Mysuru Dasara: A better Dasara with more folk troupes

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MYSURU: The nine-day Dasara celebrations will culminate on Friday, with elephant Arjuna carrying the golden howdah, with the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari in it. The city is geared up for the grand procession, with more than 5 lakh tourists, including around 5,000 foreigners, expected to take part. The highlight of this year’s Dasara procession includes mesh barricades, elevated seating arrangements and cultural troupes from across the country. But the procession is expected to be carried out under the threat of cloudy weather and moderate rainfall. According to the Dasara organising…

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Pushed into wedlock, 15-year-old girl ends life

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MANDYA: A month ago, Savita (name changed), 15, a highschool student from Harihara, Ramanagara, was married to 30-year-old Krishna, a resident of Manigere, Maddur taluk. She wanted to study but the marriage put an end to her dreams. Upset, she hanged herself at her husband’s home on Tuesday. Fearing police action, the husband and his family as well as her parents abandoned the body in the house and fled the village. After being alerted by villagers and an NGO, police registered a case under provisions of the Pocso Act and…

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Bollywood stunt master dies as car rams median in Hunsur

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MYSURU : Bollywood action choreographer and stunt master Sattar Ahmed Khan died on Tuesday after the car he was driving rammed a median near Yashodapura in Hunsur taluk. Khan, aka Munna Bhai, 41, died on the spot, while two others who were travelling with him, fellow stunt master Arun Kumar and driver Umesh sustained critical injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in Mysuru. Police said Khan and Kumar, having arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru, were bound for Madikeri to shoot for the climax of Kannada…

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Environmentalists up the ante against proposed elevated roads at Bandipur Tiger Reserve

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Opposing the proposed construction of elevated roads that runs through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, wildlife activists and other like-minded people are set to stage two protests in two different places in Banidpur Tiger Reserve on this Sunday and on October 21 and October 27. The suggestion of the union government to the Supreme Court to allow the movements of vehicles 24×7 on the national highways passing through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, after developing five elevated roads of one kilometer each, has ruffled the feather of wildlife activists. The first protest, which is…

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‘Secularism in India present only in poems’

Mysuru: Lamenting the erosion of secular ethos in Indian society, noted Kannada writer Srikantha Koodige on Monday said, “Secularism in India is present only in poems, but it is absent in reality.” Koodige, who was the chief guest at the Dasara Pradhana Kavi Goshti organised at the Jaganmohan Palace, said, “Poets speak about secularism at length, but in India, even after 72 years since attaining Independence, we have not succeeded in becoming a secular society. Perhaps, we are secular only at night. Every morning, India witnesses crimes, and is peaceful…

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Vajramushti Kalaga to be held on October 19

MYSURU: Vajramushti Kalaga, the centuries-old traditional sport where two pairs of wrestlers battle with ivory-crafted knuckleduster-like weapons, will be held at the Karilallu Thotti in the Mysuru Palace premises on October 19 (Vijayadashami day). Of the four pailwans (wrestlers) participating, two will make their debut. The Vajramushti Kalaga a sport that is held only during the Dasara in Mysuru and that too only within the confines of Mysuru palace. The pailwans are paired based on their height, weight and fitness. Each bout barely lasts 90 seconds — the winner is…

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Heat, street vendors take the sheen off flower show

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Mysuru: One of the major attractions of this year’s Dasara is the Glass House and 12-day flower show at Kuppanna Park in the city. Inaugurated on October 11, the flower show is attracting tourists in large numbers. The replica of various heritage sites, including Mysuru Palace Balarama Gate, Amar Jawan, dancing dolls, Mickey Mouse with mushrooms, Ashoka Pillar etc have been recreated with flowers, especially roses of various hues. The replica of Ashoka Pillar is made with more than 74,000 roses while Balarama Gate of Mysuru Palace has been created…

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RFID tags to be used at Mysore Palace to find missing kids

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MYSUUR: It is the most visited place in the city, and during the Dasara celebrations, the number of people going to the Mysore Palace only increases manifold. The palace covers a vast area, and given the many structures within the complex, one often finds navigating its labyrinthine alleys to be not the easiest of tasks. When the crowds swell, and there is little room to move about, parents understandably grow anxious about the whereabouts of their children, since the possibility of being separated from them often looms large. While announcement…

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