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  June 26, 2016
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Mysuru, June 26- An awareness rally by about 500 people marked the observance of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking,’ organised by the City Police here this morning.

The rally, comprising City Police (Civil, Traffic and CAR), School children, nursing college students, representatives of de-addiction centres and various NGOs, was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple at the North Gate of the Mysore Palace.

Speaking on the occasion, Shikha said that Governments, organisations and individuals have come together in spreading awareness on the dangers associated with illicit drugs.

Pointing out that the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a global observance, the DC said that the theme this year is ‘Listen First,’ an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and added that the day is being observed to raise widespread awareness of the problems t...more

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   SJCE student commits suicide
   High Court directs KPSC to consider KSOU students
   Merchants Co-op. Bank fetes meritorious students
   Natana's theatre training camp begins
   200 climb Chamundi Hill against sexual abuse
   Two-day International Conference on ‘Advances in Collaborative Research’


A few days back, an old Star of Mysore addict from N.R. Mohalla, Mysuru, Noorana landed in my office with his usual broad smile exposing his gleaming molars. He was in Delhi for long in the Central Government job but now in Bengaluru as Chief Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., (IOC) in its Marketing Division.

Ha... Ha... blah... blah... over, we got into worldly conversation from shoe laces to kings and cabbages. As we started sipping tea, our conversation veered towards the young people with their own ideas of family-bonding, acquiring property, the rat-race for earning money leaving behind family values etc. It was then Noorana recalled a WhatsApp sent to him by a friend in Delhi. I thought I would share it with my readers who may not have read it. Those who have, please bear with me.

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eye...more

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"Destiny is too good a person to strike with warning beforehand.”— Oscar Wilde

By Dr. M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan, IAS

When I was in my early 20s a new thing had come to occupy my mind — destiny. I was at the threshold of starting a career and hadn’t a clue about what life had in store for me. When I was a kid our family also had experienced its share of bad luck with the sudden demise of my father in an accident. This incident was attributed to the malefic influence of planets by some of my relatives. This was plausible because the tragedy could not have been explained otherwise.

An uneasy question lingered in me, the meaning and the purpose of destiny which increasingly started to trouble me because as every teenager I wanted to know my future. Further the ambition to excel in everything added more fuel to this. Then I started my various attempts to study Western, Chinese, Indian and various other forms of predictive sciences. Each system claimed that it was more accurate and finally after spending a year in studying and grasping this subject, I gave up trying to assess them. Finally I realised that these were matters of faith and personal experiences would influence them more than somebody else’s views. Leaving this discussion on that note, I wish to share with you a very tragic happening witnessed during my training in the Department of Surgery.

One 50-year-old man was admitted with a complaint of hernia in the umbilicus. We all know that hernia is because of the weakness of the layers of the abdominal wall, a portion of the contents of the abdomen, that is stomach, intestines tend to protrude out resulting in a small bulge. In this case, there was a small swelling protruding in the region of the belly button. It was not a very painful condition. But on occasions of any strain because of increased intra-abdominal pressure like coughing, sneezing etc., would cause some stab- like pain. Although it was an innocuous condition, still i...more

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