lodge room at Falnir in the city on Wednesday, police sources said. The deceased are from Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala. Police raid lodge, busts prostitution racket in coastal Karnataka A lodge in Ujire area of Belthangady taluk in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district was raided and two persons were arrested for allegedly running a prostitution racket from the premises, police said on Wednesday. Five women were rescued during the raid on Tuesday evening, which was conducted after getting information from activists of a civil society organisation. Fifth cruise vessel of season calls on Mangalore port : ‘MS Nautica,’ the fifth cruise vessel of the current season called on New Mangalore Port here. Carrying 550 passengers and 400 crew members, the 180.5 m vessel has 30,277 gross tonnage and has a draft of 6 m, said a release from New Mangalore Port Authority (NMPA) on Wednesday. The vessel came from Muscat to India en route to Male (Maldives) and called on Mumbai and Mormugao ports earlier. Offering a traditional welcome, NMPA arranged their medical screening, immigration and customs counters, 15 coaches of buses, including two shuttle buses for tourists visiting local markets around Mangaluru, taxis, and tourist vans. Cops files FIR after 137 students fall ill in Mangaluru hostel due to suspected food poisoning Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) after at least 137 nursing and paramedical students fell ill due to suspected food poisoning at a private hostel in Mangaluru’s Shaktinagar on Monday. The FIR was registered against City Hospital Admistration Department and City Nursing College Hostel Administration Department for allegedly providing poisonous food to the hostel students and not reporting the incident to the district administration, an official said. “A case has been registered under IPC 1860 (U/s-176,328,337) at Mangaluru East police station. So far 231 students got treatment in 8 different hospitals of the city,” district surveillance officer said in his press release. The FIR was registerd following a complaint by Jagadeesh, a district surveillance officer. Meanwhile, District surveillance officer issued a notice to the hostel do not cook any food in the mess, they said. 49-year-old man gets lifer for raping, impregnating stepdaughter The district additional and sessions court dealing with POCSO cases in Udupi has sentenced a 49-year-old man to life imprisonment in a case related to sexually harassing his minor stepdaughter. The convict, who was found guilty in the sexual harassment case, is Ganesh Nayak. Corruption plaint: Activist alleges harassment by police Activist Mahammed Kabeer, who filed a petition against city police officials at the Lokayukta accusing them of corruption, said he was being harassed ever since he filed the petition and a notice was served to the police. “I get calls regularly from the police commissioner’s office and the DCP’s office. They keep sending notices and keep visiting near my residence,” he said. Children pour grievances before Child Rights Protection Commission : National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Member Secretary Rupali Banerjee Singh lent ears to the grievances related to children at the Police Kalyan Mantap in Karwar on Monday. Most of the grievances/issues were related to the Education Department. As many as 277 school students from different parts of the district participated in the meeting. A total of 380 complaints were submitted to the Commission. After explaining the purpose of the programme, each one was invited to the stage to receive the grievances. The students brought to her notice issues related to a shortage of classrooms in their school, classrooms and school buildings in bad shape needing urgent renovation, absence of compound walls to the schools that pose a threat to students’ security, deprivation of proper playground facilities and lack of proper approach roads to their school and related inconvenience. Govt should clarify its stand regarding Tulu, says Khader Deputy leader of opposition in Assembly and Mangalore MLA UT Khader has demanded clarity on the committee constituted by the government on declaring Tulu as Karnataka’s second official language. Mangaluru police release CCTV footage of suspect who killed staff of jewellery shop The Mangaluru city police have released the CCTV footage of the suspected man involved in the murder of a staff at a jewellery shop in Mangaluru on February 3. With the investigation in the murder in progress, the police have verified the footage recorded in the CCTV of the surrounding areas and have released the footage seeking information on the suspect. Karate instructor gets 10-year jail for sexual assault of minor  The Udupi Additional District and Sessions Court and Fast Track POCSO Court has sentenced a karate instructor to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a total fine of Rs 22,000 on finding him guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year old girl at a karate class in Padubidri. The court judge Srinivasa Suvarna sentenced Umesh Bangera to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed fine of Rs 10,000 each for offences under Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 376 (rape) of IPC respectively. The karate instructor was also sentenced to one-year simple imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 each for offences under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and section 8 of POCSO Act. All the sentences will run concurrently, the judge said. According to the charge sheet submitted by the police, Umesh Bangera raped the girl on February 12, 2020 after co 137 students hospitalised in Karnataka's Mangaluru after food-poisoning As many as 137 nursing and paramedical students staying at a private hostel here have fallen sick due to food poisoning after having dinner, police sources said on Tuesday. The students have been admitted to various hospitals in the city, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said. BJP is Brokers' Janata Party, says KPCC working president  KPCC working president Saleem Ahmed said that the current BJP-led state government is Business Janata Party, Brokers’ Janata Party and Bhrastachara Janata Party, thriving on 40% commission. Udupi: Man loses Rs 1.06L to online fraud A man lost Rs 1,06,826 to online fraudsters, who posed as bank staff and sought updates of KYC. These polls crucial for democracy: BK Hariprasad The upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka is “critical” as it is a battle to protect the nation, constitution and democracy, said BK Hariprasad, opposition leader of the legislative council, while urging voters to exercise their franchise wisely. He was speaking after launching Congress’ Karavali Prajadhwani Yatra at Bellare in Sullia, Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday. ‘Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi’s joblessness is nation’s unemployment’ Taking a dig at the opposition party, Tejasvi Surya, BJP Yuva Morcha national president and MP, said Congress equates the political joblessness of Rahul Gandhi with unemployment rates in the country. Train services affected due to ongoing works To facilitate the non-interlocking work for three days (preliminary works from February 6 to February 8) and complete track renewal work for 24 days (from February 8 to March 3) in the old tunnel at KM 8/500 to 10/000 between Jokkatte and Padil stations, the following changes have been made in the train services: Mangaluru: Auto falls into rivulet, 1 dead A 57-year-old woman died, and three others sustained injuries, after an autorickshaw in which they were travelling, fell into a rivulet at Kapuchadavu in Chibidre village in Belthangady taluk on Friday night. Social media monitoring cell to be strengthened in Puttur, Bantwal: DK SP Superintendent of Police Dr Vikram Amathe said that the district police will strengthen social media monitoring cell at the sub divisional-level in Puttur and Bantwal to keep a tab on provocative speeches and posts. The SP, during an informal interaction with reporters at his chambers on Saturday, said a legal action will be taken against rumour-mongers engaged in spreading misleading information on social media that is aimed at disrupting law and order in the society. Selected police personnel will be trained in monitoring social media and fact-checking. The purpose behind the provocative posts will be verified, he said. ‘Increase subsidised diesel for fishing boats to 500 litres’ A delegation of fishermen, led by MLA K Raghupathi Bhat, met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and demanded fulfillment of their demands. The delegation urged the CM to increase the subsidised diesel for fishing boats to 500 litres. Reduce SSLC pass marks from 28 to 20: Panel to Karnataka govt With an aim to increase the pass percentage in the SSLC examination, the Karnataka Administrative Reform Commission - II has recommended to the state government to reduce passing marks in theory exams from the present 28 marks to 20 marks out of the total 80 marks. The panel, headed by former chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, submitted its fourth and fifth reports to CM Basavaraj Biommai on Friday.  According to the Commission, the Gross Enrolment Ratio of children getting admitted to Pre-University (PU) classes is the lowest among all south Indian states. One of the main reasons for this is students failing SSLC exams. Congress list will be out well in advance, says RVD Mangaluru: Veteran Congress leader and former minister RV Deshpande said that the party will not delay announcement of candidates for the assembly polls this time. He told reporters here on Friday, that the party will not keep the list pending till the last minute. “Party leaders have already held discussions, and decided to release the list of candidates well in advance,” he said. “In the wake of Karavali Dhwani Yatre, scheduled to commence from Sunday, a preparatory meeting has been held with party leaders. The yatre will be held in each constituency, to connect with people, and understand their problems,” he said. “The Congress gave emphasis for industries and tourism in the coastal district during its tenure. However, recently, major software companies have shut down their operations. Though the district has vast potential for overall growth in the industrial sector, expected progress has not been achieved, as the BJP has not shown interest,” Deshpande said. Pointing out the shortage of funds allotted for the MGNREGA in the Union Budget, he said the nation with over 5 crore unemployed citizens and their families will be put to hardship. “This is the contribution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP, which has failed to give emphasis to development and jobs, and multiplied poverty in the nation, has no right to seek votes,” he added. Mangaluru: Jewellery shop staffer murdered A 55-year-old employee of a jewellery shop in Hampankatta was murdered by an unidentified man on Friday. Raghavendra Acharya alias Raghu (55), working in the shop since seven months, was murdered inside the shop by an unidentified man, Mangaluru Commissioner of Police N Shashi Kumar said. The incident occurred when Raghu was alone in the shop. When shop owner Keshava Achari arrived at the shop, he noticed a parked two-wheeler, posing a hurdle for parking his car. He called Raghu, who received the call and informed that he was being repeatedly stabbed. Ganja worth Rs 27 lakh seized, 3 arrested Three people have been arrested on the charge of drug-trafficking near here, police said on Wednesday. Ganja worth Rs 27 lakh, a car and other items, totally worth Rs 32.07 lakh, were seized from the three. K’taka Guv attends Coast Guard’s Raising Day celebration Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday said over the past two decades the importance of maritime trade and commerce has become increasingly evident, as reflected in the growing Indian economy and rise in domestic and international maritime traffic. Speaking at the Indian Coast Guard’s 47th Raising Day event here, the Governor emphasised the importance of the Indian Coast Guard in protecting the nation’s maritime frontiers. BJP must not field candidate against Pramod Muthalik, says Sri Ram Sene Sri Ram Sene state general secretary Anand Shetty Adyar said that the BJP should not field its candidates in Karkala, the constituency currently represented by energy, Kannada and culture minister V Sunil Kumar. Bhatkal: Coastal district officers transferred in wake of elections In the wake of the approaching Assembly elections, several tahsildars and police officers have been transferred as per the instructions of the Election Commission. Union Budget gets mixed response from coastal districts While there was not much gain for the coast, the common man, especially the salaried class, considering it was finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s last full Union Budget of the Modi 2.0 government, captains of industry here offered divergent views on its impetus on growth and job creation. While, M Ganesh Kamath, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, termed it as a very progressive budget, with focus on growth, sustainability and job creation, BA Nazeer, president, Canara Plastic Manufacturers & Traders Association (CPMTA), doubted its employment generation potential, saying there should have been schemes for increasing employment, as jobs have been affected by economic slowdown, and industries are still unable to create employment. However, Nazeer stated that the finance minister presented a budget with new ideas, by giving impetus to infrastructural development. “The focus of the budget is infrastructural development. K’taka CM to inaugurate first Yakshagana Sammelana in Udupi The first state-level Yakshagana Sammelana to be held in Udupi will be inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on February 11. The two-day event is being organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture. Mangaluru: Two killed in hit-and-run incident Two persons lost their lives and another was injured when a speeding car knocked them down at Padupanambur near here, police sources said. The accident occurred late Wednesday night on National Highway-66, some 30 km from here. The deceased have been identified as Bablu (23) and Achal Singh (30) of Madhya Pradesh. Anish (42) of Kerala was injured and has been admitted to a hospital, police said. KCCI welcomes budget, says it’s good roadmap for the future Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Wednesday said the Union budget is an excellent blueprint to provide a good roadmap for the future of the country. In a statement here, KCCI president Ganesh Kamath said the announcement on the Spatha Rishi theme would positively impact the economy of the region. The provision of Rs 6000 crore under a new sub-scheme – PM Matsya Sampada Yojana – would benefit south Kanara region, he said. The budget lays focus on infrastructure development which has been increased by 33 per cent over last year’s budget. KCCI hopes this outlay would address connectivity issues of Mangaluru, especially with Bengaluru. Bharath Shetty failed to develop Mangaluru North: BA Mohiuddin Bava Bharath Shetty failed to develop Mangaluru North: BA Mohiuddin Bava Amathe Vikram is new Dakshina Kannada SP Amathe Vikram took charge as the 136th superintendent of police of Dakshina Kannada on Wednesday. He was serving as the Intelligence SP. Mangaluru: Two students end life by suicide Two students, in separate incidents, ended their life by suicide. Fourteen-year-old Jnanesh ended his life after his mother took him to task for excessive usage of mobile phone at Kotimura in Padavu B Village. Jnanesh, a student of ninth standard, was saddened after his mother scolded him for excessive use of mobile phone. Later, he informed the family members that he will go for a bath. When he did not return, his father Jagdeesh peeped through the window and saw Jnanesh hanging from the ceiling. A case has been registered. Disruption in water supply issue rocks MCC's monthly meeting Many places across the city have been facing disruption in water supply since a few weeks, corporators, cutting across party lines, charged during the Mangaluru City Corporation’s (MCC) monthly meeting held on Tuesday. The corporators alleged that Boloor, Kodialbail, Ashoknagara, Mannagudda, Kudroli, Surathkal, Mukka, Katipalla, Krishnapura and other wards had been facing an acute shortage of water. Many remote areas were receiving water once in three to four days, they added. Congress corporator Abdul Rauf said though 160 MLD water is pumped daily from the Thumbe Vented Dam, about 40 to 50 MLD water does not reach the city. New pipelines are being laid under Jalasiri scheme envisioned to supply 24 X 7 water supply to all wards. No steps had been taken to increase the sources of water, he added. Former mayor Shashidhar Hegde added the need to check leakage of water and strengthen the distribution lines. Bid to smuggle 43 kg sandalwood; 1 held Forest Department officials in Udupi district on Wednesday said they have seized 43 kg of sandalwood and taken one person into custody for trying to smuggle it. The accused was Ashok of Moodubelle in Udupi taluk, said the officials. Fazil should have got compensation from govt, says BJP MLA Mangaluru City North BJP MLA Y Bharat Shetty on Tuesday said that Fazil, who was murdered in Surathkal on July 28 last year, should have got the compensation from the government like others as per the rules. Shetty also said that the Dakshina Kannada district administration had sent a proposal to the State Government seeking compensation for Fazil’s family. Asked why he did not visit Fazil’s grieving family that resides in Mangaluru North represented by him, Shetty said that he stayed away as he did not want to add to the tension that prevailed at the time of the killing. The first-time MLA was speaking at an interaction programme at Mangaluru Press Club. Karnataka: Man tries to recharge fastag with 'helpline number' on net, loses Rs 99,997 in cyber fraud A man from Brahmavara in Udupi who tried recharging his fastag account by calling the helpline number available on the net lost Rs 99,997.  Francis Pius who was travelling from Brahmavara to Mangaluru in his four-wheeler was about to cross the toll plaza in Hejamady and realized that his fastag balance was low on January 29.  Leprosy rate in Uttara Kannada Higher than national average The number of leprosy cases is increasing at an alarming rate in Uttara Kannada district. The severity of the increase in the number of cases in the district is such that it has surpassed the national average and the state average put together. Experts have opined that it would be even more severe if there was no pandemic. Surathkal killing: After VHP leader 'admits' to murder, victim's father demands his arrest Close on the heels of VHP Dakshina Prantha Joint Secretary Sharan Pumpwell’s claim that they killed Mohammed Fazil in retaliation for the murder of Praveen Nettaru, Fazil’s father Ummar Farooq has urged the Commissioner of Police N Shashi Kumar to arrest  the former immediately.  Sharan Pumpwell during a programme in Tumakur on Sunday had claimed that Fazil’s murder in Surathkal was retaliation for the murder of Praveen Nettaru in Sullia. Hubballi-Ankola rly line: Wildlife board for relook into proposal In a fresh setback to the long-pending Hubballi-Ankola railway line, the standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBW) has directed the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to hold further discussions on the project proposal and steps needed to reduce ecological damage. The committee, at its recent meeting chaired by Union Minister for Environment and Forests Bhupender Yadav, favoured integrated approach for development of the railway line as well as the proposed highway widening works to mitigate ecological damage. SDPI will contest in all seats in Dakshina Kannada MANGALURU: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) state election in-charge Afsar Kodlipete said that the party will contest from 100 seats in the upcoming Assembly election. He told reporters here on Monday that the state committee of the SDPI has already released a list of 54 candidates. “We will field candidates in all the eight constituencies of Dakshina Kannada. The SDPI will contest elections in the state for development and to eliminate corruption,” he said. He said an economic crisis akin to the one in Sri Lanka will not be far away if BJP continues in power in India. “BJP MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal says that if he had Rs 2,500 crore, he would have become the chief minister. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi says ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khane Dunga’, no action has been initiated even when the contractors’ association Karnataka levelled allegations of 40% commission in public works. A minister was sacked but no further action has been initiated. BJP MPs and MLAs are not capable of seeking Rs 12,000 crore towards GST share from the central government. While BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel asks workers to concentrate on ‘love jihad’ instead of roads and drainage development, IT and BT companies in the state are looking at Tamil Nadu and other states,” he said. IndiGo Begins Daily Flight Service To Delhi From Mangaluru IndiGo airlines began daily flight service to New Delhi from Mangaluru.          Flight number 6E6303 will leave from New Delhi at 2.55 pm and reach Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) at 6.05 pm. Flight number 6E6304 will leave from MIA at 6.35 pm and reach New Delhi at 9.35 pm.          In the flight that left for Delhi on Friday, 147 passengers were on board. On Saturday, 170 people have already booked their tickets to travel to New Delhi from Mangaluru, a release from the airline said on Saturday.          Mangaluru: Teen girl found dead inside washroom A 16-year-old girl was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the washroom of a house in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, police said on Sunday. The girl has been identified as Afifa, daughter of Abdul Razak, a resident of Kaje Mane in Kaniyur village of the taluk. The exact cause of the death is yet to be ascertained though it is suspected to be cardiac arrest. The girl and her father had travelled to Gerukatte school from their home on Saturday. Later, her father left her in Kuppetti and went to Mangaluru. 65-Year-Old Mangaluru Man Kills Bedridden Wife, Self  A 65-year-old man killed his bedridden wife before hanging himself in their apartment here on Saturday, police said. The dead have been identified as Dinesh Rao (65) and Shailaja (64). Rao had been a retired manager of a bank. The police said the woman had been bedridden due to illness for the last six to eight years. A nurse had been employed to take care after the couple in their flat. City police commissioner N Shashi Kumar, who visited the scene, told reporters that the two had been found dead. Corruption charge against police: Karnataka Lokayukta seeks report  Karnataka Lokayukta has served a notice to city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar to examine the allegations of corruption at Ullal police station on the suburbs of the city and submit a report. The Lokayukta ordered that the investigation report and other documents should be produced by February 14. The notice is served based on the complaint lodged by social worker Mohammed Kabeer, a resident of Ullal. Mangaluru: Forest officer gets 5-year jail term in disproportionate assets case A range forest officer (RFO) in Karnataka has been sentenced to five years imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 crore in a disproportionate assets case. S Raghava Patali, a resident of Derebail Konchady, range forest officer of Sahyadri zone of Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district, was convicted and sentenced to jail on Friday by the third additional district and sessions (special) court judge B B Jakati. Udupi : FIR filed against two for beating dog to death in college premises Karnataka Police have registered an FIR against two persons on charges of brutally killing a dog in Udupi district, the police said on Saturday. The police said that the incident took place in the premises of Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology & Management in Bantakal, near Udupi. The accused have been identified as warden Nagaraj and Rajesh. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the accused allegedly committed the brutal act after they found a student playing with the dog in the college premises. The head of Madhvaraj Animal Care Trust, Babita Madhavraj, said that Nagaraj and Rajesh put the dog in a gunny bag and then beat it to death. Later, they took the dead dog in a college vehicle and dumped it elsewhere. Drug cases against medicos sees ‘Brand Mangaluru’ getting hit Mangaluru, a major educational hub in south India, has of late been in the news for the wrong reasons, with the arrest of a few medical practitioners and medical students on charges of drug consumption. The city was rocked by charges of cannabis use and peddling by the medical students and a few doctors. A total of 22 people, including doctors, were arrested by the police recently in different cases and the wide media attention it received considerably dented the image of the city as a premier hub of educational institutions. BJP govt cheated people in Malnad-coastal belt in Karnataka: Cong leader  The BJP government in Karnataka has betrayed the people in the Malnad and coastal region of the State by giving false promises on development projects which was never implemented, AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Wednesday. Addressing reporters here after a meeting of leaders from six districts in the region to take stock of the political situation ahead of the assembly polls, he said the Congress has decided to hold a Karavali-Malnad Dwani Yatra, focusing on the development of the region. He said the party aims to build a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Malnad-coastal region once it attains power in the State. The Congress will fight communal polarisation 'promoted' by the BJP in the region, he said. Will draw master plan to promote coastal tourism: CM Bommai Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said that a master plan will be drawn up to promote culture and temple tourism in Coastal Karnataka in order to improve the economy of the state. Speaking after inaugurating the statue of Parashurama atop Umikal Hill here, he said, “There are ample opportunities for tourism here and already a number of schemes have been chalked out. The people of this area are hardworking and to make their life more meaningful this region requires tourism as well as industries but they required infrastructure.” Karnataka CM releases silver jubilee logo of Udupi journalists’ association Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday released the logo of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Udupi district working journalists’ association at Karkala taluk sports grounds. ‘Communal harmony can counter external forces involved in terrorism’: Minister S Angara District In-charge Minister S Angara laid emphasis on religious harmony after hoisting the tricolour and receiving the guard of honour from armed reserve police during the Republic Day celebrations at Ajjerkad Maidan on Thursday. While delivering the Republic Day address, he spoke on the importance of communal harmony to counter external forces engaged in terrorism. ‘’It is time to move beyond caste, community, language, religious divisions and focus on the issues that divide Indians. To build a strong India based on its unique heritage, different religions and faiths must work together, he added.’’ He said Rs 279.91 crore was set aside for the development of fish industry. Citizens should uphold aspirations of Constitution: Minister V Sunil Kumar District In-charge Minister V Sunil Kumar said the district is a ‘laboratory for nationalism’. He was addressing the gathering after unfurling the national flag during the Republic Day celebrations organised by the district administration at Nehru Maidan on Thursday. Belgian breed dogs join canine squad in airport safety Two dogs of Belgian Malinois breed joined the canine squad of CISF that overlooks the security of the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA). Max and Ranger are the two dogs that joined the CISF canine squad. Max stood first and Ranger was second in the training that was held at the dog breeding and training centre of CISF at Taralu in Bengaluru, a release from the MIA here said. First mobile crematorium in Karnataka launched in Kundapur The first mobile crematorium in Karnataka has been launched at Mudoor in Kundapur of Udupi district. The Mudoor primary agricultural cooperative society took the decision to address the cremation issues of mortal remains people belonging to rural areas, society president Vijaya Shastri and CEO Prabhakar Poojary said in a release. Mangaluru: UP native held for bid to molest girl  A 23-year-old man has been arrested on charge of attempting to molest a minor girl at Maravoor in Mangaluru taluk, Karnataka, police said on Thursday. He was identified as Gopal Binda, a native of Uttar Pradesh, said the police. According to a complaint from the girl’s parents who are labourers from the northern region, the man sneaked into the room of the workers and tried to sexually assault the girl. The incident was reported on January 23. Man sets himself ablaze in van A 46-year-old man ended his life by setting himself afire in his van at Mundkoor village in Udupi district of Karnataka, police said on Thursday. The deceased was Krishna Safaliga, the owner-cum-driver of the van that was used as a taxi, the police said. Late Wednesday, he sat in the vehicle, poured petrol on his person and set himself ablaze. He had returned from a ‘mehendi’ programme at his brother’s house before taking the extreme step the reason for which is not known, the police said. Media and false news ruining impressionable young minds, opines Bhatkal Medical officer Dr. Savita Kamath False news spreads much quicker than real news. We should understand that if any news spreads very quickly then there is a high likelihood of it being fake, says Dr. Savita Kamath, Medical Officer of the Bhatkal taluka Govt. hospital. Schoolchildren oppose transfer of teachers Students, parents, SDMC members and villagers staged a flash protest in front of the government-upgraded higher primary school in Nerla, Ichlampady in Kadaba taluk, about 60 kms from here on Wednesday morning, over the transfer of two teachers. The government had decided to transfer ‘excess teachers from government schools that do not have enough admissions. However, the counselling of these ‘excess teachers’ for transfer, scheduled for Tuesday, has been cancelled due to technical issues. It has been postponed to a later date. Congress to hold ‘Karavali Dhwani’ in coastal districts from Feb 5 Congress will organise a 30-day ‘Karavali Dhwani’ yatre across 26 Assembly constituencies in coastal districts from February 5 onwards, AICC general secretary and in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Wednesday. He told reporters at the District Congress Committee (DCC) office that the yatre will focus on creating awareness among people on the need to maintain communal harmony and against the misdoings of BJP-led state government. Drug cases involving medicos in Karnataka: Experts question police probe Law and forensic experts on Tuesday questioned the manner of police investigation into drug cases involving some doctors and medical students. Addressing reporters here, Mangaluru Bar Association vice president Manoraj Rajeeva alleged that the law enforcing agencies have not dealt with the cases in a fair manner. Nat’l Voters’ Day awards for DK ZP CEO, Udupi DC Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat chief executive officer (CEO) Kumar has bagged the National Voters’ Day Award at the state-level for his participation in the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme of the Election Commission of India. ZP CEOs Ukesh Kumar (Kolar), Kumar (Dakshina Kannada) and Rahul Shinde (Vijayapura) have been selected for the award under the best ZP CEO category. The ECI will celebrate the 13th National Voters’ Day on January 25 and a state-level programme will be held in Bengaluru. Activists demand probe into murder of SC youth, stage protest Members of Dalit Sangharsh Samithi (Ambedkar Vaada), Belthangady unit, staged a protest outside Dharmasthala police station on Monday and demanded a high-level probe into the murder of Sreedhar from Shibaje who hails from the SC community. Earlier, a Dharmasthala police station chalo rally was taken out from Nethravathi bathing ghats to Dharmasthala police station. Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik to contest poll as independent from Karkala Chief of right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene Pramod Muthalik on Monday said he has decided to contest the upcoming Assembly polls in Karnataka from Karkala Assembly constituency to fight against corruption and for the cause of Hindutva. The polls are likely by May. “Under pressure from karyakartas, I decided to contest as an independent candidate from the Karkala Assembly segment. Already, I have travelled across the constituency seven or eight times, and everyone is of the opinion that Muthalik should contest from here as there have been injustice to Hindus and rampant corruption,” Muthalik said. Speaking to reporters here, he said he is contesting so that he can work honestly for the cause of Hindutva and against corruption. “My contest will be with an aim to give the Hindus justice and respect,” he added. Mangaluru: 783 taken off list of rowdy-sheeters  Names of 783 people listed as rowdy-sheeters have been cleared, considering their behaviour and conduct, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said on Monday. Speaking at a ‘Parivartana Meet’ here, he said there were a total of 2,305 names on the list. BJP turning coastal Karnataka into Hindutva laboratory: Siddaramaiah The ruling BJP is trying to turn coastal Karnataka into a laboratory of Hindutva for their political advantage, Opposition Leader in the state assembly Siddaramaiah said on Sunday. Addressing reporters in Udupi, Siddaramaiah said BJP leaders are more interested in speaking about ‘love jihad’ than development issues. BJP is spreading lies in the name of Hindutva to cause division in society, the Congress leader alleged. He said Hinduism and Hindutva are entirely different. The former chief minister, who was in Udupi as part of the ‘Praja Dhwani’ programme of Congress, said people have come to realise the mindset of the BJP. Congress believes in spreading love among the people regardless of their religion, he said. Man thrashed by public for molesting girl in Mangaluru A 35-year-old man was beaten up by public for allegedly molesting a minor girl and he was handed over to the police on Saturday. The accused has been identified as a resident of Ullal, police said. Mangaluru: Cong announces 10 point charter for coast, increase in diesel subsidy for fishermen Leader of Opposition in Council B K Hariprasad announced Dasa Sankalpa (10 points charter) for Karavali region during Praja Dhwani Yatre held at Karavali Utsav grounds in Mangaluru on Sunday. He said development of the 'coastal region' will be the first priority of the Congress which aims at generation of employment, investment, tourism, and harmonious growth. For this, he said  Sri Swami Vivekananda Communal and Social Harmony Committee’ will be formed in every gram panchayat with appropriate grants and plans. Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar announced The Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan, World Konkani Centre, Mangaluru, has selected B. Shantharam Baliga and Lavina M. Noronha for Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar – 2022 for their outstanding contribution in service to society. Dr. Baliga has been selected for the award considering his contributions in the neonatal critical care sections in the district hospitals which has resulted in the reduction of infant mortality ratio and contribution in malaria control in the region. He is a practicing pediatrician and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru. He has rendered selfless service to the public health sector by going beyond the call of duty. He has put in over 40 years of pioneering service towards improving neonatal care and child care in the public health sector in the region and State. Ms. Noronha has been chosen for her contribution to the terminally ill and Alzheimer’s patients by setting up Ave Maria Palliative Care Hospice and Susheg Jivith Neuro Care Centre in Mangaluru. Ms. Noronha has been efficiently managing the 15-bed hospice with utmost professionalism, taking along an equally dedicated team of doctors, nurses, care givers and volunteers. Earlier, she had served as an associate professor and director of the MSW Programme at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Yesvantpur-Murdeshwar Express services extended Railways has decided to extend the services of Train no. 06563/06564 Yesvantpur-Murdeshwar Weekly Special Express with existing timing, stoppages, composition in coordination with South Western Railway. Train no. 06563 Weekly Special Express, runs every Saturday from Yesvantpur and was earlier notified up to January 28. Now, the services have been extended on February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Train no. 06564 Weekly Special Express, runs every Sunday from Murdeshwar and earlier notified up to January 29. Now, the service has been extended on February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21 and 28. ‘BJP playing religion card to win election’ KPCC president D K Shivakumar mocked the BJP for projecting Modi to campaign in the state, in contrast to their previous decision to make Bommai the face of Karnataka elections. Speaking to reporters, on the sidelines of ‘Praja Dhwani’ convention here, Shivakumar said that the BJP government would be in power for not more than 60 days. The countdown has begun. The BJP is playing the religion card. Congress, on the other hand, is concerned about eliminating poverty and hunger. Shivakumar claimed that when the state was suffering the brunt of nature’s wrath, Modi was not present to console the victims. In spite of sending 25 BJP MPs from Karnataka, no meetings were held to discuss the state’s problems. Siddaramaiah slams BJP for not banning SDPI ‘to divide votes’ Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre did not ban the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) with an intention to divide votes. The Centre banned only the Popular Front of India (PFI) but spared its political wing SDPI to ensure that the votes get divided, Siddaramaiah, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said while addressing the ‘Prajadhwani Yatra’ of the Congress in Udupi. Siddaramaiah likened the PFI to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the SDPI to the BJP. He also termed as baseless the allegations by the BJP that that the Congress government led by him had released PFI or SDPI activists involved in criminal activities or communal violence from jail. Miscreants try to run car over 2 cops in Karnataka's Mangaluru Two cops, on patrol duty at Arkula Junction in Mangaluru rural police station limits, escaped death by a whisker after miscreants tried to run them down in the early hours of Friday. Assurances of ₹2,000 to women, 200 units of free power will be implemented if Congress comes to power: Parameshwar The assurances, including giving ₹2,000 to women and providing 200 units of free power, which have been made by the party during the Prajadhwani Yatra, will be implemented if the Congress comes to power, said G. Parameshwara, Chairman of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s Manifesto, Policy and Vision Committee, here on Saturday.