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   RAPE SPARKS MANY PROTESTS IN CITY

Caption: A huge procession comprising members of ODP and students of Mahajana College is seen marching towards the Deputy Commissioner’s office this morning to protest against the rising incidents of atrocities on women and children in the State.

Mysore, July 24- Wearing black arm and head bands and carrying placards with messages against the continuing cases of rapes and atrocities on women in the State, more than 1,500 members of the Organisation for the Development of People (ODP), Bannimantap, today took out a mammoth silent procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple to the DC Office. ODP was formed in 1984 with a vision of ‘A society of love, peace and justice.’

Members of ODP also took out similar processions in Mandya, Mysore, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Kollegal today.

The procession, which started from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple passed through Clock Tower, Devaraja Urs Road to reach the Deputy Commissioner’s Office where a memorandum was presented. The memorandum demanded stern action against the accused as, if such a punishment is not imposed, it will create an atmosphere where people will lose respect for the law which in turn can provoke others to indulge in heinous acts like rape.

ODP Director Rev. Fr. Staney D’ Almeda, Sister Sisilia, Arokya Mary, Prakash Mary, Pushpa and others took part in the silent protest.

In yet another protest, more than 150 students of SBRR Mahajana First Grade College took out a procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple to the DC Office through Dufferin Clock Tower and Devaraja Urs Road where they too presented a memorandum condemning atrocities on women.

Teaching Staff Niveditha, Rekha, Pushpa, Ravi and others took part in the protest.

In yet another protest on atrocities against women, more than 50 activists of JD(S) led by City President Rajanna, Corporators B.M. Nataraj, Balu and Mahadevappa, Prema Shankaregowda, Tejamani, Chikkatayamma staged a protest at Gandhi Square demanding the State Government to take tough action against perpetrators of crimes like rape and harassment.

In another similar protest, nearly 100 BJP activists led by former ZP President K.P. Siddaveerappa, former ZP Vice-Presidents Dr. Shivaram and Vijayalaksmi, District BJP President Hemanth Kumar Gowda, Arun Kumar and others staged a protest in front of DC's Office. They also presented a memorandum urging the Government to take steps to improve the worsening law and order situation in the State besides taking stringent action those involved in atrocities on women.

   CHELUVAMBA HOSPITAL TO GET 25 CCTV CAMERAS

Mysore, July 24- The Cheluvamba Hospital for women and children, which provides health care for thousands of persons from Mysore and its neighbouring districts everyday, will be facilitated with 25 CCTV cameras to ensure security in the premises.

Dr. B. Krishnamurthy, Dean and Director of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI) told SOM this morning that the tender process for the purchase of cameras is on. A proposal to install the cameras was mooted about 18 months ago and it was approved by the government recently.

Dr. Krishnamurthy said that two cameras will be installed in Labour Wards, two in OPD, one each at the main gates, emergency, PICU, minor OT and in other places where public movement is more. He said that the CCTV cameras had become necessary following frequent incidents of friction with security personnel of the hospital, child-lifting and baby-swapping.

   DASARA JUMBO VIJAYA DELIVERS FEMALE CALF

Kushalnagar, July 24- Vijaya, the cow-elephant camping at the Dubare Elephant Camp of the Forest Department near here has given birth to a female calf recently. Vijaya, aged 56 years, has so far given birth to 12 calves. This calf is healthy, measuring about 30 kgs.

Vijaya, who had been participating in the Mysore Dasara festival since the past six years, will give a miss this Dasara as she will be taking care of her baby, under the supervision of Mahout Bojappa and Kavadi Doreyappa.

The little elephant calf has brought joy not only to the elephant caretakers but to the children of the tribal settlement who play with the calf every day.

Mythili, also a resident of the elephant camp, had delivered a calf a few days ago. Now the number of elephants in the camp has risen to 23, including Vijaya’s baby.

   CCB POLICE NAB TWO-WHEELER LIFTER, CHAIN-SNATCHER

Vehicles and valuables worth Rs. 1, 26,000 recovered

Mysore, July 24- The City Crime Branch (CCB) Police, in separate incidents, have nabbed a chain-snatcher and a two-wheeler lifter in city and have recovered a Bajaj Pulsar bike, gold ornaments and a Scooty Pep used for the crime, worth Rs. 1,26,000 from them.

The CCB Police, on July 17, nabbed Yogesh alias Yogi, son of late Ramegowda of Bolanahalli in Hunsur taluk near Freedom Fighters Park coming under Lakshmipuram Police Station.

On interrogation, Yogesh is said to have confessed of robbing a woman at a house in Chamarajapuram in city and also confessed of snatching a gold chain along with his friend Ravichandra from a woman who was walking in CFTRI Layout in Bogadi 2nd Stage.

The CCB cops, based on the information provided by accused Yogesh, have recovered gold ornaments weighing 25 grams thus solving a case in Lakshmipuram Police Station and one in Saraswathipuram Police Station.

In another incident, the CCB Police, on July 22, took into custody one V. Mohan, son of Venkatesh, resident of Shivaji Road in N.R. Mohalla, near Gujari on Geetha Mandir Road in Lashkar Mohalla and seized a TVS Scooty Pep scooter used for the crime by him.

During interrogation, Mohan is said to have confessed of lifting a Bajaj Pulsar bike and parked it in the parking lot, opposite to Woodlands Theatre on Bangalore-Nilgiris Road.

Based on the information provided by Mohan, the CCB cops have recovered the bike, thus solving one case each in N.R. Police Station and Saraswathipuram Police Station.

DCP M.M. Mahadevaiah and CCB ACP K.N. Madaiah supervised CCB Inspectors P.A. Sooraj & R. Jagadish, PSI Srinivasa Gowda, ASI M.J. Jayasheelan, M.D. Shivaraju, A. George and staff in the nabbing and seizing operation.

   EXTORTION AT TOURIST SPOTS, 14 CASES BOOKED

Mysore, July 24- A team of officials of the Department of Legal Metrology, led by Assistant Controller Sarala Nayar, raided stalls at various tourist spots in city yesterday and registered 14 cases of extortion.

Giving details to Star of Mysore, Sarala said that the raid was conducted on stalls at Chamundi Hill, in and near Zoo and at the premises of City and Sub-urban Bus Stands.

She further said that the shop keepers were fleecing tourists charging more than the MRP. However, she opined that the local officers should also observe the irregularities without which curbing the menace would be difficult.

She added that during the raid on stalls in Palace premises recently, notice was served to shop-keepers who were fleecing the customers. Two of them have remitted the fine, she said. Department Inspectors Mahantesh, Mahadevaswamy and Raghavendra were present.

Vedike seeks eviction of unauthorised stalls around Palace

Activists of Mysore Rakshana Vedike staged a protest near DC’s office here today urging the authorities to evict unauthorised stalls around Palace, especially near the South Gate.

The members alleged that the stalls were spoiling the beauty of the Palace and pose a security threat. They expressed surprise over the nonchalance of Police and civil authorities about the issue.

The members also said that the Raja Marga work was going on at a snail’s pace wasting crores of rupees. They pointed out that the open trenches have turned death traps and urged the authorities to expedite the work.

Vedike President M.K. Premkumar, Secretary Rakesh Bhat, Vice-President Kumar Gowda and others were present.

   ‘MEDICAL FACILITIES AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE NEED OF THE HOUR’

Caption: JSS Hospital Director Col. Dr. R.K. Chaturvedi is seen addressing the audience during an interactive session organised by CII Mysore Centre at The Quorum Hotel in city yesterday. Also seen are (from left) CII Mysore Chairman R.C. Jagadesh, South Asia’s GE Healthcare President & CEO Terri Bresenham and CII Mysore Vice-Chairman Vishwaprasad Alva.

Mysore, July 24- “Changes in human lifestyle have increased the number of diseases. One among three persons have been diagnosed with diabetes and one in every 19 person is diagnosed with cancer and it is important to provide medical facilities at affordable prices,” said Terri Bresenham, President and CEO, GE Healthcare, South Asia.

She was speaking on the topic ‘Indigenous Medical Technology Industry’ during an interaction programme organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysore Centre, at The Quorum Hotel in city yesterday.

“It was important for Central Government, State Government, Medical Education Department and Private Company to work together to provide people easy access to medical facilities”, she said and added that though India has been successful in medical research so far, it has to continue with its research and adopt latest technologies to develop health sector.

Terri said that the prices of medical equipments can be reduced by 25 percent if Government supports the manufacturing companies.

Speaking on the occasion, CII Mysore Vice-Chairman and Skankray Technologies Pvt. Limited MD Vishwaprasad Alva expressed that Government should consider to promote medical tourism in Mysore as the city had all the factors which could help the industry.

He also requested the GE Company, which has been a pioneer in manufacturing medical equipments, to start a production unit in Mysore.

   LUCKY ESCAPE FOR THREE IN TANKER-CAR COLLISION

Mysore, July 24- Three persons travelling in a car yesterday had a miraculous escape while two of them sustained injuries when their car collided head-on with a Diesel tanker near Varuna canal.

The injured who are being treated at a hospital have been identified as Nytho Shooth Singam and Kalsing Dolma, both women residents of Tibetan colony in Vaddarapalya in Kollegal taluk.

It is reported that the accident occurred when a Diesel Tanker (KA-09-A-7061) coming towards Mysore from T. Narasipur side collided head-on with an Hyundai i10 car (KA-03-MS-8197) coming in the opposite direction leaving the two women injured.

   PALACE LEAKS: ARE THE AUTHORITIES BLIND?

Mysore, July 24- Is the Amba Vilas Palace lacking maintenance? The heritage monument which draws tourists from across the globe is nearing a century of its existence. It is sad to note that the roof of the Palace is leaking at some places and weeds are growing in the crevices of walls.

It is even more sad to note that the officials of the Palace Board, instead of taking up remedial measures, are wantonly looking the other way with regard to the monument’s maintenance.

It is reported that the main entrance of the Palace itself is leaking from the roof. According to the security guards, though the leakage was repaired a week ago, the problem persists. Rain water is found to be leaking through a gap beside the pipe running down the roof of the main gate.

Extortion: The extortion by shopkeepers in the Palace premises continues unabated by charging more than the Maximum Retail Price for packaged water and other articles.

It is also alleged that the traders who have availed shops on rent in the Palace premises pay Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 a day, which means that they pay a monthly rental of around Rs. 30,000. Naturally, in order to make up their losses, they will fleece the gullible customers. Besides, the traders also have to pay the monthly “mamool” to the office-bearers of their association which has been constituted to “safeguard the traders’ interests!”

Garbage disposal: Frequent visitors to the Palace also allege that the authorities concerned have grossly failed in garbage disposal and maintaining cleanliness in the Palace premises as thousands of tourists visit here every day, discarding plastics used in packaging water, eatables, etc.

   DASARA: DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO SET-UP DISASTER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Mysore, July 24- Ahead of Dasara Festival, the District Administration is drawing up a disaster management plan to tackle any eventuality.

The District Administration on Tuesday held a preliminary meeting on Dasara at the DC’s office, during which the officials were asked to form a team of personnel to manage disasters, if any, during Dasara. In-charge DC S. Palaiah, who chaired the meeting, asked the officials to focus on crowd management.

Palaiah said that Kannada and Culture Principal Secretary Shalini Rajneesh will chair a meeting in city on July 28 to draw up the disaster management plan. The focus will be on crowd management during Dasara procession, given that the 5 km sketch will be crowded, with more than 6 lakh people witnessing the Dasara procession last year.

Stating that last year’s Dasara Sub-Committees have either not submitted details of expenditure or have not got the audit done, Palaiah asked the Dasara 2013 Sub-Committees to submit accounts without fail, in case they have not done so and to return the unspent money, if any, to the district administration immediately.

He said that the Finance Department has agreed to release Rs. 4.10 crore for clearing pending bills, which included Rs. 3.32 crore for Dasara festivities and Rs. 78 lakh for shamiana erection and other Dasara related works.

Palaiah also said that out of the total Rs. 10.06 crore Dasara grant last year, Rs. 9.53 crore was spent, with Rs. 53.58 lakhs remaining unspent.

A meeting headed by the District Minister will be convened soon after the conclusion of the Assembly session. The meeting will finalise the date of ‘Gajapayana’ (elephant march) and discuss the preparations for Dasara flower show and other programmes, he added.

   TWO-DAY TRIBAL FEST IN MYSORE FROM AUGUST 8

Mysore, July 24- Mysore will be hosting a two-day Tribal Festival on at Dasara Exhibition Grounds in city on Aug. 8 and 9.

This was disclosed by former MP and Chairman of the Reception Committee of the fest A.H. Vishwanath, who presided over a preliminary meeting at the DC office here on Wednesday. The Fest is organised jointly by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Karnataka State Tribals Research Institute, Department of Social Welfare, Karnataka Adivasi Rakshana Parishat and the District Administration.

On the inaugural day, a mammoth procession will be taken out, followed by an exhibition, art festival and seminars showcasing the culture of tribal communities. More than 10,000 tribals are expected to attend the fest from across the State mainly from Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts.

Apart from introducing the tribals lifestyle, the fest will also focus on imparting education on the rights of the community to help them get into the mainstream.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, District In-charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad and other ministers are likely participate in the fest which is being held for the first time in the country. Deputy Commissioner S. Palaiah, Additional DC M.S. Archana, LAMPS(Large Adivasi Multipurpose Societies) Chairman Dr. K. Sundar Nayak, Karnataka State Tribals Research Institute’s Director Dr. T.T. Basavanagowda, Karnataka Adivasi Rakshana Parishat Convenor M. Krishnaiah, Rangayana Director Janardhan, Karnataka Exhibition Authority former Chairman R. Raghu and other officials were present.

   YUVA BRIGADE TO BE LAUNCHED ON JULY 27

Mysore, July 24- The Yuva Brigade of Mysore will be launched at a function on July 27 at 5 pm at Govinda Rao Memorial Hall on JLB Road in city to mark the 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas (July 26). Litterateur Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa will inaugurate the programme.

K.B. Ganapathy, Editor In-Chief, Star of Mysore and Dr. R. Balasubramanium, Founder of SVYM, will be the special invitees.

Jagganath Shenoy, Managing Director of Mangalore Ganesh Beedi Works and R. Vasudev Bhat, Hon. Secretary of Vijaya Vittala Educational Institutions will be the chief guests.

Advocates O. Sham Bhat and P.D. Medappa, Orthopedician Dr. B.H. Manjunath, Rajendra, President of Hotel Owners Association, Mysore, M. Venkataram, South Region Sanchalak of RSS, S.K. Dinesh, Distributor for Servo Oil and Srihari of GSS Properties will be the guests on the occasion.

Chakravarthi Sulibele, noted orator and writer will be the main speaker during the programme which is dedicated to the memory of Hemachandu of Mysore who died at Kargil.

For details contact Mob: 98451-07269 or 96207-31999.

   BEDAZZLED AT SAMRIDHI ON JULY 26, 27

Samridhi revisits the fashion savvy Mysore with its vibrant spirit and fashion forward styles on July 26 and 27 between 10.30 am and 8.30 pm at The Quorum Hotel on Vinoba Road in city.

Inspired by India’s rich heritage and diversity, the staggering range of sarees by Anokhee, Priyashree Creations & Colour Fab from Kolkata will leave you spellbound. On display will be light and summer cottons, rich silks, bold tussars, elegant chanderis, bright bhandni and leharia which embodies elegence and style.

The collection of opulent Anarkalis and Suits by Minal, Reena & Tejaswini are stimulating, lavish, subtle and elegent at the same time.

Poornimaz Cottonz unveils its impecable collection highlighting the trend in ethnic wear. Vamangini from Delhi showcases a unique collection of Indianwear.

The show stopper for this show will be Nazar from Delhi with heavenly embroidered suits with mukaish work that are modern, glamorous and sophisticated. Kainaat from Lucknow specialises in chikankari suits and sarees that pay an impeccable attention to detail and quality and come in soft hues and impressive embroidery.

Takshak Jewellery from Bangalore will showcase a new line of jewellery with brilliant craftsmanship and gorgeous designs.Every piece of jewellery will enhance the radiance of women. Tia Collection and Rekha will showcase a wide range of stylish rings, bangles & bold earrings adorned by the gliteratti.

Milan Fashionz displays hi-end and stylish footwear. Shalom has Bags and Totes in trendy colours and designs that will definitely compliment one’s style.

Bridal Lahengas and Sarees by Ekta, designer Cholis, gorgeous Home Linen, Batwas, Papaermache products and Kidswear will all add to the razzle and dazzle of Samridhi, says the organiser Geeta Patel.

 
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