Stone-pelting on Jain seer condemned

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Belagavi: Members of the Jain community, under the banner of Bhagwan Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak Madhyavarthi Utsav Committee, staged a protest in front of deputy commissioner’s office here on Tuesday to condemn the stone-pelting on a Jain seer at Kudachi town in Raibag taluk recently. Though the culprits have been arrested, the sentiments of the community have been hurt, said the Committee. The seer sustained severe injuries in the attack on March 17. Condemning the incident, the Committee urged the authorities to provide police protection to Jain seers during their travel…

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Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide in Hukkeri

Belagavi: Depressed due to loss of crop and notice to repay bank loan, a 38-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Hukkeri taluk late on Tuesday. Vittal Kallappa Tapasi, a resident of Madihalli village, cultivated maize and sugarcane on his 2-acre land. But the crops dried due to inadequate rainfall. He had taken Rs 3 lakh loan from a nationalized bank in Hukkeri and also borrowed about Rs 4 lakh from relatives and other sources. Vittal was depressed after the bank served him notice recently, said police. The…

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Irate villagers set boxes of liquor on fire

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Hubballi: Enraged by the authorities’ failure in curbing the illegal sale of liquor, women and youths damaged a microvan which was carrying cartons of liquor and set on fire 30 boxes of liquor at Harijan Keri in Dambal village, Gadag district, on Wednesday. Protesters broke the window of the van as soon as it arrived in the area. They demanded the visit of Gadag deputy commissioner to the spot. The villagers said that they do not police to tackle illegal activities as they are capable of doing it on their…

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Congress leader lauds BJP MLA

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Dharwad: Former Gadag MLA and Congress leader D R Patil sprang a surprise on Wednesday as he heaped praises on Hubballi-Dharwad West MLA Arvind Bellad, who represents the BJP, for taking up pro-poor projects in the constituency. Accompanying Siddeshwar Swami of Jnanayogashrama, Vijayapura, D R Patil visited the group housing complex constructed under the “House for All” scheme with initiation from Bellad. Impressed by the work, he said that Bellad had done a good job and he will have the blessings of the poor. “Bellad will be re-elected and our…

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Demand to restrict sale of liquor

Hubballi: The Panch Trust has demanded that the sale of liquor be restricted between 6pm and 9pm. President of the Trust, M Satyanarayana said that the current timing for sale from 8am to 10pm is encouraging liquor consumption among youths, affecting their health. “Family members of drunkards are suffering from unnecessary poverty due to this habit of youths,” he said. Anna Dorai, vice-president of the Trust, said that financial crisis of families of alcoholic people is also hitting the country’s economy. “The government is only looking at the revenue from…

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Mystery message to MLC Pradeep Shettar asks him to join terrorism

Hubballi: MLC Pradeep Shettar claims that he received threat messages from the mobile of an unknown person, urging him to support terrorism. The message reads: “Join hands with terrorism, Osma Bin laden our god” (sic). He received this message on Sunday, and brought it to the notice of the police commissioner on Wednesday. He submitted a memorandum seeking an inquiry into the issue and protection to his life. Pradeep told TOI: “It is an attempt to prevent him from touring the districts to strengthen the party and seek votes for…

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Gang smuggling sambar horns nabbed in Belagavi

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Belagavi: A special investigation team of the CCB has nabbed five people allegedly involved in smuggling horns of sambar weighing 11.25kg at Belagundi village in Belagavi taluk. The accused include three people who killed the endangered species and collected their horns with an intention to sell them in the international market. Nagesh Madar, 23, Ramachandra Dalavi, 26, residents of Manaturga village in Khanapur taluk, and Ravindra Kolkar, 27, of Hadalaga, polished the horns till they turned white to cheat buyers, saying that they are elephant tusks. Prospective buyers Parashram Nilajkar,…

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Heavy rain causes havoc; shops, houses inundated in Dharwad

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Dharwad: Heavy rainfall, which lashed Dharwad city on Monday evening, brought in bountiful of woes to the residents and also some shop-owners. The ongoing road widening work to facilitate BRTS added to the woes of people as water gushed into ditches and low-lying areas, making the movement of pedestrians and vehicles difficult at several places. Rainwater gushed into the basement of the Shankar Plaza, opposite Kittel College at Pune-Bengaluru Road, causing huge loss to the shop owners. As many as 10 cars and scores of two-wheelers parked on the cellar…

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Medical service on bus can be started in Hubballi: Transport minister

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Hubballi: The government is mulling extending “Golden Hour Ambulance” to Hubballi, said transport minister H M Revanna here on Tuesday. Addressing the 9th Bus Day at Old Bus Stand, Revanna said that the emergency medical system using NWKRTC buses can be introduced in Hubballi if doctors in the city come forward to join the initiative. Through the system, a minimum of 10 people can be provided treatment at a time in case of emergency. The service has already been launched in Bengaluru. Revanna further said, “Bus Day is an initiative…

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