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JUSCO’S TERM ENDS TOMORROW

Board to take over water supply to city

CM convenes high-level meeting in Bengaluru on June 1

Bengaluru/Mysuru, May 30- In what can be said to be a setback for the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which on May 15, 2015 had resolved to take up the task of supplying water to Mysureans after the exit of Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO) on May 31, 2015, the Karnataka Government yesterday decided to handover the task of supplying water to Mysuru to Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS&DB).

It may be noted that the extended 2009 Tripartite Agreement between the MCC, KUWS&DB and JUSCO, authorising JUSCO to undertake the task of supplying water to Mysuru, comes to an end tomorrow.

It is learnt that Chief Minister Siddharamaiah has convened a high-level meeting at his office in Bengaluru at 4 pm on June 1, which will be attended by Mysuru Mayor R. Lingappa, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath and other...more

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   AVN feted on completing 80 years
   Palace property row
 


GENERAL K.S. THIMAYYA: A LEGEND IN HIS LIFETIME - 3

His heart throbbed like a knock-out blow...

[Continued from yesterday]

Thimayya returns to his roots in Mercara, Coorg, on 15th April 1961 to a rousing reception by thousands of people — their Dubbu was back. Still fighting fit, the question was what would he do? One job readily available was that of the Vice-President of United Planters Association of South India (UPASI). He was not inclined. Field Marshal (then General) K.M. Cariappa wrote to Nehru to take Timmy to Rajya Sabha but Nehru writes a nice, negative letter explaining why it is not possible.

An effort at witch-hunting of Thimayya by making politically motivated allegations about him was seen when he received a letter in May that year. Gen. Kaul’s and Menon’s invisible hands were seen in this. Fortunately, since a similar allegation by Kaul against the then Major General Manekshaw proved “false and planted with malicious intent,” the allegations against a retired Gen. Thimayya was not carried forward, so was the guess. But it only showed how vindictive, venomous and inimical persons like Menon and Kaul could be. I see it everyday as a journalist, in our administration. Siddharamaiah’s government seems an example. The number of critical obiter dictum his government has received so far in various cases from the High Court itself is an eloquent testimony.

Timmy spends his time by touring and lecturing for two years, when as if from nowhere, in early 1964 receives a letter from UN Secretary General U Thant to be Force Commander of the UN Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and “move forthwith.” Timmy was happy to return to uniform where he has always been comfortable. Rest is history until his premature death in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 18th December 1965.

It was unlucky indeed for such a colourful, lively, even romantic, sprightly soldier like Timmy to have death knocking at his door while everything looked hunky-dory for him in his new, world class, so to say, posting in Cyprus. He was...more

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REV. FR. LESLIE MORAS TO RETIRE TOMORROW

after serving St. Philomena’s College as Principal for 23 years

Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras, Principal, Professor and HoD of English, is attaining superannuation on May 31, 2015 after a long and phenomenal stint of 30 years as an English teacher and 23 years as Principal of St. Philomena’s College, Bannimantap, Mysuru. Here we publish an article by Dr. A. John Siluvai, HoD, PG Department of English, St. Philomena’s College.

When Fr. Leslie Moras stepped into this campus as a Lecturer in English in the year 1985, it wasn’t just a career for him but a vocation. When the Management appointed him the eleventh Principal of the College in 1992 to the chagrin of some senior faculty, there were some gossips and caustic comments going round. Will he manage? Isn’t he a young novice to the post? How would he run the show at such a young age of thirty-seven? But the young Principal was dreaming, mulling and thinking of the college in a big way.

He sprang over the paranoia and left no stone unturned until he fulfilled his ambitious dream of developing the college to the status of Autonomy, Excellence and a degree-awarding independent University. The college has, in fact, grown to get the first two titles, thanks to his enormous inputs.

The first thing Fr. Leslie did was to demarcate the boundary of the college which consists of almost 25 acres. It was an uphill task but he did it for its entire territory and made it secure from trespassers, planted plenty of Silver Oak trees and coffee seedlings to usher in a green revolution.

Fr. Leslie Moras revived the almost dormant Alumni Association during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the college which now functions as part of the big family of Philos.

With the increased intake of students opting for the countless self-financed disciplines, he expanded the library, constructed extra floors on existing buildings to accommodate the number of class rooms, an attractive canteen, an e...more



 
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