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Two from city top Mysuru district

Dakshina Kannada tops State, Mysuru ranked 11th

Caption: Vijaya Vittala Educational Institutions Hon. Secretary R. Vasudev Bhat seen congratulating Vidya R. Madhyan, who emerged as joint district topper scoring 591 marks as Vijaya Vittala Composite PU College Principal H. Satyaprasad, Vidya’s parents Bhavana R. Madhyan and A. Rajesh look on. Picture right shows Marimallappa PU College Principal M.S. Prasanna Kumar congratulating G. Akhila, who emerged joint district topper as Akhila’s parents H.S. Sreekanthamani and V.K. Guruprakash look on.

Mysuru, May 25- The much awaited second PUC results were announced this morning and two students from Mysuru have topped the district scoring 591 marks each.

Vidya R. Madhyan of Vijaya Vittala Composite PU College and G. Akhila of Marimallappa PU College are students who have topped the district.

Vidya, daughter of A. Rajesh, a businessman and Bhavana R. Madhyan, a home-maker, residents of Gokulam, scored 100 each in Physics, Mathematics and Biology, 98 in Chemistry, 94 in English and 99 in Hindi while G. Akhila, daughter of V.K. Guruprakash, an employee of New India Assurance and H.S. Sreekanthamani, residents of K.R. Mohalla, has scored 99 each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, 98 in Mathematics, 96 in English and 100 in Sanskrit.

In the State, the overall result has dropped by around 3 percent with 57.20 percent compared to 60.54 percent last year. In total 6,36,368 students had appeared for the exam out of which only 3,64,013 students have passed. Dakshina Kannada district stood first with 90.48 overall pass percentage followed by Udupi (90.35) and Kogadu (79.35) in second and third place respectively. Yadgir secured the last place with 44.16 overall pass percentage.

Mysuru secured 11th position with 65.53%, Hassan secured 12th place with 65.47%, Chamarajanagar secured 13th place with 64.86% and Mandya came in 24th with 56.52%.

State toppers: Among the State toppers, Sahana Kulkarni, a student of V.S. Darbar College, Vijayapura, emerged topper in Commerce stream scoring 594 marks, while Anita Basappa, a student of Indu PU College of Kottur in Kudligi of Ballari, emerged topper in Arts stream scoring 594 marks and Rakshitha, a student VVS Sardar Patel PU College, Bengaluru, emerged topper in Science stream with a total of 596 marks.

This year, the overall pass percentage in individual stream has not been great with only 42.12 percent students passing in Arts, 64.16 percent in Commerce and 66.25 percent in Science streams.


Mysuru, May 25- Janamana Ranga President C.P. Tamanna has urged Chief Minister Siddharamaiah to ensure comprehensive development of the Hill by providing necessary infrastructure with destroying its natural ambience.

In a press release, Tamanna, stressing on the need of making the Hill more alluring, advocated a ban on indiscreet residential buildings atop the Hill and wants setting up a Hospital, School, Skill Development Training Centre and improving civic amenities.

Calling for developing a horticulture farm, that caters to the needs of birds, domestic animals such as cattle, rabbits, deer etc. and growing of medicinal and herbal plants, he emphasised on the need for protecting the caves.

Explaining the importance of improving the steps at the foothill, Tamanna urged the authorities to construct toilets, shelters to relax etc. and to provide drinking water and a solar lighting system.


Property owners want permanent solution, not temporary relief

Mysuru, May 25- B.P. Manjunath, Convenor of Survey No. 4 (Kurubarahalli) Hitharakshana Samithi, Siddarthanagar, has welcomed the Government’s decision to end the Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 row by instructing the officials to issue land-related documents to property owners in another 10 days.

In a press release, Manjunath said that the government’s decision must not be a temporary one but a permanent one to ensure that no problems arise in future.

Asking the government to clear the air whether MUDA had created Siddarthanagar, J.C. Layout, K.C. Layout and Income Tax (IT) Layout after acquiring the land within the framework of Law, Manjunath questioned, who must be held responsible for the utter confusion that prevailed over the past four years and whether any action will be taken against those found irresponsible.

Highlighting the plight of the property owners of these layouts, who could not do any transactions about their landed properties, he wondered who will believe MUDA, a government body, if problems regarding the legality of the title of the sites auctioned and allotted by MUDA resurface once again.

As such, the government should initiate appropriate measures to ensure that the problems in respect of land-related documents like Khata transfer, registration, title deed, sale deed, building license, etc. do not recur, Manjunath said, while expressing hope that the government’s action will bring a permanent solution to the plight of hundreds of property owners in these layouts.


Devotees want authorities to give priority to restore the gopura instead of destroying the hill in the name of development

Caption: Cracks developed in the Gopura of Chamundeshwari Temple. Picture right shows one of the damaged sculptures in the Temple.

Mysuru, May 25- The Chamundi Hill, which is one of the most famous tourist and pilgrimage spots in the city, is now in the news for a wrong reason. The Government’s projects in the name of development that may alter the very nature of the Hill has received widespread opposition from the concerned citizens.

To add to the woes of Chamundi Hill, the sculptures on the Mahagopura of the temple have developed cracks, with small plants germinating from the cracks. This has caused great concern among lakhs of devotees visiting the temple throughout the year.

Also, some of the idols in the temple are in a state of neglect over the years. Although the entire temple is white-washed during Dasara every year, the devotees are left disappointed, with the authorities failing to take appropriate measures to repair the damaged gopura.

Meanwhile, several associations, including Mysuru Kannada Vedike, which have brought the matter to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner, have urged the authorities concerned to act immediately and repair the cracks in the Mahagopura and also the idols instead of taking up unscientific development works atop the hill.


Desecration of Dr. Ambedkar’s flexboard: Three reasons

Chamarajangar, May 25- The District Police, after conducting a detailed probe into the April 2016 Honganuru clash, which erupted after a flexboard of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was desecrated, have come to a conclusion that Kemparaju, a Dalit, President of Ambedkar Association, is the prime accused.

Disclosing this to media persons here yesterday, Superintendent of Police Kuldipkumar R. Jain said, “Six out of seven accused, who allegedly insulted Ambedkar’s flex by garlanding it with footwear have been arrested. Kemparaju, President of Ambedkar Association of the village, is found to be the prime accused.”

“Doddarangaiah, Nanjaiah alias Deveragudda Nanjaiah, Mahadeva alias Kunta Mahadeva, Mahadeva alias Pachalike Mahadeva, Chamadasaiah and Kemparaju are the arrested. Other accused are at large and would be arrested soon,” he added.

SP Jain said that the probe revealed three elements for the clash, which has also been confessed by Kemparaju himself.

He said that the members of local groups had met six months ago and decided to clear the shops near the bus stand in the village. A notice was issued by Village Panchayat in this regard. But, a few shop owners had approached the Court and had brought a stay order.

Kemparaju, his friend Bar Mahesh and others, who did not expect this, were waiting for an incident to happen, when the shops can be destroyed and removed. When Ambedkar Jayanti was celebrated in the village on Apr. 14 and 19, the photos of Kemparaju and his friends were missing in the flexes, which irked Kemparaju.

After this, Kemparaju decided to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti on Apr. 30 in a grand manner and needed more than Rs. 1 lakh. But, they were able to collect only Rs. 35,000. Kemparaju, who knew it would be an insult if the programme cannot be celebrated in a grand manner, hatched a conspiracy to insult the flex of Ambedkar, so that the function can be cancelled.

He discussed the issue with his friends during the village fair on Apr. 26 and 27. On Apr. 28, he himself tied the flex with footwear, triggering the clash.

Further, the SP said that Kemparaju had confessed during the probe that he and his friends visited the spot at 3 am and again at 6.30 am. Expecting tension, they utilised the opportunity to get rid of the shops near the bus stand. They allegedly sprinkled diesel on the shops and torched them.

The SP clarified that the Department has not succumbed to any political pressure and has conducted the probe in a transparent manner.

“Seventeen people have been arrested in connection with the clash and an FIR is filed against 150 people. There is no need for anxiety as only the guilty are being arrested,” he said.

Additional SP Muthuraj M. Gowda and Dy.SP Mahantesh Muppinamutt were present.


Mysuru, May 25- Regional Commissioner A.M. Kunjappa, who is also the Returning Officer for election to the Karnataka Legislative Council from South Graduates Constituency slated for June 9, yesterday evening announced that all the 19 nomination papers submitted by various candidates was in order.

Speaking to media persons after completion of the scrutiny of papers at his office on Hunsur Road in city, he said that all the 19 papers including that of Congress Candidate Dr. H.N. Ravindra, BJP’s M.V. Ravishankar, K.T. Sreekantegowda of the JD(S) and Vatal Pakhsa leader Vatal Nagaraj were found valid.

Among others whose papers were also found to be in order were H.K. Krishna of Karunadu Party, K.P. Chidanand of Samajawadi Party, Nagabhushan Aradhya of Samajawadi Janata Party, Independents R.K. Govil, Prof. K.S. Bhagwan, Dr. Krishnamurthy, H.N. Manchegowda, G.N. Manju, P.S. Yedurappa, M.N. Ravishankar, S. Rajiv, G.S. Vishwanath, N. Veerabhadraswamy, N.R. Ravichadregowda and Y.S. Siddaraju.

Rebel’s objection to Dr. Ravindra’s nomination rejected

The Regional Commissioner made the above announcement after rejecting an objection by Y.S. Siddaraju against the nomination of Dr. Ravindra of the Congress citing that the Congress candidate was facing a Lokayukta probe under Anti-Corruption Act, 1998 in a case related to misappropriation of salary of a woman doctor when on maternity leave.

As Siddaraju raised the objection, Kunjappa summoned both Siddaraju and Dr. Ravidra for a hearing at his office and rejected the objection after hearing to both the concerned parties.

Speaking after rejecting Siddaraju’s objection, the regional Commissioner said that under the provisions of People’s representation Act, a person cannot be disqualified from contesting an election as long as he or she is not convicted by a Court of Law and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of more than two years.

Case is pending

Justifying his decision to reject the objection filed by Siddaraju, The Regional Commissioner said ‘Though Dr. Ravindra has been charged under Anti-Corruption Act, the case is still pending before the Principal District and Sessions Court in Hassan’ and added that those who are left in fray can withdraw their nomination before 3 pm on May 26.


Bengaluru, May 25- Urging the Government to expedite the inquiry process to solve the case of murder of former VC and Researcher, Dr. M.M. Kalburgi, various writers of State have written letters to the Prime Minister and the President. They have also written letters to the Union Home Minister, Governor and Chief Minister, expressing speculations over the inordinate delay in solving the case.

The writers include Chandrashekar Patil, Dr. Narendra Nayak, Dr. Panditharadhya, Dr. Hema Pattanashetty, Vasantha Shetty and Dr. Kadana Kuppe.

The writers alleged that the inordinate delay in solving the case would send a wrong message to society indicating support to religious fundamentalists.

Dr. Kalburgi was slain in his house on Aug. 30, 2015.


Mysuru, May 25- The premises of Kalamandira yesterday evening reverberated with the sounds of various folk instruments forcing the people passing through Vinoba Road and Hunsur Road to enter the premises to have glimpse of children beating the drums and other folk instruments. The occasion was the valedictory of ‘Naavu Pourakarmikara Makkalalla Mahapauraru’, a special summer camp organised by Adidravida Tamate Mathu Nagari Samskruthika Kala Vrunda for children of Pourakarmikas in city.

The programme with the theme ‘Samskruthi Sankranthi Utsav,’ organised as part of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations, witnessed around 125 children beat the ‘Nagari’ in a synchronised manner to welcome the guests for the function. Later, in the cultural programme at Kalamandira, the children inaugurated the event by rendition of the song ‘Tala Thanni Mela Thanni Jai Anniro….Sridevi Pattaladammage Uge Anniro’ praising the family deity of Pourakarmika fraternity. The children also performed Patada Kunita, Kamsale, Dollu Kunita, other folk dances and songs much to the delight of the audience.

Speaking on the occasion, Camp Director Srinivas G. Kappanna said that these children possessed special talent and abilities which was difficult to find in other children.

“Unfortunately, none of MCC officials including the MCC Commissioner visited the camp to witness the talent the children possessed. It was only the Mayor, who visited the camp once,” he added.

Artistes Mandya Ramesh, Dr. B.K. Sumithra, Premalatha Diwakar, Kala Vrunda President C. Manjunath were present.


Bismillah Khan Vishesh Puraskar’ for first and second place winners

Mysuru, May 25- With a view to encourage young artistes, Akashvani, Mysuru, has organised a National-level Music Competition. Those in the age group 16-24 years may take part.

The entry fee for the competition is Rs. 300 which shall be paid to The Station Director, All India Radio, Mysuru, through money order.

Artistes who perform in Yuvavani programme may also take part in the event. But, the artistes who have been graded by the Local Audition Committee and Regional Audition Board are not allowed to participate.

The competitions will be held in various categories including Karnatak and Hindustani vocal and instruments, devotional songs, bhavageethe, folk songs and group singing.

The preliminary round of the competition will be held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 22, 2016.

The candidates selected in the preliminary round will be invited for final recording.

The first and second place winners will be awarded with Akashvani Ustad Bismillah Khan Vishesh Puraskar, instituted by AIR in honour of the Shehnai Maestro as part of the Maestro’s birth centenary.

Prescribed forms must be collected from Akashavani Mysuru and filled-in forms must be submitted before June 10.


Gayatri bags 10 gold medals, emerges topper in EEE

Mysuru, May 25 - M.Gayatri Prabhu, a student of GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women (GSSSIETW), has secured 1st rank, scoring 90.72% in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), during the examination conducted by Visweswaraya Technological University.

She was also awarded 9 gold medals, inclduing VTU Gold Medal, for having secured 1st Rank, Highest Marks, in BE Electrical & Electronics Engineering, highest marks among the Rank Holders in any branch of BE and highest marks among the students of the Engineering Colleges affiliated to VTU.

Another student S. Shanmugapriya secured 2nd rank (85.67%) in M.Tech. (Digital Communication & Networking).

The studnets of Maharaja Institute of Technology (MIT), Mysuru, have also faired well in the examination with R. Pavan Raj securing 2nd rank in Civil Engineering with an aggregate of 88.46 percent, S. Ganavi securing 6th rank in Civil Engineering with an aggregate of 86.84 percent and R. Arun securing 3rd rank in M.Tech in Thermal Power Engineering with an aggregate of 80.58 percent.

Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering has also bagged 10 ranks in the VTU exams.

In BE examinations, R. Chaitra (84.12%), B. Karthika (82.03%), S.J. Deekshitha (80.99%) and Nikitha Dechakka (76.49%) have secured 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Ranks respectively in Environmental Engineering discipline and M.S. Meghana (82.43%) has secured 4th Rank in Information and Science Engineering.

In M.Tech, Alfred Vivek D’Souza (84.50%), J. Pallavi (82.38%) have secured 2nd and 3rd rank respectively in Signal Processing discipline and R. Prabodh Sai Dutt (80.29%), K.G. Vismay (79.54%), H.R. Praneeth (78.42%) have secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ranks respectively in Computational Analysis in Mechanical Science (MCS) discipline.


Mysuru, May 25- Chiguru Sanje-2016, a classical cultural extravaganza in Vasundhara Bani, will be held on May 26 and 27 between 6 pm and 9 pm at Jaganmohan Palace auditorium on K.V. Road in city.

Choreography and Dance direction will be by Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy.

The first day event will be inaugurated by Prof. Geores Paul Venior, Art Critic and Musicologist from Thrissur. C.R. Himamshu, Secretary, SPVGMC Trust, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Vidu. Sheela Sridhar, HoD, Fine Arts College, University of Mysore, will be felicitated for her yeomen service to Classical Dance [Bharatanatyam].

On Day-2, the event will be inaugurated by Dr. U.G. Shenoy, Paediatrician, Kamakshi Hospital. Prof. S. Ramaprasad, President, Karnataka Muktaka Sahitya Academy Trust, will be the chief guest.

Vid. K. Ramachandra (Gamaki) will be felicitated for his contribution to Gamaka.

A. Raghunath, Patron VPAC, will preside on both the days.

More than 50 tiny-tots will showcase their talent in Vasundhara Bani during the two-day event.

The participants are: Sameeksha M. Urs, N. Veekshitha, N. Monica, B. Chandan, J. Sumana, S. Lakshitha, S. Priyanka, Anagha S. Bhat, S. Supriya, S.R. Pragna, Suksha Kiran, C.N. Prarthana, Rakshitha M. Bharadwaj, Sreejani Halder, M. Anushree, Anagha Joshi, Srilalitha Yobugari, R. Kushi, J. Ganavi, Tiana Chandra, Ishani Paul, Nishitha Rajendra, P.S. Prakruthi, K. Thanvitha S. Deepaknarayan, Bharadwaj, Jyothsan J. Herle, Khyathi Jain, P. Kirthi, T.N. Panchami, Preethu Manjunath, Amrutha, Yuktha S. Dayaka, B. Chethana, S.P. Supraja, Jeevana Suhas Godhi, Preethu Rajesh, I.S. Shresta, Vaibhashree, S. Harini, V. Shreya, Arushi Sharath, V. Sathwika, S. Sudeepthi, A.N. Srujani, K. Ananya, Yamini M. Kashyap, Kreethi, Manya, Angha, Shrestha, Sanvy, Apeksha, Atmika, Pragna, Prathiksha, Sumani P. Singh, Lithika, Suman, Chinmayee, Bhakthi, Raksha, Harshitha, Charvi, Roshani and Anusha.

Accompanying artistes are: Natuvanga - Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy, Vocal - Vidu. Deepthi Srinath, Mridanga - Vid. Hanumantharaju and Flute - Vid. Rakesh.

The two-day event is supported by Kannada and Culture Department, Suryani and Zabi Handicraft Exports and a host of well-wishers.

Admission is free.


Mysuru, May 25- An incident of a woman losing gold ornaments worth Rs. 2.18 lakh which she had kept in a purse before entering city Zoo, has been reported on Monday.

The woman, who lost her jewellery, has been identified as N. Deepa, a resident of Belawadi here.

It is reported that Deepa, after attending a marriage ceremony of her relative, went to Mysuru Zoo along with her mother Jagadamba at about 12.30 pm. But before entering the Zoo, Deepa kept a 40 gram long gold chain, 28 grams gold necklace and a 58 grams gold chain which her mother was wearing in a purse and kept it in her vanity bag.

After coming out from the Zoo at about 2.45 pm, Deepa opened her vanity bag only to find the purse in which she had kept her mother’s jewellery missing and lodged a complaint at Nazarbad Police Station.

Nazarbad Police have registered a case and are investigating.

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