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  February 11, 2016
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Lance Naik Hanumanthappa rest in peace

Caption:Lance Naik Hanumanthappa

New Delhi, Feb.11- Grief descended on the family of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad attached to the Madras Regiment as the lone survivor of the massive avalanche that struck Siachen Glacier on Wednesday last breathed his last at an Army Referral Hospital in Delhi this morning at 11.30 am as all efforts to save him failed.

It may be recalled that Hanumanthappa Koppad of Dharwad, who had been rescued from the world’s highest battle field on Tuesday after six days of the tragic incident, was suffering from acute pneumonia and his condition continued to deteriorate despite best efforts by the team of doctors.

It may also be recalled that Hanumanthappa was among three soldiers from Karnataka, who perished in the tragedy as Subedar Nagesh of Hassan and Mahesh of H.D.Kote had passed away on the day the avalanche hit the Army camp located at an altitude of 19,600 ft.

Hanumanthappa, survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter, belonged to a farming family in Betadur village in Kundagol taluk of Dharwad district. Six men from this mainly agrarian village had in recent years joined the Army.

The youngest in the family, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad always wanted to join the Army. He came up the hard way, attending high school at Aralikatti village by walking 6 km every day. And, despite being rejected thrice in the Army recruitment rallies at Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag, he kept on trying and finally managed to get into the 19 Madras Regiment 14 years ago.

Four years ago, Hanumanthappa married Mahadevi (Jayashri). His last visit to Betadur was six months ago. His earnings helped build a house on a government-allotted site in the village.

Just a day before the avalanche, he had called his family, “He had enquired about all of us,” said his eldest brother, Govindappa, who left for Delhi on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the bodies of nine other soldiers which have been recovered from the site are waiting to be the airlifted from Siachen. Officials said that bad weather has held up movement.


Caption: The property of Gunamba Trust.

Mysuru, Feb .11- Based on complaint filed by Gunamba Trust Secretary K.G. Anantharaj Urs 10 days ago, Nazarbad Police yesterday arrested a father-son duo on charges of trying to sell a prime property of the Trust located opposite Nalpak Hotel near the junction of Dewan’s Road and Devaraja Urs Road in city.

The nabbed have been identified as Samuel and his son Sandeep. In his complaint, Anantharaj Urs has stated that the accused had managed to grab 153x131 ft. site worth more than Rs. 1 crore through fake documents and entered into an agreement with a third person in 2009 and got the agreement registered at the Sub-Registrar’s office in Nazarbad in 2009.

The duo was produced before a Court which remanded them to judicial custody. Only a detailed and thorough enquiry can throw light on the involvement of others in the land grab bid.


Gallons of drinking water goes waste

Mysuru, Feb. 11- Alleged carelessness on the part of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) authorities has resulted in the waste of gallons of precious water as the pipeline burst on KRS Road in city this morning.

Details: It is reported that around three-days ago a cow died after falling into the pit located close to a valve of the water pipeline running along KRS Road in front of ESI Hospital. The MCC staff after failing to retrieve the carcass of the cow, had allegedly covered the pit with mud and washed off their hands.

But as unbearable stench began to emanate from the pit, the public complained to the MCC authorities.

The MCC staff who arrived at the spot at about 8.30 am along with a JCB, began excavation to retrieve the carcass when the valve broke resulting in gallons of water gushing out of the pipeline with full force.

Soon as the news spread, hundreds of people gathered at the spot which resulted in disruption of vehicular movement on the busy KRS road for some time.

Though MCC authorities immediately closed the main valve, the water in the pipeline still continued to flow. When contacted area Corporator Girish Prasad, he said he was not in station on the day when the cow had fallen and died and added that he came to know that the MCC authorities could not retrieve the carcass as it was in a highly decomposed state and as such the authorities finding no other way had covered the pit with mud.

He said the incident had happened as the JCB had accidentally damaged the valve while excavating to retrieve the carcass and added the valve which was damaged was dysfunctional.


Several organisations hold meeting with Airport Director

Mysuru, Feb. 11- Urging for resumption of flight services from Mysuru, members of various associations and organisations held a meeting with Mysuru Airport Director Manoj Kumar Singh at the airport in Mandakalli here this morning.

Members of more than 21 organisations, including the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI), Builders Association of India (BAI), Hotel Owners Association, Mysore Industries Association (MIA) and Kadakola Industries Association (KAI), took part in the meeting.

FKCCI District Co-ordination Committee Chairman Sudhakar S. Shetty, speaking at the meeting, said that though Mysuru is a developing city, it lacks air connectivity which is hampering its development and added that the city, which is the cultural hub and an important tourist destination in the State, is thronged by thousands of visitors during weekends.

He further said that if airliners came forward and extended flight services to the city, the inflow of tourists would increase which in turn would boost tourism and businesses.

Sudhakar Shetty also said that they would hold a meeting with the management of SpiceJet, Indian Airlines and other airliners soon and added that they would also meet CM Siddharamaiah in this regard and apprise him about the need for air connectivity.

Airport Director Manoj Kumar Singh said that Mysuru Airport has all facilities for flight operations with quality runway and added that he would be very happy if flight services resumed.


Mysuru, Feb. 11- City’s Maharaja College Grounds located on Krishnaraja Boulevard has been spruced up for the three-day Mysore Travel Mart’16 (MTM) which begins tomorrow.

Mysore Travel Agents Association (MTAA), which is conducting the Travel Mart, has erected a 3,000 sq ft temporary enclosure of German Tent at the venue. The enclosure will have a total of 73 stalls set up by reputed tour operators and hotels.

The MTM will be inaugurated by Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji at 4.30 pm tomorrow. MLA Vasu, Former Minister S.A. Ramdas, AirAsia India CEO and MD Mittu Chandilya and Karnataka Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association President M. Rajendra will be present during the inaugural ceremony.

The MTM will have an entrance replicating the Jayamarthanda Gate of Mysore Palace. The organisers have spent a total of Rs. 35 lakh till now. The replica of the Jayamarthanda Gate is being prepared by artist Raghu, a former CAVA student.

MTAA has also organised special talk on Digital Tourism at Hotel Radisson Blu on Saturday in which Tibetan Lamas from Bylakuppe would participate. This apart, a special lecture for drivers of various tour operators will be held on Feb. 14 at the Maharaja College Grounds from 11 am.

Entry ticket for the MTM is priced at Rs. 20 each and will be open from 11 am to 8.30 pm everyday.


Mysuru, Feb.11- Citing public safety, the City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda has promulgated prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Cr. PC in a radius of 200 metres around the city residences of CM Siddharamaiah, Ministers V. Sreenivasa Prasad and H.S. Mahadevaprsasad from 6 am to midnight today.

It may be recalled that members of Karnataka Sugarcane Growers Association and other farmers, led by Assn. President Kurubur Shanthakumar, had planned to stage dharnas in front of these Ministers' residences demanding immediate payment of arrears from Bannari Amman Sugar Company as agreed at a meeting on Jan.26, 2016.

As per the Top Cop’s order, assembly of more than four persons, carrying objectionable materials, lethal weapons, staging protests is banned.


Convention in city on Feb. 21

Caption: Former Minister S.A. Ramdas, who is also the Hon. President of Mysuru City Newspaper Distributors Association, is seen addressing the press meet in city yesterday as (from left) Association Treasurer J. Lokesh, General Secretary N.K. Sundar, MDJA President K. Deepak, Journalist C.K. Mahendra, Association President B. Suresh and Director Madhu look on.

Mysuru, Feb. 11- The State-level decennial meet of Mysuru City Newspaper Distributors Association will be held at Rajendra Kalamandira on Ramanuja road in city on Feb.21.

Announcing this at the press meet here yesterday, Association Hon. President and former Minister S.A. Ramdas said that nearly 3,000 newspaper distributors from across the State are expected to take part in the convention, which will be inaugurated at 11 am on Feb. 21.

Union Minister Rathod and owners of all newspapers have been invited for the meet, he said and added that top distributors will be feted on the occasion.

Pointing out that journalists, designers, printers and distributors are the four pillars of a newspaper, Ramdas called for considering newspaper distributors as those belonging to the unorganised sector and to extend all due facilities to them.

Maintaining that newspaper distribution is a dignified job, Ramdas said the Association which was formed in 2002, was formally registered in 2005 and added that the Association has made a representation to the Union Government seeking U-Win cards and granting of facilities such as health insurance, education of children, skill development training programmes etc.

Ramdas also recalled that former Mayor H.N. Srikantaiah, Shivamogga Congress MLA Prasanna Kumar, MCC Corporator Sunil, former Corporator M.D. Parathasarathy, former BBMP member Vedavyasa, Belagavi City Corporation member Deepak Jamakhandi and several other political leaders were newspaper distributors once.

Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA) President K. Deepak, who also addressed the meet, said that MDJA had joined hands with newspaper distributors in organising several programmes and added that there were about 2,000 newspaper distributors in the city.

Journalist C.K. Mahendra, Association President B. Suresh, General Secretary N.K. Sundar, Treasurer J. Lokesh and others were present at the press meet yesterday.


Caption: Raju & his daughter Spoorthi

•The two had jumped into Dadadahalli lake on Monday in a suicide pact

• Daughter-father bodies were found in hugging posture

Mysuru, Feb.11- Officials of the Police Department and Fire and Emergency Services, yesterday retrieved the highly decomposed bodies of Raju (35) of Udbur and his daughter Spoorthi (9) from Dadadahalli Lake and handed over the bodies to relatives after a post-mortem at the spot.

It may be recalled that on Monday, Raju, with his daughter Spoorthi and son Srujan, in a suicide pact, had jumped into Dadadahalli Lake. Srujan, who hit the banks of the lake, which was partially covered by hyacinths, had survived and fled the scene out of fear.

The rescue team on Tuesday launched a futile search for the bodies of Raju and Spoorthi with the help of a mechanised boat, four rubber rafts of the Fire and Emergency Services and six coracles belonging to villagers.

Following reports of agitation being launched by villagers, Assistant Commissioner C.L. Ananda also joined the team and continued the search operation till 9.45 pm on Tuesday.

The search operation was halted owing to darkness on Tuesday and resumed yesterday during which the bodies were fished-out.

MLA G.T. Devegowda, former ZP President K. Marigowda, SP Abhinav Khare, Dy.SP Vikram Amte, Rural Police Inspector Mahesh Kumar, SI Mahesh, ASI Chandru and others visited the spot during the search operation.


Farhan Akthar to perform at Open Air Theatre on Feb.27

Mysuru, Feb. 11 - Kautilya First Grade College, Vijayanagar II Stage here, has organised a two-day National-level Commerce and Management Fest “Sapientia’ 16” in city on Feb. 26 and 27.

Prof. K.S. Rangappa, Vice- Chancellor, University of Mysore (UoM), will inaugurate the fest on Feb. 26 at 9 am at Country Inn & Suites by Carlson here.

The events include Best Manager, Business Quiz, Finance, Marketing and Human Resources and National-level Beauty Pageant: Miss Sapientia’ 16.

Bollywood actor and director Farhan Akhtar will present a live concert at the Open Air Theatre in Manasagangotri to mark the Grand Finale of the two-day fest on Feb. 27 at 6 pm.

For details, contact Nishika on Mob: 99019-73334 or Savanth on Mob: 97400-97497.


Caption: Chandan Bala Kalyani & Muthukumar

Mysuru, Feb. 11- JSS Sangeetha Sabha is hosting two Karnatak music concerts on Feb.13 and 14 at the JSS Navajyoti Sabhangana in Saraswathipuram here.

Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt will grace the occasion on both the days at 6.15 pm.

On the 13th at 6.30 pm, Vidu. Chandan Bala Kalyani will give a classical Karnatak vocal recital, accompanied by B.K.Raghu on violin, Tumkur Ravishankar on mridanga and V.S.Ramesh on morching.

On the 14th, Vid. Delhi Muthukumar will present a vocal concert with Balu Raghuraman (London) on violin, Kotipalli Ramesh (Tirupati) on mridanga and Omkar on Ghatam.

Profile: Chandan Bala Kalyani, a well-known vocalist, has been into classical music for more than 20 years. She had her initial training in music from her father Nataraj Murty, senior violinist and was later trained under Sangeetha Kalanidhi R.K. Srikanthan. She is now continuing her learning from Bangalore Sudheendra.

An ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, she has performed for many prestigious music sabhas including Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Ananya, Bangalore, Tyagaraja Sangeetha Sabha, Hyderabad, Nadaneerajanam Sabha, Tirumala, Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai and Gana Kala Parishat, Bangalore. She has also performed for All India Radio Sangeet Sammelan in October 2014.

Chandan Bala has released a music album ‘Vaagdevi Vandana’ in which she has presented kritis on Goddess Saraswati. She is also known to music-lovers as a sufi singer. She is the recipient of many awards including Ananya Puraskar and Aryabhatta Youth Award. Chandan Bala is also a playback singer and has sung for Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films under the direction of Anuradha Sriram and Hamsalekha.

Delhi Muthukumar

A Certified Cost Accountant, Muthukumar chose to pursue Karnatak Music as a fulltime profession. He is awarded with “Sangeet Alankar”, a Post Graduation Diploma from Akhil Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. He had his training in music from TRS, one of the greatest performers of Chennai. After his demise, Muthukumar continued his learning from Sangeeta Kalanidhi T.N. Sheshagopalan, whom he has accompanied in a number of concerts.

Muthukumar has performed for Narada Gana Sabha, Indian Fine Arts Society and Hamsadhwani in Chennai, Shanmukhananda Sabha in Mumbai and Sri Swati Tirunal Sangeeta Sabha at Trivandrum. He has also performed for the prestigious “Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana” at Ohio, USA in the years 2012 & 2015. An ‘A’ graded artiste, his TV programmes have been telecast by SUN TV and Delhi Doordarshan.

Muthukumar was conferred the title of “Asthana Vidwan” by Sri Sankarcharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in Oct. 2006 and is also the recipient of ‘The GNB Memorial award’ in 1996. He runs his own school of music and has been training a number of music aspirants in India and abroad.

—Dr. Padmavathi Narasimhan


Caption: From left: Vanishree, Samuchhaya Secretary B.K. Ramaprasad, special teacher Veena, Rtn. D. Krishna, Rtn. N.S. Dwarakanath, Samuchhaya Treasurer A.S. Prabhakar and Joint Secretary Manjula Prabhakar are seen releasing the newsletter during the annual day on Feb. 6.

Mysuru, Feb. 11- The annual day of ‘Chethana’ pre-school and ‘Kaushala’ pre-vocational centre was celebrated under the auspices of Swasahaya Samuchhaya (Parents Association of Mentally Retarded & Cerebral Palsied Children) at the school premises in Saraswathipuram here on Feb. 6.

Rtn. D. Krishna, Secretary, Rotary South-East Charitable Trust, who presided, lauded the selfless service of the institute in imparting education to the needy.

Rtn. N.S. Dwarakanath, President, Rotary South-East Charitable Trust, who was the chief guest, gave tips to the teachers and parents in handling special children. He also gave a word of advice to them.

On the occasion, Rtn. Krishna released the newsletter of the Institute ‘Special Child’ and gave prizes to meritorious students. Mementoes were distributed to all the special students.

Earlier, the programme began with invocation by the students.

Samuchhaya Secretary B.K. Ramaprasad welcomed and introduced the chief guests. Treasurer A.S. Prabhakar, who briefed about the present issues faced by the Institute, sought the help of the Rotary Charitable Trust. Vanishree proposed a vote of thanks.

Joint Secretary Manjula Prabhakar compered. The celebrations concluded with a variety of cultural programmes by the special children.


He assaulted her for not dancing to his tunes

Mysuru, Feb.11- City’s Additional District and Sessions Judge Sridevi S. Angadi has sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and a fine of Rs.10,000 for attempting to kill his sister-in-law with a lethal weapons for not co-operating with him.

The convicted jilted man has been identified as 50-year-old Ningaraju alias Lingaraju of Hosahalli village in Malavalli taluk in Mandya District. It was alleged that Lingaraju, who had married Mahadevamma of Banave near Talakadu, used to spend lot of his time at his wife’s brother Puttaswamy’s house during which he tried to persuade Mangalamma, wife of Puttaswamy, to co-operate with him in his plans of having an illicit affair with her.

Puttaswamy, who learnt about Lingaraju’s intentions, reportedly asked Lingaraju not to come to his house. But, Lingaraju, who was upset allegedly attacked Mangalamma with a lethal weapon while she was washing clothes in front of her house on May 1, 2013.

Talakadu Police, who had registered a case in this regard, had submitted a charge sheet at the Court.

Judge Sridevi, who heard the arguments of the prosecution and the defence, delivered the above judgment after finding Lingaraju guilty of all charges.

Advocate Ajitkumar D. Hamigi appeared for the State.

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