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Caption: Gun parade of sorts: Some of the villagers were seen at the Deputy Commissioner’s office this morning carrying their guns for renewal, a sight that scared the office staff no end.

Mysuru, Dec. 22- A group of villagers who had come to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner to get their gun licences renewed this morning, were seen moving around from one chamber to another carrying naked guns in their hands creating a scare among the office staff.

Immediately, the office staff asked these gun trotting simple farmers to cover the guns with whatever covering material they had like towels on their shoulder or the dhoties they were wearing. It was brought to their attention that according to the rules, one has to cover the gun while bringing it out in public.

As people watched the group walking up and down the halls of DC office, not knowing where to go, an irate official informed them about the rule and told the villagers to cover their guns the next time they come for renewal.


Mysuru, Dec. 22- Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha held a preliminary meeting with officials of various departments to discuss on development works and new projects initiated in Mysuru district at her office in city this morning.

The preliminary meeting was held in the wake of Mysuru development review meeting to be chaired by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah at his home office ‘Krishna’ in Benglaluru on Dec. 26 at 4 pm.

During the preliminary meeting DC Shikha discussed on various projects which included construction of Maharani’s College and Hostel building for which the tender has been received on Dec. 15 and is being examined. Six contractors have submitted their tenders to the District Administration and also the construction of Maharani’s College Hostel at Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry premises.

Construction of new Deputy Commissioner’s office, District Administration office block and Mini Vidhana Soudha complexes at various taluks in Mysuru district for which an estimate has been prepared by PWD. The Mini Vidhana Soudha at Nanjangud is being taken up at a cost of Rs.12 cr and the foundation works have been completed. The project is expected to be completed by October, 2015. This apart, the construction of Mini Vidhana Soudha at T. Narasipur will be taken up at cost of Rs. Nine crore.

During the meeting, discussion on construction of Administrative Block of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple at a cost of Rs. 2.10 crore, construction of sheds for devotees and a separate shed for the Temple Chariot was held. The officials said that the tender for construction of administrative block had already been invited.

Construction of multi-level parking, toilets, road, 100 shops and dormitory atop Chamundi Hill for which the master plan has been prepared and 8.14 acre land has been surveyed was also discussed in the meeting.

The meeting also discussed on construction First Grade College in Byrapura in T.N. Pur Taluk, 15 BCM student hostels in Mysuru city, supply of River Cauvery water from Haleunduvadi village in Mandya to Mysuru city among other works.

DC also discussed on the proposals to construct additional wards at Cheluvamba Hospital at a cost of Rs. 75 crore, additional wards at K.R. Hospital at a cost of Rs. 90 crore, multi specialty block at a cost of Rs. 95.50 crore and installation of additional ventilators, X-ray machine, dialysis machine and ultrasound machine at K.R. Hospital and construction of Jayadeva Hospital at PKTB hospital premises.

Several other development projects such as setting up of Film City in Nanjangud, Chikkanandi Project in H.D.Kote, modernisation of Rajaparameshwari, Hullahalli and Ramaswamy canals, development of lining works at left bank of Mysuru Takara Project, Right Bank of Harangi and Right Bank of Kabini, construction of D. Devaraja Bhavan in Mysuru city, regional office of Mysore Thanda Development Corporation in Mysuru, development of Mysuru Airoport, renovation of Lansdowne Building and Devaraja Market, installation of statue of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar at Hardinge Circle, development of concrete roads from Basaveshwara Circle to Hardinge Circle, Bengaluru-Nilgiri Road to KR Circle, Sayyaji Rao Road to Nelson Mandela Road, development of roads from Irwin Road to Bengaluru-Nilgiri road and Sir M. Visvesvaraiah Circle to Dr. Babu Jagjeevan Ram Circle, development of park at Government Guest House were also discussed during the meeting.

Discussion related to distribution of sites to the beneficiaries at Ravindranath Tagore Nagar, construction of Mega Dairy in Mysuru, upgrading the present Epidemic Hospital to as 250 bedded hospital, setting up of a Trauma Care Center PKTB Hospital, construction of Nursing College building at MMC&RI premises, construction of super-specialty building at District Surgeon office premises and renovation of library, setting up of Psychiatry Centre and Kidwai Centre in Mysuru, Rs. 100 crore grant for Unviersity of Mysore centenary celebrations, filling up of vacant teaching and non-teaching posts in University of Mysore, construction of Heritage Park opposite of Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace, providing Solar Cooking Stoves to Tribal settlements in Mysuru district, developing the area surrounding Big Banyan Tree as tourism spot and setting up of adventure sports unit at KRS backwaters.

Additional Deputy Commissioner M.S. Archana, MUDA Superintendent Engineer Shivakumar, Town Planners Member Shashikumar, DDPI Basappa, Muzai Tahsildar Yathiraj Sampathkumaran, K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr. B.G. Sagar and other district level officers were present.


Caption: Girijan Social Activist Dr. Jerry Pais is seen releasing the Kannada Version of ‘Early Childhood Care and Education Policy’ during the workshop in city this morning as NACDIP Forum President (South India) Dr. Krishnan, Nisarga Foundation President Nanjundaiah, District Child Protection Officer Jayaram and others look on.

Mysuru, Dec. 22- A day-long workshop on ‘Learning other languages through mother tongue’ organised jointly by National Advocacy Council for Development of Indigenous People (NAC-DIP)Karnataka Forum and Nisarga Foundation commenced this morning at Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra on Mysuru-Nanjangud road here. About 50 representatives of Adivasi Youth are attending the workshop. The Kannada Version of ‘Early Childhood Care and Education Policy’ was released on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering Women and Child Welfare Department Deputy Director Radha said that most of the adivasis had come to the main stream of society but still a few were languishing in dark oblivious of their rights. She suggested NGOs to meet such adivasis and spread awareness among them. She opined that child marriage itself was a violation of Child Rights which should be curbed totally. She advised adivasis to send their Children to Anganavadi centres to get access to nutritious food.

Girijan Social Activist Dr. Jerry Pais presided. NACDIP Forum President (South India) Dr. Krishnan, Nisarga Foundation President Nanjundaiah, District Child Protection Officer Jayaram and others were present at the occasion.


The MCC had purchased 250 containers worth crores a few years ago

Mysuru, Dec. 22- In compliance with a directive issued by the Directorate of Urban Development, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has decided neither to purchase containers hereafter nor to repair the damaged ones.

Disclosing this, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G.Betsurmath has said that the Directorate had instructed all City Corporations, City and Town Municipalities not to buy containers to collect garbage or dumper placer vehicles and added that the directorate had also instructed civic bodies to disuse containers and dumper placers.

The Directorate is also said to have instructed Corporations and other municipal bodies to shift garbage collected from primary sources through house-to-house collection to garbage trucks and send it to decentralised garbage processing units to landfill sites.

Citing that people were not putting garbage properly into the containers and civic bodies were not lifting garbage periodically creating nuisance to passersby, the Directorate found that containers were not an ideal solution, he said.

Stating that many of the 250 containers purchased by MCC worth crores of rupees a few years ago, which were in ramshackle condition were being withdrawn, Betsurmath added that the Corporation had already started collecting segregated wastes from households, hotels, restaurants and other shops.

It may be recalled that MCC which took up a drive to create awareness among people about the need to segregate wastes, had distributed over three lakh dust bins to residents in city.


Caption: Physician samples of Ambrodil-X syrup found strewn on the road in K.G. Koppal in city yesterday.

Mysuru, Dec.22- A huge bag containing bottles of medicine, that had crossed expiry date, was found strewn around on Temple Street in K.G. Koppal in city yesterday, causing anxiety among the residents of the locality.

The bottles bearing the sticker, ‘Ambrodil-XP’ and labelled ‘Physicians sample not be sold’, had expired in November last.

The public were left wondering whether the bottles belonged to doctors who were supplied physicians sample or to the medical representative who could not deliver it to doctors or to any pharma shop.

Several phone calls to the Police and the MCC authorities by the public were not of much use as no responsible official visited the spot.

However, the public were seen expressing concern over what the consequence could be if any rag picker or child happens to consume the medicine out of curiosity.


Cake is 10 ft tall, 8 ft wide, weighs around 800 kg and it took 400 labour hours to prepare it

Caption: St. Philomena’s PU College Principal Fr. Vincent, who inaugurated the hard icing cake model of English wedding cake at Loyal World Supermarket in Bannimantap yesterday is seen with Loyal World Group Chairman P. Moideen and others.

Mysuru, Dec.22 – A hard icing cake model of the famous English wedding cake is on display at Loyal World Supermarket at Bannimantap in city.

The cake is 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide, weighs around 800 kg and it took 400 labour hours to prepare it.

The cake was launched by St. Philomena’s PU College Principal Fr. Vincent yesterday.

Also, a cake festival ‘Aroma La fete De Decembre’ is being held by Aroma Bakers, the baking arm of Loyal World Group at various venues in city including Loyal World Supermarket branches at VV Mohalla, Bannimantap, TK Layout, Kuvempunagar, Infosys campus, Loyal World special counter, Mall of Mysore and Aroma Lounge, Bogadi.

The cake festival which started on Dec.18 will be open to public everyday between 10 am and 9 pm till Dec.31.

While the major attraction of the festival is different varieties of cakes, other confectionaries such as guava pastries, litchi pastries, breads, biscuits, fruit tarts, desserts, danishes, croissants and cupcakes with cream are also available on display and for sale.

The festival schedule is mentioned below:Dec.23- Muffins, doughnuts and fondant cakes.

Dec.24- Plum cakes, mocha plum cake, rich plum cake, Irish plum cake.

Dec.25- Cheese cakes festival and Christmas celebrations at old age home, Bannimantap.

Dec.26- Souffles, puddings and brownies.

Dec.27- Dates cake, banana cake, walnut cake, fruit cake, mousses.

Dec.28- Eggless pastries, cookies and sugar free pastries for vegans and diet conscious.

Dec.29- Macaroons.

(A macaroon is a type of small circular cake, typically made from ground almonds or coconut, with sugar and egg white).

Dec.30- Variety of Pastries filled and decorated with fresh and exotic fruits.

Dec.31- New year celebrations in the evening.

Live Pastry Bays: Live pastry bays have been set up at different venues in city. Public can have hands on experience on pastry and cake making and test their skills in the presence of Pastry Chefs.

Live pastry bays Schedule : Dec.22, 23- Loyal World, Infosys Campus.

Dec.25- Mall of Mysore

Dec.26, 27- Loyal World, VV Mohalla.

Dec.28- Aroma lounge, Bogadi.

The events are being co-ordinated by the Managers of Loyal World Group Imran Khan and Mohammed.


Mysuru, Dec. 22- “Superstitious customs and cultural lapses cannot be curbed by law alone,” said V. Rashmi, Director General, Administrative Training Institute.

She was speaking at a social interaction on women’s empowerment organised by R.K. Educational Institution of K. Honnalagere of Maddur taluk at Maharaja’s College Centenary hall here yesterday.

Rashmi contended that people should develop an awareness on superstitious customs to curb evil practices. She advised women to be aware of happenings in society and be confident to face challenges and problems.

Referring to the government schemes, Rashmi asked the students to obtain all the details from the officers concerned.

Replying to a query of a student as to why schools were not including self-defence techniques in extra-curricular activities of educational institutions, Prasaranga Director C. Naganna said that women in Delhi had commenced a campaign on women’s safety which should be emulated in other States.

State Balavikas Academy Chairman Shankar Halagatti, R.K. Institute Chairman B.Ramakrishna, working President Prasanna N.Gowda and others were present on the occasion.

The first three prize winners in the interaction were Parnikadevi (St. Michael School, Channapatna), Fiza Kousar (Chanakya school, Bettadapura) and Venkatesh (JSS School, Suttur).


Mysuru, Dec. 22- The first phase of Pulse Polio campaign will be held on Jan.18 next.

Deputy Commissioner C.Shikha held a meeting of District Pulse Polio Action Force at her office here on Friday to take stock of the preparations for the campaign.

DHO Dr. H.T. Puttaswamy said that the Department had made full preparations for the campaign. He said that about 3 lakh children under the age of 5 years would be administered polio drops that day at 1588 centres in the district and also at Railway Station, bus stand and tourist places.

The DC asked officials of CESC to ensure that continuous power supply was provided for five days to preserve the polio vaccine. She instructed the officers of Women and Child Welfare Department to keep Anganawadi centres open on that day.


Mysuru, Dec.22- With Yaduveer Gopal Raj Urs, grandson of late Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar’s eldest sister Gayathri Devi tipped to be declared as successor to the Mysore royal family, the year-long search for a successor to Wadiyar, who passed away on Dec.10, 2013 at Bengaluru seems to be heading for an end.

Highly placed sources in the Amba Vilas Palace have said that an official announcement in this regard would be made by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar after Makara Sankranthi festival slated for Jan. 14, 2015 which will be followed by succession ceremony.

It may be recalled that Mysuru royal family had put on hold the naming of a successor to Wadiyar citing year-long mourning among other reasons and the same had resulted in the Royal Sword being placed on the golden throne at the time of Khaas Durbar during the Dasara-2014.

Yaduveer, who is studying Law at Boston in USA, is the son of Leela-Swaroop couple. Leela is the daughter of late Gayathri Devi, wife of late Sardar K.B. Ramachandraraj Urs, and the eldest of the five daughters of late Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, with the others being Meenakshi Devi, Kamakshi Devi, Indrakshi Devi and Vishalakshi Devi.

Sources also said that Pramoda Devi Wadiyar has decided to adopt Yaduveer Urs and name him as the successor to Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and fill the void created by Wadiyar’s demise.

Do not speculate on Successor, says Pramoda Devi Wadiyar:

Mysuru, Dec.22- Reacting to the news report appearing in a section of the press and also the visual media about the naming of Successor to the Scion of Mysore Royal Family Late. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar who passed away on Dec. 10, 2013 at Bengaluru, his wife Pramoda Devi Wadiyar has issued the following press note:

“I have learnt that a section of Print media and Visual media have published or beamed a speculative news with regard to the issue of naming the successor. As the issue is very sensitive and private, it is not appropriate to speculate.

I appeal to the media to refrain from publishing or beaming such speculative news until official communication is received from the Palace Authorities.”

— Pramoda Devi Wadiyar



Mysuru, Dec. 22 – ‘Poorva-Uttara Rangotsava’, a three-day theatre fest organised by National School of Drama, New Delhi in association with Rangayana, Mysuru was launched by Sarod exponent Pandit Rajiv Taranath at Bhoomigeetha, Rangayana in city yesterday. Pandit Rajiv Taranath, in his inaugural address urged the theatre lovers to not just watch the plays, but also receive them with equal enthusiasm and feel proud.

The festival has brought the culture, practices and history of the North-East to Mysuru. Three plays which give messages on the significance of women will be staged in the fest.

‘Kalo Sunakhari’, a non-verbal Nepalese play, staged during the inaugural function, was a love triangle, set against the ‘Brokpa Tribe’ of Arunachal Pradesh, a community owning yak herds, where a woman is socially allowed to marry more than one man.

The narrative is adapted in Sikkim of today. It was directed by Abhilash Pillai and enacted by the artistes of the NSD repertory of Sikkim.

Today, ‘Joymoti’, an Assamese play will be staged at 6.30 pm at Bhoomigeetha, followed by ‘Ava’, a Manipuri play.

‘Joymoti’ is about an iron lady of Assam, who dared to brave odds to change the course of ‘Ahom Empire’. Directed by Anup Hazarika, it is staged by the artistes of ‘BA’ theatre, Guwahati.

‘Ava’ is about the marriage alliance of Manipuri with Ava (Myanmar) king that leads to hatred among both the countries. It is staged by the students of Shumang Leela Company, Manipur, at Vanaranga.

University of Mysore Registrar C. Basavaraju said, the university has plans to involve Rangayana in the forthcoming centenary year celebration of University of Mysore, scheduled to start next year.


Mysuru, Dec.22- The Danish Architect Mogens Thiesen will be in Mysuru from Dec. 22 to Dec. 30. Mogens Thiesen was working for the Danish Government during The Danish Mysore Project in the early sixties. He was the Architect at the project between the Indian Government and the Danish Government.

Mogens Thiesen will be visiting The Danish Mysore Project and his former staff living in Mysore.

Mogens Thiesen will also celebrate his 80th birthday together with his old friends in Mysore and his oldest son, daughter-in-law and four grand-children.

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