Hunters may have died of electrocution at Karinje

Mangaluru: Electrocution after coming in contact with a temporary and movable electric fence, that was erected to prevent wild animals entering fields, may have been the cause of death of two youngsters, who ventured into the forest at midnight for hunting in Karinje, reveals preliminary reports. It was an extreme passion for hunting that led Gratian and his friend to venture into the forest often to hunt wild boars, porcupines, hares and other animals, said sources. According to sources, they went to hunt as usual, after parking their vehicle in…

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Retired soldier’s house robbed

Mangaluru: Two men barged into the house of a retired soldier and fled away with cash, gold and other valuables. The robbery took place on Wednesday night in Ichlampady, Nellyadi, around 47 km from here. The robbers reportedly fled away with Rs 35,000, 2 ATM cards, 2 mobile phones and a gold bangle. According to a police complaint filed by Vijayan Pillai, 65, the thieves tied his hand, taped his wife Shyamaladevi’s mouth and locked the couple up in a room. The incident took place between 7.30pm and 8pm. Vijayan…

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Students start campaign against acquittal of pub attack accused

Mangaluru: Disappointed over the wholesale acquittal of all the accused in the infamous attack on the Amnesia Pub, that rocked Mangaluru in 2009, students of private colleges in the city have commenced a signature campaign. The signature campaign demands a detailed inquiry into lapses, where 29 accused were acquitted for lack of evidence, recently. According to the campaigners, who are students, the signatures are addressed to home minister Ramalinga Reddy, with a memorandum seeking an inquiry. Various student groups in Bengaluru and Mysuru are also set to join the campaign.…

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Jalapayana held to create awareness on river pollution

Mangaluru: Children of Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra in the city, along with green brigades of the National Environment Care Federation (NECF), took out—‘Jalapayana’—a rally on boat from Sultan Battery to Maravoor on the Phalguni river, to highlight the plight of rivers in Dakshina Kannada district, that are being polluted due to inflow of untreated water and industrial effluents. Children highlighted the significance and current plight of the Phalguni and Nethravati rivers through a Tulu song created by them. Activists spoke on the significance of World Water Day, and the responsibilities of…

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Revive water resources like abandoned wells, plead activists

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Udupi: The residents of Udupi have demanded that the administration concentrate on abandoned water resources instead of imposing water rationing this summer. The municipality has started water rationing once in two days due to shortage of drinking water. Residents want the authorities to clean up abandoned wells and ponds and make them usable. Taranath Meesta, Shirooru, social activist, said, “We want the administration to work on saving water resources rather than ration existing ones. The issue was brought to the notice of the district administration and related departments and we’re…

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30% dip in vehicle sales as govt rushes VAHAN 4 software

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Mangaluru: The rushed and unplanned introduction of VAHAN 4 software in Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) is having a direct bearing on vehicle dealers, RTO staff and customers alike. With VAHAN 4, the government intends to make the RTO paperless and the process of registering vehicles, transfer of ownership and e-payment among other services, more people-friendly. The government has said the upgraded RTOs in Mangaluru, Puttur and Bantwal will open up to the public on Monday. However, if sources in the RTO are anything to go by, things will only get…

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NHAI set to upgrade B’luru-Mysuru highway into a six-lane road

Mysuru: Regular users of the Mysuru-Bengaluru highway have a reason to cheer – the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to upgrade the entire stretch of the highway into a six-lane road, besides proposing to build bypass roads at Bidadi, Ramanagara, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna, initiatives that are expected to decongest traffic on the busy thoroughfare. According to a press release by NHAI, work on widening the road will be taken up in two phases. While the 56km-long stretch between Bengaluru and Nidagatta will be taken…

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JSS Urban Haat Utsav kicks off

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Mysuru: The ten-day ‘JSS Mysuru Urban Haat Utsav’, which provides handicraft artisans a chance to interact directly with customers, and show off their wares, kicked off on Friday. The fair, organised by the development commissioner of handlooms in association with the Union ministry of textiles and the state department of industry and commerce, also includes a handloom expo, handicraft exhibition and Kalavaibhava. Chairman of Cauvery Handlooms, Bengaluru, N Virupaksha said that the Utsav was an ideal platform for artisans and craftsmen to both, showcase, and sell their wares. “Also, the…

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Mangaluru: Septuagenarian honey-trapped, six persons held

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MANGALURU: In yet another incident of honey-trapping, police have arrested six persons for trying to extort money from a 71-year-old retired government employee by offering the victim body massage services by young girls. Police have arrested six persons including three girls in this connection, here on Thursday late night. According sources, one of the accused is son of a Congress leader, whose father always seen with an MLC from Mangaluru. The arrested have been identified as Preethesh, 36, resident of Mission Compound , Jail Road; Ravi Gowda, 42, from Mudigere…

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Mangaluru police, CCB sleuths bust gang of car thieves

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MANGALURU: Sleuths of the City Crime Branch (CCB), in a joint operation with personnel of the Mulki police station on Thursday, busted a notorious gang of car thieves. A total four accused were arrested in this connection, including the kingpin in a fake registration certificate (RC) racket. Police seized five cars valued at Rs 50 lakh from their possession, city police chief T R Suresh said, adding the arrests were carried out based on definite information about the gang’s presence in the Mulki police station limits. Police made the breakthrough…

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