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   NATIONAL UNITY DAY IN CITY

Mysore, Oct. 31- Various educational institutions and organisations celebrated ‘National Unity Day’ as part of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 139th birth anniversary in city this morning.

National Institute of Engineering (NIE) celebrated the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas at its Golden Jubilee Auditorium with over 2,000 students and staff present at the venue. Speaking on the occasion, NIE Managing Committee Vice-President Prof. C.K.N Raja called upon the students and staff to fight against social evils.

NIE Dean Dr. Bansilal administered the oath on the occasion and Hon. Secretary S.L. Ramachandra flagged off the 'Walk for Unity'.

Director G.I. Srikanta Rao, NIE Principal Dr. G.L.Shekar and others were present.

Maharani Business and Management College for Women in association with NSS and NCC units celebrated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birth Anniversary with Dr. R. Nalini of Management Department delivering a keynote address on Sardar Patel. Dr. G.H. Mahadevaswami, Prof. B.V. Tulasi, Prof. Krishnamurthy, NCC officer Lt. M.C. Shivakumar, Prof. K.E. Govinde Gowda, Prof. K.R. Jayashankar and others were present. Maharani's Arts and Commerce College for Women celebrated the National Unity Day with the students and staff members participating in the ‘Run for Unity’. Principal Prof. M. Purushotham, Secretary Dr. N.T. Krishnamurthy and Treasurer Prof. Suma and others took part in the event. The run which started from college premises passed through DC office, NCC Head Quarters, Hotel Metropole and culminated at the college on JLB Road. Dr. B.V. Sudhamani of History Department spoke about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Meanwhile, City BJP unit also organised 'Run for Unity' in city this morning. City BJP President E. Maruthi Rao Pawar flagged off the run from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple in which about 70 party activists took part. The run which began from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple passed through Town Hall, Gandhi Square, Ashoka Road and culminated in front of the temple.

Deputy Mayor M. Mahadevamma, District BJP President Hemanth Kumar Gowda, leaders Yashaswini Somashekar, V. Somasundar, Srivatsa, Corporators Shivakumar and B.V. Manjunath and others were present.

Others institutions and organisations in city organised various events to mark the National Unity Day.

   FAVOUR-SEEKING REALTORS LOCK UP MUDA OFFICIAL IN HIS CHAMBER

Mysore, Oct. 31- Signifying the resurgence of real estate Mafia, an incident of two realtors locking up MUDA Special Land Acquisition Officer in his chamber has lately come to light and incidentally, the incident took place on Oct. 15, the day on which miscreants assaulted ATI DG V. Rashmi at the ATI premises when she went there to pay her last respects to ATI Mess Manager Venkatesh who was found dead in a sump in the morning.

It is reported that one Guru, a realtor from K.R.Mohalla, accompanied by two others, who entered the chamber of Chidanand, who had taken charge as Special Land Acquisition Officer on Oct.1 seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in respect of a site in Gokulam in city.

Even as Chidanand, who was taken aback, refused to heed to their demand citing the procedure of inspecting the site and scrutiny of documents before signing the same, the three threatened him besides locking his chamber from inside, thus restraining Chidanand from discharging his duty.

Meanwhile, Devendra, a group D employee of MUDA repeatedly banged the door forcing the realtors to open the door after which, one of the three, in a fit of rage pushed Devendra aside, who later brought the issue to the notice of other officials and staff.

Lakshmipuram Police, acting on a complaint from Devendra on the incident have booked a case against Guru and two others under sections 363 (restraining official work) and 504 (abuse) of the IPC.

Cops have launched a hunt for the three accused who are reported to be absconding.

Have police failed again?

Even after City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem openly acknowledged that there was Police failure in protecting ATI DG V. Rashmi during the Oct.15 assault on her, the City Police are yet to wake up and act against realtors, who obstructed MUDA Special Land Acquisition Officer Chidanand from discharging his duties.

MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah, terming the incident as unfortunate, has said that the assault on Chidananda had left many officials working under a sense of insecurity and fear and urged City Police to expedite the case.

   RENOVATED ESI HOSPITAL TO OPEN IN JAN. 2015

Mysore, Oct. 31- The renovated building of ESI hospital on KRS road here is almost ready and would be available for service in two or three months.

A portion of the 100-bed hospital was demolished and reconstructed with better facilities. It is learnt that lighting and UGD system have to be provided for which Rs. 2 crore has been sanctioned. The hospital is likely to be re-opened in January next.

The three-floor hospital after renovation houses a modern operation theatre, a spacious labour ward, orthopaedic section, an OPD section and many more, all air-conditioned. It is said that Rs. 25 crore has been spent on renovation works.

However, the shortage of doctors continue to dog the ESI hospital and hope the crunch would be resolved soon.

Director of ESI Corporation C.N. Ravindranath has asked all employees to be aware of ESI facilities and not to go to private hospitals directly.

Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Ramesh Jawoor says that modern facilities were now available at the hospital with stock of good expensive medicines for various ailments.

   CM TO OPEN DIST. ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX AT MADIKERI ON NOV. 3

Madikeri, Oct. 31- Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will inaugurate the new Kodagu District Administration Complex here on Nov. 3.

The CM will arrive from Bangalore by a helicopter and land at the Golf Ground Helipad, Madikeri at 12.25 pm, following which he will inaugurate the newly built District Administration complex constructed near the Gandhi Maidan at a cost of Rs. 14.45 crore. Several developmental programmes will be launched after which a progress review meeting will be held at 1.30 pm.

More than 20 government offices which were functioning from the Fort premises for decades, are all set to move to the new building.

The new structure is a 4 storeyed building (including the ground floor), featuring spacious rooms for functioning of the offices.

The Archaeology Department had served several notices to the District Administration, asking it to evacuate the government offices from the Fort premises. But as there were no alternate arrangement, the offices continued to function from the Fort premises.

Continued efforts by the District Administration and the people’s organisations have ultimately bore fruit with the new District Administration complex coming up at the sprawling 2.20 acre area of the central workshop at Gandhi Maidan in the town.

Once the location for the new structure was finalised, the State government released Rs. 3 crore in 2009. The construction contract was awarded to Bangalore-based Gadiraju construction company.

The District Administration complex, having a built up area of 90,000 sq.ft., facilitates vehicle parking and records store room in the ground floor.

The first-floor provides for housing 22 departments apart from separate rooms for the Lok Sabha MP and District in-Charge Minister.

The second-floor houses the Assistant Commissioner’s office and the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

The third-floor houses the DC office, the additional DC’s office, court hall and video conference hall.

Lift facility: The 4-storeyed building will have a lift facility for the benefit of public.

As students of St. Michael’s school, adjoining the District Administration complex, may find it difficult to walk freely on account of the heavy traffic density with most of the government offices all set to shift to the new complex, the authorities have taken up construction of a flyover running from the school to the Church, at a cost of about Rs. 10 lakh. MLC T. John has released Rs.10 lakh out of his Legislator’s fund for its construction.

In order to secure the building from natural disasters, the Karnataka Housing Board has sent a proposal of Rs.256 lakh to the government for construction of retaining wall at the eastern side of the building facing the Madikeri-Mangalore highway.

Experts feel that the construction of a retaining wall is vital from the geological point of view, for the protection of the structure from landslips, landslides etc.

The dreams of the people of Kodagu for a new complex has finally been realised with the new building all set for inauguration by the CM on Nov.3.

   CITY’S DANSEUSE PANKAJA ELATED OVER RAJYOTSAVA AWARD

Mysore, Oct. 31 - Danseuse Pankaja Ramakrishna is popular figure among the fine arts community in city. A resident of Vijayanagar, Pankaja started Sarveshwara Nritya Kalamandira in the year 1984 and since then she has been training students in different dance forms in both classical and folk.

Recognising her services over the past 21 years, the Karnataka State Government has accorded her with this year’s prestigious Rajyotsava Award.

Speaking to Star of Mysore, Pankaja expressed her happiness over her being recognised by State Government. “I am thankful for the State Government for recognising my services which I have done from the past 21 years. The award has increased my responsibility and I will continue to serve the society by popularising dance forms in both classical and folk”, she added.

Pankaja is currently training around 85 students in different art forms such as classical and folk dance and classical vocal. Students trained under Pankaja have settled in USA, Canada and other countries and have been conducting classes.

   KARNATAKA KANMANI STATE AWARD PRESENTED

Mysore, Oct. 31- As part of its eighth anniversary, the city-based CREDIT-I felicitated achievers from various fields yesterday.

Rangayana Director Janardhan (Janni) presented ‘Karnataka Kanmani’ State-level award to Music Director Hamsalekha, progressive farmer from Bangalore Rural District L. Narayana Reddy and Community Development Institute, Belgaum’s Shobha Gasti at a function held at Jaganmohan Palace.

Speaking after receiving the award, Music Director Hamsalekha said he comes from a rural background and as such he is very much aware of rural problems. Pointing out that he could understand the rural life much better because of his drama background, Hamsalekha complimented the CREDIT-I for its rural development initiatives.

Observing that urban areas too have a rural background, he called upon voluntary organisations to sensitize the rural people of the various facilities extended to them by government and other agencies and to encourage them to make best use of the schemes meant for them.

Coming up with his plans for providing education and job opportunities to poor children, Hamsalekha said 100 PU failed students sensing in CREDIT-I, can join his Hamsalekha Desi College, by paying only the fees of first year, while the fees for the remaining 4 years would be borne by him. This apart, he would provide them ample job opportunities, he added.

Earlier, ZP President Dr. Pushpa Amarnath, who spoke after inaugurating the programme said unemployment and underemployment have been haunting the youth, who constitute 60 percent of the country’s population. Youth from rural areas have been migrating to urban areas in search of jobs which are less rewarding. The youth should stop this tendency and instead look at taking up progressive farming for happiness and betterment of their lives, she said.

Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement founder Dr.R. Balasubramanyam and MLA M.K. Somasekhar presided.

CREDIT-I Managing Trustee Dr. M.P. Varsha, Treasurer M.R. Manjunath, Vasantha and others were present on the occasion.

   STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL ROLLER SKATING

Rea and Dhanush emerge fastest

Caption: Star of Mysore Managing Editor Vikram Muthanna is seen inaugurating the 30th State Selection Trials at Rao’s Skating Rink located in Unnathi Nagar Layout in City this morning.

Mysore, Oct. 31- City’s Rea Elizabeth Achaiah with a timing of 29.01 sec emerged as the faster roller skater in 300 mts roller skating event at 30th State Selection Trials held at Rao’s Skating Rink located in Unnathi Nagar Layout in City this morning.

Meanwhile, Dhanush Babu with a timing of 25.85 sec emerged as the fast in Boy’s category in the 300 mts event. Around 600 participants from 14 districts across the State are participating in the three-day event which is being organised at two venues in city.

Earlier, the competition at the Unnathi Nagar Layout was inaugurated by Star of Mysore Managing Editor Vikram Muthanna while T. Raju, Assistant Revenue Officer, Mysore City Corporation flagged off at the skating rink located opposite Apollo BGS Hospital in Kuvempunagar this morning. The competition in senior category is being held in Unnathi Nagar while the skating rink at Kuvempunagar is hosting the competition for juniors.

Among the top skaters, national and international level skaters such as Akash Aradhya, Dr. Varsha Puranik, Aditya S. Rao, Rea Elizabeth Achaiah (all from Mysore), Mihir Indudhar, Rithick Karadi, Dhanush Babu, Theertha Subbaiah will feature in the three-day competition. The competition is being held in different age groups such as U 8-10, U 10-12, U 12-14, U 14-16 and above 16 categories.

   108 PROBATIONERS TAKE PART IN PASSING OUT PARADE AT CITY JAIL

Caption: Best all rounder Fakirappa B. Karigar is seen receiving the shield from ADGP (Prisons) K.V. Gagandeep at the passing out parade held at the Central Jail premises here this morning as Mysore Central Jail Superintendent Divyashree, KSRP Commandant Ramadas Gowda, Asst. Superintendent Mahesh Jigani, Prison Staff Training Institute Principal T.P. Sesha, DIG (Prisons) Veerabhadraswamy and ADGP N.S. Raja look on.

Mysore, Oct. 31- The passing out parade of the 42nd batch of probationers was held at the City Central Jail Parade Ground here this morning.

The 108 probationers, all men, underwent a 9-month training at the Prison Staff Training Institute here.

ADGP (Prisons) K.V. Gagandeep received the guard of honour from the passing out probationers.

Speaking on the occasion, Gagandeep said recruitment of 250 jail warders is underway. CCTV cameras will soon be installed in the city jail and measures have been initiated to computerise all jail operations in the State, the ADGP said and advised the successful probationers to work with conviction and confidence.

ADGP N.S. Raja, KSRP Commandant Ramadas Gowda, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, DIG (Prisons) Veerabhadraswamy, Mysore Central Jail Superintendent Divyashree, Asst. Superintendent Mahesh Jigani, Prison Staff Training Institute Principal T.P. Sesha and others were present.

The winners of various prizes are as follows:

Firing: First prize- Ramesh Jadhav of District Prison, Bidar; Second- Vittal Rajappanavar of Chitradurga prison; Third- Ramachandra Sippimani of Jamkhandi Sub-Jail.

Out-door: First- D.S. Nalku Ravi of Hubli Sub-Jail; Second- Kumar of Raichur District Prison; Third- Thawaseef M. Mohammad Muragoda of Bangalore.

In-door: First- Prakash Rathod of Bagalkot; Second- Shankarappa of Raichur; Third- Fakirappa B. Karigar of Bagalkot.

Prize for best Jail Dairy maintenance: Lakkegowda of Hassan District prison

Karnataka Prison rules and regulations: N. Shivakumar of Nanjangud Sub-Jail; Water and power utility, First aid treatment: Suresh Hanumantha Kaddi of Ramanagar; IPC and GPC: Fakirappa B. Karigar

Sociology, Psychology, Criminology and Indian Constitution: K.S. Nagaraj of Kadur Sub-Jail; Karnataka Government Service rules: Sheetal of Bangalore.

Consolation prize: Mohammad Sab, Chakresh, Gururaj, B.P. Rangappa, Doreswamy, Mallikarjuna Singhi.

ADGP and IGP award: Dayanand Bangade of Bangalore.

Best all rounder: Fakirappa B. Karigar.

   MCC COUNCIL MEET

Corporator accuses former Health Officer of fraud

Mysore, Oct. 31- In an interesting development the maiden MCC Council meet presided by Mayor R. Lingappa and Dy. Mayor M. Mahadevamma at the MCC Council Hall today witnessed Corporator Nagabhushan accusing former Health Officer of fraud in awarding the tender for the construction of an abattoir in city.

Levelling the serious allegation, Nagabhushan said that the contractor had been awarded the contract which was earlier stayed by a court citing that the Committee had over-looked the tender offered by another contractor.

Continuing, Nagabhushan demanded that all files relating to the construction of the abattoir be placed before the Council. The present Health Officer then presented the files to the Commissioner when another argument ensued. As the corporators cutting across party lines questioned why the Health Officer was in possession of the files when it should be in the possession of the Commissioner. The arguments continued when we went to the press.

   HOUSING BOARD SCAM

Lokayukta Police indict GTD, son, 44 others in its preliminary probe report

Intro: GTD reacts: Meanwhile, MLA G.T. Devegowda, speaking to SOM, said ‘let Lokayukta produce the documents before the Court. It is only then that the truth would come out’ and added that the charge against him was false and baseless as it was a conspiracy to tarnish his image. He also said that he would extend his support to the Lokayukta for a transparent investigation.

Mysore, Oct. 31 - The Lokayukta Police have indicted MLA G.T. Devegowda, his son G.T. Harish and 44 others in the alleged land compensation scam of about Rs. 35 crore of a total payout of Rs. 164.25 crore for land acquired in Yelwal Hobli of Mysore taluk.

A preliminary probe report has been submitted by Mysore Lokayukta SP S.M. Jagadish to Upa Lokayukta Subash B. Adi in Bangalore on Thursday.

The Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) between 2007 and 2010, when G.T. Devegowda was its Chairman, had acquired 450 acrs of land from farmers in Gungral Chatra, Kallur Naganahalli Kaval and Yalachanahalli villages for a housing project for which the compensation amount were not given.

Following petitions from aggrieved farmers to the Principal Secretary of the Housing Department, the Government had asked the Lokayukta to investigate following which the Upa Lokayukta Subash B. Adi referred the matter to the Mysore Lokayukta Police and had asked them to conduct a preliminary probe and submit a report.

Sources said that the preliminary probe revealed that in one particular case, Rs. 1.09 crore was withdrawn on Sept. 14, 2009 and there were numerous such transactions.

How can an illiterate farmer withdraw more than a crore in a day? sources said and added that agents opened bank accounts in the names of farmers and deposited the compensation cheques in their accounts. The middlemen then took the signatures of the farmers on self cheques, withdrew the compensation amount in full and handed over only a part of it to the farmers.

Meanwhile, Upa Lokayukta Adi reportedly said that more than 50% of farmers have been cheated as they have been given a meagre sum of about Rs. 7 to 12 lakh as against the actual compensation of Rs. 36.50 lakh fixed by KHB.

The Upa Lokayukta also said that the role of the then KHB Chairman needs to be probed and added that the Bank Managers themselves had introduced farmers to their banks while opening accounts, which showed their involvement also.

Adi has said that a criminal complaint would be lodged against all those who are indicted in the report.

   LOKAYUKTA SP JAGADISH PRASAD TO RETIRE TODAY

Mysore, Oct. 31- Mysore Division Lokayukta Superintendent of Police (SP) S.M. Jagadish Prasad is retiring from service today on superannuation.

Jagadish Prasad was functioning as Lokayukta SP of Mysore division, comprising of Mysore, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts.

Mandya and Ramanagar Lokayukta SP Narayanaswamy will take additional charge as Mysore Division Lokayukta SP following the retirement of Jagadish Prasad. Meanwhile, Kolar division Lokayukta SP Subramanya too is retiring today.

   FOREST DEPARTMENT SLAPS NOTICE ON SUTTUR MUTT

To seize elephant calves if they are taken out without prior permission

Mysore, Oct. 31 - Following the recent incident where two elephant calves of Suttur Mutt ran amok at Saraswathipuram in city, the Forest Department has slapped a notice to the Mutt authorities with a warning that they would be forced to seize the elephant calves, if they are taken out from the premises without prior permission besides invoking Wildlife Protection Act, as such incidents would be considered as a serious offence and action would be initiated against the authorities concerned.

DCF V. Karikalan reportedly said that the notice was issued yesterday, in which they have been instructed to maintain the movement register of the elephants and not to move them outside without taking prior permission from the department. He said that, transporting of animals which are listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act, required prior permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the department or from a person authorised by the warden.

Karikalan further said that the Mutt authorities have also been told to intimate the department, in case, the mutt decide to transport the elephants.

It may be recalled that on Thursday, three-year-old Champa and four-year-old Drona, ran amok after being frightened by shrill horns and barking of dogs ran amok at Saraswathipuram in city while being taken for grazing near Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) here.

 
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