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Now, entry to Market via Southern Gate opposite Chikka Gadiyara

Caption: CM Siddharamaiah seen inspecting the collapsed Northern Gate of Devaraja Market building along with other VIPs this morning.

Mysuru, Aug. 30- In the wake of the collapse of a portion of the 135-year-old Devaraja Market building in the heart of the city on Sunday evening, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah this morning went on a spot inspection of the Northern side of the Market building where debris clearance work was in progress.

Prior to the inspection, the CM was apprised about the incident by Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep and Mysuru City Corporation in-charge Commissioner Dr. M. Mahesh.

Speaking to media persons later, the Chief Minister said that a final decision on whether to go ahead with the renovation work or to completely demolish the market building will be taken after discussing the matter with technical experts who are expected to give a report in this regard soon.


     Special Coverage   
   Devaraja Market unfit for renovation: Mayor
   No release of water to Tamil Nadu: Siddu
   Police thwart farmersí bid to lay siege to CADA office
   Female elephant found dead in Virajpet
   Farmers storm Padma theatre to disrupt screening of Tamil movie
   Olympic stars to inaugurate Dasara Sports - 2016 ?
   Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji was the inspiration for 'Vidyasiri' scheme: CM
   Ninaad hosts Hamsalekha Musical Nite
   Dy.SP M.K. Ganapathy & A.M. Prasad had verbal spat
     Feature Article  

By T.J.S. George

There is no end to books coming out on India. On Narendra Modi alone there are already more than a dozen. Expect more. Obviously the market is good even if some books say nothing a la P.V. Narasimha Rao's two "autobiographies." Journalists, fabled as composers of "the first draft of history," often tend to take sides. When they don't, some worthwhile books come out such as Inder Malhotra's biography of Indira Gandhi. Into this category falls India Rising: Fresh Hopes, New Fears by Ravi Velloor, a Delhi journalist who went to Singapore and turned himself into an institution there.

What makes this book eminently readable is its story-telling style. Velloor's account of the 2004 tsunami is a powerful chapter. But there is no hint of the disaster in the opening paragraph which is all about his spending the morning after Christmas Day in 2004 on a golf course in Central New Delhi with three officers of India's admiralty. His telling of Bangalore's IT revolution starts, not with Narayana Murthy or Azim Premji, but with Arjun Kalyanpur, a radiologist who sits in his villa in Whitefield and reads scan results of a patient being examined in a Chicago Hospital. Even the terrorist attack in Mumbai comes alive with the Velloor touch. "Jai Arya, executive Vice-President of the Bank of New York's Singapore operations and his wife Rohini were dining [at the Oberoi Trident] with Ashok Kapur and his wife Madhu. Ashok, who was my wife's cousin, was Chairman of Yes Bank and had earlier led the Rabobank's Singapore operations and we were frequent visitors at his bungalow." Three paragraphs later, Ashok is dead on the hotel's stairs.

Velloor now holds an exalted position in Singapore's Straits Times, but his real strength remains the reporter's blood coursing through his veins. Operating out of Delhi in the 1980's, he was amazingly networked, his quiet and subdued nature earning the trust of his contacts. The reporter's approach helps Velloor come...more

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