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   KSRTC STRIKE HITS PASSENGERS

Autos, cabs, private buses make it rich !

Caption: The sub-urban bus stand wore a deserted look today as KSRTC staff went on strike.

Mysuru, July 25- In a humane gesture, the owners and drivers of all modes of private transport extended their services to various areas across the city to help the stranded passengers reach their destinations as 1,078 buses in Mysuru went off roads as part of the indefinite stir by KSRTC employees demanding hike in salaries.

Private operators cautioned: Calling upon private operators like buses, autos, maxi-cabs, tempo travellers and others to help City Police to cope up with the problems arising out of the bus strike, City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda, in a press release has said that stern action would be initiated against drivers of autos and other vehicles if found demanding exorbitant fares from passengers.

Responding to the calls of City Top Cop and the District Administration to maintain normalcy in movement of passengers, many private buses were seen lined up near the sub-urban bus stand to ferry stranded passengers to places like Bengaluru, Madikeri, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Shivamogga, Kolar and Chitradurga.

Stone pelting: While miscreants pelted stones at 120 KSRTC buses at places like Bengaluru, Hassan, Shivamogga and Raichur causing losses to the tune of about Rs. 6 lakh to KSRTC, no such incidents were reported in Mysuru where Police had posted personnel at vantage points.

Autos, cabs make hay: True to the saying ‘Make hay while sun shines,’ the drivers of autos, cabs of different operators, maxi-cabs, tempo travellers, vans and other modes of transport were seen making hay by charging exorbitant fares from passengers taking advantage of their helplessness.

Entry to bus stand blocked: In a bid to prevent private vehicles from picking passengers from inside the Sub-Urban Bus Stand, the striking KSRTC employees had stationed the Mobile Service Vehicle at the entrance of the bus stand.

However, the striking employees dispersed after Police came to spot and explained that they could not assemble at any place in the wake of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC being in force.

Even the City Bus Stand, which normally witnesses hectic activities, wore a deserted look as city bus services had come to a grinding halt.

   TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER MEETS CHIEF MINISTER

Bengaluru, July 25- In yet another bid to defuse the crisis arising out of KSRTC employees going on an indefinite stir, Transport Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda today met Chief Minister Siddharamaiah to discuss ways and means to restore normalcy in transportation of passengers across the State.

Prior to proceeding to meet Siddharamaiah at Vidhana Soudha, Dr. Ramegowda held separate meetings with Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav, KSRTC MD Rajendra Kumar Kataria and BMTC MD Dr. Ekroop Kaur at Vikasa Soudha and collected all information regarding the on-going indefinite strike.

ESMA may be invoked: Meanwhile, a delegation including Transport Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda, KSRTC MD Rajendra Kumar Kataria, BMTC MD Dr. Ekroop Kaur and Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav were closeted with the CM at his home office 'Krishna' where a decision on whether to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on striking busmen was to be taken.

   CHAIN-SNATCHER CAUGHT !

Alert residents apprehend chain-snatcher, hand him over to Police

Mysuru, July 25- In an early morning incident, alert residents of a Layout in Belawadi apprehended and handed over a chain-snatcher to the Police after he attempted to run away after trying to snatch a gold chain from a lady Belawadi GP member while she was on a morning stroll.

It is reported that the chain- snatcher, who was hiding near the house of GP member Suma, wife of Mahadevu, pounced on her when she came out of the house for a stroll and tried to snatch her chain.

Passersby, who heard the screams of Suma came to her help forcing the 25-30-year-old chain-snatcher to flee and hide behind a nearby petrol bunk.

Meanwhile, residents who learnt about the incident immediately launched a hunt for the miscreant and caught him at the Petrol Bunk.

After beating the miscreant black and blue, the residents handed him over to Vijayanagar Police, who took him away in a PCR.

It is learnt that the modus operandi of the miscreant, who is cooling his heels at Vijayanagar Police Station, is 'hide by the side of a house, pounce on his victims on coming out of the house, snatch their chain and run away with the booty.’

Vijayanagar Police, who have taken the miscreant to custody, are investigating.

   AL-ANSAAR CHIEF PATRON DR. NAZEER AHMED PASSES AWAY

Hundreds including Ministers Tanveer Sait and MLA Vasu pay last respects

Mysuru, July 25- Dr. Nazeer Ahmed (94), Chief patron of Al-Ansaar Hospital, located at Mohamed Sait Block in city, passed away on Saturday evening at his residence in Subhashnagar. Namaz-e-Janaza was offered on Sunday at 2 pm after Namaz-e-Zohar at Siddiqia Arabic College on Mysuru-Bengaluru Road. He is survived by four sons, a daughter and host of friends and relatives.

Late Dr. Nazeer Ahmed’s son Dr. Ifthekar Ahmed led the Nama-e-Janaza in which hundreds of community members took part.

Last rites was held Muslim Burial Ground at Bada Makan near Tipu Circle.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait, MLA Vasu, SJCE Principal Dr Syed Shakeeb Ur Rahman, Yenepoya University Former Vice-Chancellor Dr. Syed Akheel Ahmed, Mangalore and Goa Universities former Vice-Chancellor Dr. B. Shaik Ali, former Mayors Ayub Khan and Ariff Hussain, Corporators Suhail Baig, Mysuru District Wakf Advisory Committee Chairman Ariff Ahmed Mehkri and others took part in the last rites rituals.

   HILL TEMPLE SPRUCED UP FOR CHAMUNDESHWARI VARDHANTI

Mysuru, July 25- The Temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru, atop the Chamundi Hill, which is witnessing thousands of devotees thronging it to offer pujas on Ashada Fridays, is all set to host Chamundeshwari Vardhanti tomorrow in which nearly a lakh of devotees are likely to ascend the Hill to offer prayers.

The temple will be opened to public from 8 am after conducting Panchamrutha Abhisheka, Ekadashawara Rudrabhisheka and other rituals from as early as 3.30 am.

Mysore Royal family members Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, her son Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, his wife Trishikha Kumari Wadiyar will grace the occasion in which the idol of the presiding deity will be taken on a procession at 10.30 am.

Vardhanti celebrations will conclude in the evening with special pujas followed by Mantapotsava and Mahamangalarathi.

Private buses deployed: In the wake of the ongoing strike by KSRTC employees, the District Administration has decided to deploy 25 private buses to ferry devotees from Lalitha Mahal Helipad to the Hill top free of cost on the occasion of Chamundeshwari Vardhanti celebrations.

   DAKSHINA KANNADA DC AMONG FIVE INJURED AS CARS COLLIDE HEAD-ON

Puttur, July 25- Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim was among five persons who were injured when the Fortuner on which he was travelling collided head-on with an on-coming Scorpio near Gundya on the outskirts of Nelyadi in Belthangadi taluk in Dakshina Kannada district yesterday.

However, Ibrahim was lucky to escape with minor injuries, thanks to the Safety Air Bags installed in his SUV.

It is reported that Ibrahim, who had been transferred as the Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety in Bengaluru, was on his way to Bengaluru when the incident occurred.

Uppinanagadi Police, who have registered a case, are investigating.

It may recalled that Ibrahim, who previously worked as Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner, had won the hearts of many Corporators for his good works.

   PROTEST OVER SETTING UP OF MARIGOLD FLOWER PROCESSING UNIT AT GUNDLUPET TURNS VIOLENT

• Villagers dump bottles of poison, kerosene cans at the site, stage rasta-roko

• Two injured as Police cane agitators

Gundlupet, July 25- The protest being staged by residents of Kaggaladahundi village in the taluk with the support of farmers over the setting up of a Marigold Flower Processing Unit in the village yesterday turned violent and Police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the agitating villagers.

On the second day of the protest, many women staged a rasta-roko holding bottles of poison in their hands to prevent machines being transported to the site of the Unit forcing Police to resort to lathi-charge in which more than two persons were injured. Police also took some persons into custody, it is learnt.

The protesters also said that the Unit be started only after killing them and demanded the arrival of the Deputy Commissioner or withdraw of prohibitory orders and allow them to continue their protest.

Police, led by Dy.SP Gangadharaswamy, who arrived at the spot made a futile-bid to persuade the protesters to withdraw the stir, also snatched bottles of poison from the hands of agitators.

Meanwhile Devappa and Giddamma, who were injured in the lathi-charge, are being treated at Kaggaladahundi General Hospital.

   ‘DAMPATHYA GEETHA’ KAVIGOSHTI MARKS BIRTH CENTENARY OF POET KSN

Caption: Fragrant inauguration: (from left) K. Ramesh, Legal expert Dr. C.K.N. Raja and BVB Karnataka Chairman N. Ramanuja are seen adorning the braid of their respective wives (from left - Dr. Sudha of Chaitra Foundation, Meenakshi and Pushpa) with jasmine flower to inaugurate the event.

Mysuru, July 25- Hoysala Kannada Sangha and Savigannada Patrika Balaga had organised ‘Dampathya Geetha’ kavigoshti and music programme at the Sangha premises here yesterday to mark the bith centenary of poet K.S. Narasimhaswamy (KSN).

Legal expert Dr. C.K.N. Raja, his wife Meenakshi, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) Karnataka Chairman N. Ramanuja, his wife Pushpa and KSN’s son K.N. Mahabala couple were among the senior couples, who participated in the function and exchanged pleasantries. All the senior couples were felicitated on the occasion.

They all opined that marriage was still a strong institution in India with fewer divorces compared to the west. They shared a few lighter lovable moments in their lives. Mahabala spoke on the works of KSN.

   FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROG. BEGINS AT SJCE

Caption:G. Kumar Naik, Managing Director, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, is seen lighting the lamp to inaugurate the week-long TEQIP-II sponsored Faculty Development Programme at SJCE this morning.

Mysuru, July 25- The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) has organised a week-long TEQIP-II sponsored Faculty Development Programme on ‘Sustenance of energy and environment-challenges and research dimension’ which commenced this morning at SJCE premises here.

G. Kumar Naik, Managing Director, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, inaugurated the programme. G.R. Nagabhushan, former Chairman, IISc, Bengaluru, delivered the keynote address. Principal Syed Shakeeb Ur Rahaman presided.

Power position: Later, Kumar Naik addressed a press meet at Hotel Southern Star here giving a power point presentation of facts and figures of power generation and utility.

He said that through the water reservoir storage position was low in the State, the power generation was kept reasonably good by implementation of new projects.

   CASE AGAINST EX-MAYOR R.G. NARASIMHA IYENGAR: HEARING ADJOURNED TO AUG.30

Mysuru, July 25- The First Additional Civil Judge and Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Shivanna, who took up the hearing this morning with respect to a forgery case filed against former Mayor R.G. Narasimha Iyengar by one M.B. Parvathy, adjourned the hearing to Aug. 30.

Parvathy had moved the Court in May 9, 2008 accusing Advocate and former Mayor R.G. Narasimha Iyengar, who represented her in a case which she filed against Allahabad Bank for an unexplained withdrawal of Rs. 20,000 towards loan account, for forging her signature and encashing the cheque of Rs. 84,000 from Punjab and Sind Bank.

The Court admitted Parvathy’s complaint and handed over the case to K.R. Police for investigation. Subsequently, the cheque and other related documents were sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) which in its report dated July 1, 2009 stated that signature and writing behind that cheque was indeed forged. Based on the FSL report, the K.R. Police filed a charge sheet against Iyengar on Jan. 7, 2010 under Sections 403, 406, 467, 468, 471 of IPC.

   THREE YOUTHS NABBED FOR STEALING FOOD PRODUCTS WORTH RS. 87,978

Mysuru, July 25 - Ashokapuram Police on Friday arrested three youths for stealing food products worth over Rs. 87,978 from a Tata Ace goods vehicle belonging to Hithen Associates, distributors of MTR Foods in Aravindanagar here.

The nabbed have been identified as Shankar, 20 of Jayanagar, Chandra alias Koli, 22 and Chandra’s brother Gautham, 20 residents of Ramakrishnanagar. All of them were taken into custody by the Police who also recovered the stolen food products, a goods vehicle and a TVS Excel two-wheeler from them.

Hithen Associates had lodged a complaint at Ashokapuram Police Station claiming that their food products kept in a goods vehicle that was parked near their godown were looted by miscreants on July 20 midnight.

Based on suspicion, Police interrogated one of the delivery boys, Shankar, who confessed to the crime committed along with his friends. Based on this information, Police nabbed his two accomplices also.

The suspects had broke open the vehicle, transferred the products to another vehicle that they brought and left without being noticed by the security. They later unloaded a few packets at Chandra’s house and hid the remaining in a bush at a deserted place near the Outer Ring Road in Dattagalli.

But later, Gautham, fearing getting caught by Police, transferred the packets kept in his house to their hiding spot. Shankar said they were planning to sell them in retail shops.

Chandra was arrested by Ashokapuram Police earlier too on charges under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The nabbing operation was carried out under the guidance of DCP N. Rudramuni and KR ACP C. Mallik by Ashokapuram Inspector N.G. Krishnappa, ASI Basavegowda, staff Rachaiah, Anand, Doddegowda, Kantha, Mahadevu, Raghavendra, Shivaprakash, Shivakumar, Girish, Mahesh, Ravi, Jagadish and Srinivas, according to a press release from the Office of the City Police Commissioner.

   POLICE BUST KIDNAPPING AND DACOITY CASE: NAB TWO BENGALURU-BASED DACOITS FOR ABDUCTING KERALA TRADER

Mysuru, July 25 - Metagalli Police have cracked the dacoity and kidnapping case reported in their limits on July 13. According to a press release from the City Police Commissioner’s Office, the Police have arrested Tahir Hussain, 28 and Abdul Karim, 24, both residents of Bengaluru, who were allegedly involved in the case.

Police said that the duo along with their accomplice, who came in two cars, waylaid five Kerala-based traders from Dubai on their way to Kozhikode in Kerala near Shreya Comforts on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway, attacked them with lethal weapons and pulled four traders out of the car before fleeing the spot along with one of the traders in their Toyota Innova car.

The miscreants had gagged the trader before dumping him at a deserted place from where he was kidnapped. The Police acting on a tip-off were able to arrest the duo on July 22 from Bengaluru. They also recovered the Toyota Innova Car worth Rs. 15 lakh, lethal weapons and mobile phones from the accused. Police are also in search of the other accused in the case.

Metagalli Police Inspector H.T. Sunil Kumar and staff Mallikarjunappa, Lingarajappa, H.S. Suresh, Geetha, City Technical Wing Inspector Hazmath Khan and staff B.N. Aradhya, C.M. Manju, Shyam and others took part in the nabbing and seizing operation under the guidance of DCP N. Rudramuni and NR ACP Umesh G. Shet. City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda has commended the team.

 
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