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PM Narendra Modi attends last rites

Caption: PM Narendra Modi is seen paying his last respects to former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram’s Pei Karumbu ground in Tamil Nadu this morning.

Rameswaram, July 30- Former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away in Shillong on July 27, was laid to rest at Rameswaram, his native town in Tamil Nadu, this afternoon.

Earlier, Dr. Kalam’s body was taken in a procession from his ancestral home to a mosque in a casket carried by personnel of the armed forces. Dr. Kalam’s family, including his elder brother 99-year-old Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker, accompanied the body. After the prayers, the body was taken in a procession to Pei Karumbu ground in a special army vehicle where the last rites were held as per the Islamic rituals.

Thousands of people, who had gathered on either sides of the procession route, waved the National Flag and shouted Bharat Mata ki Jai and Abdul Kalam Amar Rahe while many stationed themselves on the terraces of buildings to get a last glimpse of their beloved President.

The Tamil Nadu Police and the Army had provided tight security as many VVIPs, including PM Narendra Modi, visited Pei Karumbu in Thangachimadam Village, to participate in the last rites. As Dr. Kalam’s body arrived at the burial site, Narendra Modi and other dignitaries paid their last respects before the last rites began.

Dr. Kalam was buried amidst the army personnel giving a gun salute as a part of the State Honour to the former President. The last rites were monitored by Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar.

Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, BJP National Vice-President B.S. Yeddyurappa, former ISRO Chief G. Madhavan Nair, former Union Ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Shahnawaz Hussain, MDMK Chief Vaiko, actor Vijaykanth were among other dignitaries present.


This is the house of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India and a missile scientist, who passed away on Monday, 27th July and whose funeral was held this afternoon at his native place Rameswaram attended by PM Narendra Modi.

This photograph was taken on Thursday, 23rd July, 2015 by Emmanuel Suresh of Mysuru city and his wife Shirley, who was formerly working in Star of Mysore as a staffer, when they had visited the Christian pilgrimage centre Velankanni in Tamil Nadu from where they travelled to Rameswaram on hearing about Dr. Kalam’s house and a very good museum housed in the upstairs.

Shirley tells us that Dr. Kalam’s elder brother, 99-year-old Mohd. Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker still lives in the ground floor of this house. The first floor is converted as museum where records and materials related to Dr. Kalam’s achievements, the rewards and recognitions he received from across the world are on display. The second floor of the house is converted into an art gallery by Dr. Kalam’s elder brother’s son.


Convict of 1993 Mumbai serial blast that killed 257

Nagpur/Mumbai, July 30- Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blast convict, was hanged till death in Nagpur jail this morning at 6.43 am following the Supreme Court rejecting his final plea. He was declared dead by the doctor at 7.01 am.

Earlier, on Wednesday evening, President Pranab Mukherjee had also rejected his mercy petition. Yakub Memon became the third terror accused to be sent to gallows in 3 years. Earlier, Afzal Guru, a convict in 2001 Parliament Attack, was hanged on Feb. 8, 2013 and Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a convict in 2008 Mumbai Terror Attack, was sent to gallows on Nov. 21, 2012.

Yakub Memon was hanged till death as per the TADA Court’s order on a day which coincidentally was also his 53rd birthday after the three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, constituted by the Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, in the middle of the night yesterday, rejected his final petition early this morning, just hours before the sentence was to be carried out.

The Bench rejected the argument of Yakub Memon’s lawyer that he must be given 14 days as mandated by the Supreme Court to meet his family members, prepare his will and make peace with God before the execution of his death warrant.

Jail administration handed over Yakub Memon’s body to his elder brother Suleiman Memon and his cousin Usman Memon at around 9.30 am after the family gave an undertaking that they would not hold demonstrations with the body and ensured a quiet burial in Mumbai. The last rites is expected to take place this evening.


Caption: P.V. Giri, CMD of Siddartha Group

Mysuru, July 30- The Karnataka High Court has cancelled the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) order declaring the landed property belonging to Siddartha Resorts and Foods (P) Ltd., on Maharana Pratap Road, at the foot of Chamundi Hill that comes under Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 as Government ‘B’ Kharab land.

DC Shikha, in her May 26, 2015 order, had declared all landed properties coming under Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 as ‘B’ Kharab land.

The Siddartha Resorts and Foods (P) Ltd., had purchased one of the landed properties coming under the said survey number from the State-run Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB).

Following the DC’s order, the company had knocked on the doors of the High Court, questioning the DC’s order, stating that the DC had violated the norms of natural justice by not issuing any notice to it before passing the order declaring the land as ‘B’ Kharab.

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy of the honourable High Court, who heard the plea, annulled the DC’s order.

Senior Advocate Ashok Harnahalli represented the Company.

City’s popular multi-cuisine restaurant Olive Garden and the well-known holiday resort, Windflower are located on this land for many years now.

The issue may once again come up before the Deputy Commissioner, who will have to issue notice to Siddartha Resorts and Foods (P) Ltd., to follow the norm of natural justice, hear the case and pass appropriate orders.


Mysuru, July 30- N.R. Constituency MLA Tanveer Sait has urged Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath not to give permission to private telecom operators to dig trenches on developed and asphalted roads in city to lay Optical Fibre Cables (OFC).

The MLA has, in a letter to the MCC Commissioner, stated that the MCC and the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) have to undertake re-asphalting works if the private telecom operators were given permission to dig trenches on the newly laid roads for which the cost of asphalting is more than the fee they pay for digging; besides it is a waste of taxpayers’ money.

He has stated that the MLAs, Corporators and elected representatives were being targeted by public for the wrong decisions taken by the authorities concerned.

Citing an example, MLA Tanveer Sait said that JUSCO which was given permission to dig roads to lay water pipes had dug almost all roads in city but majority of the roads which were dug up have not been asphalted.

He has further stated that for every developmental works, approval from Administration, Technical and Finance Departments is a must which takes about two years and added that if permission to dig roads were given, the works on re-asphalting the dug up portion gets delayed causing inconvenience to the public.

MLA Tanveer Sait said that it has come to his knowledge that a private telecom company on July 17 had sought permission from the MCC to dig roads in his constituency to lay OFC and has urged the MCC Commissioner not to give permission to dig roads in his constituency.

If permission was granted, the matter would be taken seriously and the Government’s intervention would be sought to initiate stringent action in this regard, the MLA added.

He has also urged the DC to direct the authorities concerned in this regard.

Meanwhile, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, speaking to Star of Mysore, said that he had received the letter from MLA Tanveer Sait and that he would forward the letter to MCC Superintending Engineer for action as per rules.


Mysuru, July 30- More than thousand members of Sri Basaveshwara Kattada Nirmana Cooli Karmikara Sangha and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Swabhimani Faction), accompanied by some Corporators, holding placards and shouting slogans, today took out a mammoth rally demanding the Government to ease the scarcity of sand which has been haunting the construction industry in the city and district.

The rally, which began from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple adjacent to Palace North Gate, passed through Clock Tower, Gandhi Square, Duffferin Clock Tower on Sayyaji Rao Road, Devaraj Urs Road and JLB Road, to reach the office of the Deputy Commissioner where they staged a protest.

The activists of Karnataka Rakshan Vedike, who took out a separate jatha from Gandhi Square to the DC’s office, also staged a protest.

The protestors said that scarcity of sand in the city had resulted in them being rendered jobless as the construction industry had come to a standstill and urged the government to take steps to ease the availability of sand at the earliest, failing which, they would intensify the stir.

Corporators K.V. Mallesh, K.T. Cheluvegowda and Shivamadhu, Sangha Hon. Secretary Boralingegowda, President Siddegowda led the protest.


Mysuru, July 30- Mysore District Haj Committee had organised a day-long Haj Training and Vaccination Camp for the Haj 2015 pilgrims at Milan Annexe Function Hall, in city this morning.

Sir Khazi of Mysuru Hazrath Moulana Mohamed Usman Shariff presided over the camp.

The camp began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Hazrath Moulana Maqboo Ahmed Saheb Nizami and Naath was presented by Syed Fazil Ashrafi.

Abdul Azeez Chand welcomed the Haj 2015 pilgrims and the guests.

All India Milli Council Mysuru President Hazrath Moulana Mohamed Zakaulla Siddiqi, speaking on the occasion, said about the performance of Umra and provided information to the pilgrims. Prior to the commencement of the camp, homage was paid to former President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away on July 27.

Dr. Mohamed Shiraz Ahmed, Dr. Javeed Pasha, Dr. Aleem, Dr. Fahad, Dr. Anitha, Dr. Bushra, Dr. Parveez Ahmed and other Medical staff from the Health Department administered vaccination to the Haj pilgrims which is mandatory for the visa stamping.

Jamia Tippu Sultan, Secretary Alhaj Syed Yunuss, MCC Ward 43 Corporator Suhail Baig, Jameel Ahmed Ashrafi and Shahabuddin were present.


Mysuru, July 30- Upset over the technicians brought to the city by Haryana-based GEODIS dismantling 79 out of 96 machines installed at the Radial Tyre Plant at Falcon Tyres on KRS Road in city following orders for attachment from Madras High Court, the employees of the factory staged a flash stir at the Factory premises yesterday. Employees Union President Devaraj, who led the protest, said that the management of the factory, which should have cleared dues to GEODIS and retain the machines, was instead, keeping mum on the issue.

Stating that repeated requests to the management to come clean and re-open the unit as agreed at a High-level meeting at Bengaluru on June 18 had fallen on deaf ears, he said that the problems of the employees were further compounded by new agencies knocking at Courts seeking payment of dues from the management.

DC refuses to intervene: On being approached by employees to intervene and bring a stay to the execution of attachment orders of the Madras High Court, Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha reportedly refused to intervene saying that interfering in Court affairs resulted in Contempt of Court.

It may be recalled that the management, which had agreed to resume production at the unit on July 15 at the June 18 high-level meeting, had put off the resumption citing non-arrival of raw materials.

Union leaders Lakshminarayan, Kumar, Kapinigowda, Nanjundaswamy, Ravindra and others took part in the flash stir.


New Delhi, July 30- The entertainment industry in Karnataka and Kannada is now open to all. The film and television trade bodies in Karnataka have been rapped for preventing release and telecast of dubbed content in Kannada.

Not only dubbed content, but industry bodies are not allowed to restrict the number of screens non-Kannada films are released in and cannot pressurise television channels like Doordarshan to have minimum hours of programmes in Kannada nor ask private channels not to telecast non-Kannada programmes.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a penalty of Rs. 20 lakh on three Karnataka-based Associations, including the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), for indulging in anti-competitive practices.

While imposing a fine on KFCC, Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA), the fair trade regulator CCI directed the aforementioned bodies to ‘cease and desist’ from unfair business practices.

Kannada Grahakara Koota and Ganesh Chetan had lodged a complaint with the CCI alleging that the aforementioned bodies have indulged in anti-competitive activities by not allowing the release and broadcast of any dubbed content in the State.

Coming down heavily on KFCC, the Commission said, “This is a case of continuous violation of the provisions of the Competition Act and of complete disregard to the Competition Law principles by KFCC.” Hence, the KFCC has been asked to pay a penalty of Rs. 16.82 lakh, which accounts for 10 per cent of its average annual turnover for three financial years — 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The Commission also slapped a penalty of Rs. 1.74 lakh and Rs. 1.68 lakh on the KTVA and KFPA respectively. In both the cases, the penalty accounted for 8 per cent of the average annual turnover of the bodies for the above mentioned three-year period.

The Commission has asked the three organisations to bring a “competition compliance manual” to educate their members about the basic tenets of Competition Law.

“The Associations should play an active role in creating awareness, among the members, on the provisions of the (Competition) Act through competition advocacy,” the regulator said in its order.

“Any form of restriction to deny market access to other language films or programmes is not justified... Any kind of regulation or restriction by an Association falls foul of Competition Law provisions,” said the CCI order, dated July 27, which was made public on Wednesday.

The regulator noted that the three entities’ action resulted in “limiting and restricting the market of dubbed films and serials in Kannada language” which is blatant violation of the competition norms.


MCC undertakes 119 civic amenity works worth Rs. 100 crore; 1,806 houses for economically weaker sections at Rs. 52.35 crore

Caption: CM Siddharamaiah seen addressing a press conference at the Government Guest House in city yesterday, after his whirlwind inspection rounds, as (from right) District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, MLA M.K. Somashekar and Mayor R. Lingappa look on.

Mysuru, July 30- The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has undertaken 119 works related to providing basic civic amenities in city with Rs. 100 crore released under CM’s Special Funds sanctioned for the purpose, said Chief Minister Siddharamaiah. Addressing press persons at the Government Guest House after his inspection rounds in city yesterday, the Chief Minister said that out of 119 works, 53 were completed and 47 works were in progress at various stages and for the remaining 10 works, tenders will be invited.

The CM said that the 8-km asphalted roads from Ramaswamy Circle-Basaveshwara Circle-Hardinge Circle- K.R. Circle-Visvesvaraya Circle-Nelson Mandela Road-Millenium Circle will be replaced with concrete roads, at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore. The PWD will launch the work on laying concrete road on Jumboo Savari procession route from Aug. 15, he added.

The CM said that the project of developing Jumboo Savari procession route as Raja Marga has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 16 crore under the first phase of ‘Nagarothana’ (city development) under CM’s Special Grant. The roads from Hardinge Circle to Bannimantap will be developed with the construction of storm water drain on either sides, utility ducts, pavements, besides installation of heritage lamp posts and granite balustrades, he added. “About 73.80 per cent of works have been completed.”

Barring a stretch of road near Bandipalya APMC yard, the work on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) has been completed, the CM said and added that MUDA Officials have been instructed to look into the bottlenecks soon.

Irwin Road to be widened: Siddharamaiah said that the Devaraja Market building will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 9 crore, Lansdowne building will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 6 crore and the widening of Irwin Road will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 24 crore. “With CM’s fund, the MCC has undertaken various civic amenities works under 83 packages, of which 14 packages are in progress,” he added.

Houses for economically weaker sections: The CM pointed out that land fill and greenery project at Sewage Farm in city is being undertaken at a cost of Rs. 29.85 crore and added that the roads around Mysore Palace, construction of a Tonga stand and 1,806 houses for economically weaker sections will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 52.35 crore. “The work on construction of 116 houses at a cost of Rs. 6.6 crore under Indira Gandhi Slum Dwellers’ project is ongoing.”

The CM said that Kuppanna Park in city will be developed on the lines of Lalbagh Glass House in Bengaluru. The Trauma Care Centre at PKTB premises in city will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 25 crore, he added.

New DC’s Office: The new DC’s Office will be constructed in Siddarthanagar at a cost of Rs. 100 crore, the CM said, adding that the works related to providing basic facilities at Chamundi Hill will also be undertaken.

The road works from Dairy Circle in Siddarthanagar to Bannur Ring Road Junction will be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 25.50 crore, the CM said and added that the Hostel for Maharani’s Science College students will be constructed at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry premises.

Siddharamaiah said that the work on multispecialty block at K.R. Hospital and other works have also been taken up.


Mysuru, July 30- JSS Mysore Urban Haat will be organising a 17-day ‘Vastra Mela’ from July 31 on the occasion of Varamahalakshmi Festival at its premises in Hebbal. The exhibition will be inaugurated by ZP President Dr. Pushpa B. Amarnath at 4 pm tomorrow. Department of Women and Child Welfare Deputy Director Radha will be the chief guest. The event will be presided by Prof. M.H. Dhananjaya, Director (Technical) JSS Mahavidyapeeta.

The organisers have invited 50 weavers and craftsmen from Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Delhi, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to display their products such as Kanchi Sarees and Tie and Dye Sarees from Tamil Nadu, Kantha Sarees, Balachoori Sarees, Mataka Sarees, Jamadani Sarees, Jute Sarees from West Bengal, Floor Mats, Artificial Jewellery, Printed Silk, Designer Sarees, Chaderi, Maheshwari Silk, Banarasi Sarees from UP, Khadi products, Chiffon Sarees, Jute Wall Hangings, Jute Footwear, Cotton and Silk Dress materials, Sahanpur Furniture, Kashmir Handicrafts, Shawls at the expo-cum-sale at the mela which will be held till Aug. 16 from 10 am to 8.30 pm daily. For details, contact Ph: 0821- 2548323 or Mob: 96866 77232, 98445 50845.


Mysuru, July 30- Chinmaya Mission, Mysuru, has organised a 10-day discourse on Amritabindu Upanishad by Pujya Sujay Chaitanya, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Mangaluru, from July 31 to Aug. 9 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm at Shivananda Jnanalaya on JLB Road (behind Nadabrahma Sangeeta Sabha). The discourse will be in English. The core message in Amritabindu Upanishad is Mind Control.

Also, from Aug. 1 to 9, Sri Vishnu Sahasranama will be chanted from 6 pm to 6.30 pm.

Pujya Sujayji was the Acharya at Chinmaya Mission, Gokulam, Mysuru. He is known for his simplicity, deep-rooted knowledge and understanding of the scriptures, melodious singing and above all, simple English.

After completing Engineering degree, Pujya Sujayji took to teaching in a college for some time. He then responded to an inner call which took him to Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, for spiritual training.

Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati had inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide non-profit organisation, in 1953.

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