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   BRISK POLLING

Suttur Seer, Dejagow, Vishwanath, S.L. Bhyrappa, Pramoda Devi

Mysore- 35 % at 1 pm

Kodagu- 41% at 1 pm

Mandya -25% at 1 pm

Chamarajanagar-40% at 1 pm

Mysore, Apr. 17- With long queues witnessed at almost all the polling booths in city since 7 am, voting for Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency began on a brisk note with an estimated 17,21,197 voters including 8,54,065 women likely to exercise their franchise before the closure of polling at 6 pm at 1,973 polling booths spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts.

Elsewhere in the State, polling of votes for the remaining 27 Lok Sabha seats in the State, which began on a sober note, gained momentum as the day passed by.

In Mysore city, people were seen coming out in large numbers as early as 7 am to cast their votes. People were seen standing in queues with their ID cards at various polling booths.

All the markets in city wore a dull look as many shopswere closed and vehicular movement was also less.

The awareness on voting by District Administration and various other organisations seemed to have worked positively as the voter turn-out in Mysore was around 10% by 9 am and increased to 35% when we went to press. Brisk polling was reported in areas like Kuvempunagar, J.P. Nagar, Chamundipuram, Devaraja Mohalla, Nazarbad, Alanahalli and Siddarthanagar.

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji was among the early voters at a polling booth in JSS College on Ooty Road.

MLA Vasu cast his vote at a polling booth in Mahajana High School while MLAs M.K. Somashekar, Tanveer Sait and G.T. Devegowda cast their votes at their respective polling booths in city. Former Minister S.A. Ramdas accompanied by his mother Sarojamma cast their votes at a polling booth in St. Mary’s School in Vidyaranyapuram.

Pramoda Devi Wadiyar cast her vote at a polling booth in Srikanta School in Agrahara.

Few voters in city were seen expressing their displeasure as their names were missing in the voters list. People also complained about the photographs of the voters being changed.

The biggest phase of Lok Sabha polls 2014 began this morning with a total of 121 constituencies in 12 States going for polls. In Karnataka, single-phase polling for 28 Lok Sabha seats was held today with 435 candidates in fray. Around 85,000 security personnel were deployed across the State for free and fair elections. Armed forces from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have been also deployed in the State. A total of 4.62 crore voters were eligible for voting in more than 54,000 polling booths in the State. Around 6,072 video cameras were installed at various polling stations of which 2,687 had webcast facilities.

For the first time, the Election Commission of India has introduced Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system as an experiment in Bangalore South constituency.

Some of the key contestants include former Chief Ministers B.S. Yeddyurappa (Shimoga), Dharam Singh (Bidar), D.V. Sadananda Gowda (Bangalore North), H.D. Kumaraswamy and Veerappa Moily (both Chikkaballapur), former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda (Hassan), Nandan Nilekani and Ananthkumar (Bangalore South), K.H. Muniyappa (Kolar) and Mallikarjun Kharge (Gulbarga).

Thumb confusion

There was confusion among some polling officers, as to which finger to be be inked. There were reported incidents of some officers inking the index finger in some booths across the State instead of left thumb.

Vastu savvy Muniyappa

Vastu savvy Union Minister K.H. Muniyappa, who is contesting on a Congress ticket from Kolar Lok Sabha Constituency, today, created a ripple at the booth where he cast his vote.

It is reported that Muniyappa, who arrived at Booth No. 230 in Harohalli to cast his vote, changed the direction of the EVM from East to North before casting his vote.

   PADUVARAHALLI VOTERS PROTEST SUDDEN CHANGE OF POLLING BOOTH

District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad and MLA Vasu are seen pacifying the protesting voters.

Mysore, Apr. 17- Tension prevailed at Paduvarahalli (Vinayakanagar) here for over four hours this morning as the polling booth, which used to be assigned to the voters of the area for the last many years, had been shifted to another place without their knowledge.

The Government Higher Primary School in Paduvarahalli behind Matrumandali School (in Vontikoppal) used to be the usual polling centre. However, when the voters turned up this morning to cast their vote, they learnt that the polling booth (No. 92) had been shifted to another Govt. Higher Primary School in the same area on 8th Main, closer to Hunsur Road (No. 104).

But the voters’ slips indicated the centre as ‘Govt. Higher Primary School’ only, leaving an ambiguity as the complete address and landmark was not mentioned in the slip. More than 300 voters of Paduvarahalli had gathered at the old polling booth staging a protest and threatening to boycott the polls seeking a by-election. Incidentally, the area is said to have 1,232 voters.

Chamaraja MLA Vasu, Mayor N.M. Rajeshwari (who represents the Ward), JD(S) LS candidate Chandrashekaraiah, Election Officer R. Loknath and DCP A.N. Rajanna arrived at the spot to convince the protestors to vote but in vain.

The stalemate finally ended at 11.30 am with District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad arriving at the spot and persuading the voters to exercise their franchise.

   VIOLATION OF MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT

BJP protest forces CM to leave for Bangalore

BJP activists, led by MLC G. Madhusudhan and LS candidate Pratap Simha, staging a protest in front of the DC’s office, demanding DC’ intervention in CM Siddharamaiah’s alleged violation of poll code of conduct. Picture right shows Congress activists, staging a counter protest in defence of the Chief Minister.

Mysore, Apr. 17 (SR&DM)- Tension prevailed near the DC’s office for sometime last evening as BJP activists and Congress workers staged protest and counter protest over the issue of Chief Minister Siddharamaiah overstaying in the city.

While BJP workers, led by LS candidate Pratap Simha and MLC G. Madhusudhan, staged the protest accusing CM Siddharamaiah of violating the Model Code of Conduct which states that a non-voter political leader should leave the constituency 48 hours before the polling day.

Even as the BJP workers were about to leave the spot after being assured of action by DC C. Shikha, who is also the District Electoral Officer, who said that Siddharamaiah would leave the city, Congress activists attempted to stage a counter protest which led to a heated verbal exchange.

The Congress activists, on their part said that the Chief Minister had not violated the poll code of conduct and as the mutual wordy duel between the two parties reached a crescendo, the Police resorted to a mild lathi charge, bringing the situation under control.

Earlier, BJP workers led by MLC G. Madhusudhan, alleging that Chief Minister Siddharamaiah was meeting Congress leaders at his Ramakrishna Nagar residence, which was in violation of the model code of conduct as he is a voter of Siddaramanahundi which falls under Varuna assembly segment of Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency, urged the Deputy Commissioner to ask the Chief Minister to leave Mysore Lok Sabha constituency.

Even as the BJP workers were about to disperse, Congress workers led by Amit Devarahatti, son of Congress LS candidate A.H. Vishwanath and M. Lakshman arrived at the spot which led to tension for some time.

The Congress workers also raised slogans against BJP candidate Pratap Simha, questioning why he was still in the constituency when the model code is the same for everyone.

   NEIGHBOURS OF CM COMPLAIN OF HARASSMENT

Mysore, Apr. 17- Many residents living around Chief Minister Siddharamaiah’s Ramakrishna Nagar residence in city on Tuesday complained that supporters of Chief Minister who come to visit him when he is in city were creating nuisance in the area besides threatening if they objected to it.

One Gopal and his family, residing adjacent to the CM’s house staged a protest in front of CM’s house recently alleging that Siddharamaiah’s supporters and a lot of general public, in their hundreds who throng the residence often indulge in throwing cigarette butts, urinating, chewing ghutka and spitting on the compound, thus contaminating the environment.

Gopal and his family also alleged that Siddharamaiah’s Personal Assistant Kumar had even threatened them if they raised their voice against the happenings.

However, CM Siddharamaiah, who was present at the residence assured Gopal that he would take care to avoid such incidents in future.

Public toilets in CM’s backyard

Mysore, Apr. 17- Hundreds of people who are forced to wait for long to meet Siddharamaiah at his residence in the city may soon need not wait to go far to attend nature’s call as the MCC is planning to construct toilets in the backyard of the Chief Minister’s residence.

It is also learnt that the MCC officials are considering to provide a mobile toilet facility and a final call in this regard will be taken after the election.

Interestingly, the move comes close on the heels of Siddharamaiah’s neighbours Gopal and his family complaining about CM’s staff and supporters attending nature’s call in front of their house.

Sources said that lack of public toilets in the vicinity of the CM’s house force the visitors to relieve themselves wherever they find convenient and the toilet facility will be a relief particularly to senior citizens and others suffering from ailments like diabetes or blood pressure.

Meanwhile, MCC Taxation Appeals and Finance Standing Committee Chairman B.L. Bhyrappa has said that a survey will be conducted to find whether there is place for construction of a public toilet in the locality.

MCC Health Officer Dr. Nagaraj said that a mobile toilet or a toilet in the premises of CM’s house are feasible options, while Mayor N.M. Rajeshwari said that she would discuss the matter with officials before taking a final decision.

   LIFE-CYCLE OF BULBUL THROUGH THE LENS OF GIMDS PRINCIPAL

1) Empty nest 2) The first egg in the nest 3) Now two eggs 4) Mother incubating the eggs 5) Hatchlings 6) Without opening the eyes, the hatchlings opening their mouth expecting food from their mother 7) A few days after, the hatchlings opened their eyes 8) Opening their mouth to get food from their mother 9) Bulbul bird bringing insects to feed its young ones 10) Rest after food inside the nest. 11) Hatchlings with feathers growing. 12) Hatchings waiting for their Parents 13) A crow waiting for an opportunity to prey on Bulbul’s hatchlings 14) Father stading guard to protect its young ones from predators. 15) Principal A.S. Mahesha, who captured these photographs.

Mysore, Apr. 17- It is an Industrial area were life runs with machines and sound, but nature and its elements cannot be questioned at any extent by humans.

GIMDS College campus with more than 8 acre of land covered with trees and garden receives seasonal birds. The college seems to be a silent natural garden were the rightful inhabitants of this earth visits.

The Principal of GIMDS College, A.S. Mahesha, has successfully captured the life cycle of Bulbul bird.

The photos of Bulbul and its eggs which hatched with its own tenure.

The photo’s represents and proves that as humans even the birds also take care and protects their children which justifies that even the animals and birds are also the rightful inhabitants of this earth and human beings should co-exist with them.

   ASHODAYA SAMITHI WELCOMES SC VERDICT ON TRANSGENDER

Mysore, Apr. 17- Ashodaya Samithi, an organisation comprising female, male and transgender sex workers in city, has welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on transgenders.

In a press release, the Samithi has stated: "The 15th of April 2014 will be cherished for a long time by transgender sex workers of the Samithi. The Supreme Court judgment recognising them as the third gender paves way for social, economic and political inclusion of transgender persons and heralds victory in their tireless attempts to claim their rightful space in the society."

“What is heartening to note in the judgment is the articulation of our issues as human rights issues not merely as social or medical issues,” said Akram Pasha, community leader and Director of Ashodaya Academy.

Ashodaya Samithi has been striving for recognition of transgender sex workers as citizens of India and thus staking claims of equal rights. “Such rights begin with recognition of our gender to rights to education, employment, healthcare and other social entitlements,” said Pallavi, a transgender leader.

Leaders in Ashodaya Samithi did admit that it will take a longer time for a change in societal perception about transgender people and social acceptance, but they said it is a humble beginning in the right direction.

“There are many issues to tackle - our education, employment, marriage, property rights, adoption rights and so on... but we are happy today that the apex court has recognised us and has directed the Central and State governments to work out a plan to include us and restore our rights,” said Girija a transgender person from Ashodaya.

The Samithi also takes this opportunity to the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) who had filed the PIL in the Supreme Court that has assisted in the landmark judgment, states the press release.

   GOVERNOR IN CITY TOMORROW TO INAUGURATE EYE HOSPITAL

Mysore, Apr. 17 (BNR)- Governor H.R. Bhardwaj will inaugurate the state-of-the art eye hospital, Nethradhama Super Speciality Hospital, a unit of Nethradhama Hospitals Pvt. Ltd., at 1118, Geeta Road, Chamarajapuram, tomorrow at 6 pm.

Prafullatha Bhardwaj, MP A.H. Vishwanath, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences VC Dr. K.S. Sriprakash, MLA Vasu, City Police Commissioner Dr. S.A. Saleem, Mayor N.M. Rajeshwari and Corporator Sameena Jabeen will be the special guests on the occasion.

   FIRST EVER ROTABLATION IN MYSORE REGION SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTED AT JSS HOSPITAL

Seen in the picture are (from left) Dr. Umesh Nareppa, Dr. Shyam Prasad Shetty, Dr. Arun Srinivas and Dr. Sunil Kumar at the press meet held at JSS Hospital in city recently.

Mysore, Apr. 17 - The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Services of JSS Hospital, Mysore, conducted their first ever Rotablation, a revolutionary procedure to treat blocked arteries, at its hospital in city recently.

A team of Cardiologists including Dr. Guruprasad, lead by Dr. Arun Srinivas, performed the procedure.

Two patients, aged 63 and 66 years, with previous history of heart attacks and multiple blockages in their coronary arteries, underwent this procedure. Old age, poor ejection fraction, inefficient left heart pumping and a chronically ailing heart posed significant risk on them for a surgical procedure. Rotablation was the only procedure of choice in such a situation.

Both the patients have been discharged sound and fit and are back to their normal routines at home.

The team of doctors comprising — Dr. Nagaraj Desai, along with Dr. Arun Srinivas, Dr. Shamprasad Shetty, Dr. Sunil Kumar, Dr. Guruprasad, Dr. Umesh Nareppa, Dr. Dinesh Kumar and Dr. Murugesh Wali — successfully conducted the Rotablation procedure.

Dr. Nagaraj Desai, Professor and Head, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Services, JSS Hospital, said that Rotablation is extremely suited for those aged above 60 years, presenting with calcified arteries, where both angioplasty and by-pass surgery are considered difficult.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. K. Charturvedi, Director, JSS Hospital, said that the procedure was a very highly skilled and technically challenging treatment option where only a handful of hospitals in the country offer this procedure.

JSS Medical College Principal, Dr. Basavanagowdappa, said that with the successful conduct of this procedure, JSS Hospital has entered the league of a few elite super specialty cardiac centres in India and added that they were proud to have achieved this milestone.

Dr. R.K. Chaturvedi, Director, JSS Hospital; Dr. Basavanagowdappa, Principal, JSS Medical College; Dr. Nagaraj Desai, Professor and Head, JSS Hridayakshema; Mahesh, Director-Medical Education JSS Mahavidyapeetha; Dr. Arun Srinivas, Professor and Head, Dept. of Cardiology, Dr. Shamprasad Shetty, Professor and Head, Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery were among those present at the press meet.

What is Rotablation?

Dr. Arun Srinivas, Professor and Head of the Department of Cardiology, said that Rotablation which is also known as Rotational Atherectomy, is a recent development in the field of Interventional Cardiology. It is a revolutionary procedure to remove the blockade in the coronary arteries, supplying the blood to the heart.

Dr. Arun Srinivas, addressing the press meet yesterday, said that this procedure has come as a boon to those patients where the open heart surgery poses a significantly high risk and added that the blockage is removed with a device which rotates at very high speed.

He said that the procedure is done with minimally invasive and does not inflict any major surgical injury to the patient. The patient is generally fit to be discharged in a day or to two, he added.

   SAARC AGRICULTURE CENTRE MEMBERS VISIT CSR&TI

Dr. B.B. Bindroo (centre), Director, CSR&TI, Mysore, is seen with the SAARC members.

Mysore, Apr.17- In an initiative by the International Sericulture Commission (ISC) to expand sericulture activities in the SAARC countries, the Secretary General of the ISC Ishitha Roy, IAS, invited a two-member delegation from SAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh, comprising Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad, Director and Dr. Tayan Raj Gurung, Sr. Programme Specialist (NRM), SAC Secretariat, for an exposure-cum-orientation visit to Karnataka, particularly Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute (CSR&TI), Mysore. It was the maiden visit to the Institute for these two dignitaries on Apr. 11.

Dr. B.B. Bindroo, Director, CSR&TI, Mysore and Senior Scientists/officers extended a warm welcome to the dignitaries. The Director took hem around the campus — technology museum, mulberry gardens, CRC, Sericulture Engineering Division and a few important laboratories like Molecular Biology, Silkworm Physiology, Silkworm Breeding, Silkworm Pathology, Pest Management, Bioinformatics Centre and Training Division.

The dignitaries evinced keen interest in the activities of the Institute. They discussed with the concerned scientists in length about the recent technological developments in the field of sericulture and their adaptability in the field.

Later, in an interactive meet with the scientists and officials, the Director briefed them about the contributions of the institute and its current activities encompassing major achievements.

He also gave a brief outline of the status of sericulture in India as well as the member countries of SAARC. He mentioned that India has diverse agro-climatic conditions and the R & D institutions of CSB located in the varied climatic zones have developed a number of sericulture technologies specific to the local needs.

Appreciating the achievements of CSR&TI, Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad said that “the rise in productivity from 65 kg to 96 kg during last ten years itself speaks volumes about the original work done by CSR&TI.” He informed that HRD is the top priority for Bangladesh. He felt technology trials among SAARC countries involve exchange of materials which could be a lengthy process due to strict regulations and guidelines. He highlighted the need for development of both forward and backward linkages for expansion of sericulture.

He hoped that countries like Bangladesh and Bhutan would be greatly benefited through its association with CSR&TI.

Dr. Tayan Raj Gurung, Sr. Programme Specialist (NRM), SAC briefed that though efforts were made in Bhutan earlier for expansion of sericulture activities , it did not pick up as Bhutan being primarily a Buddhist country, people did not want to kill the pupae during the reeling process. However, he felt that now with the recent developments in the technological front, killing of pupae could be avoided or other alternatives could be thought of encompassing ericulture.

Dr. T. Thippeswamy, Scienist-D, Dr. Manthira Moorthy, Scientists- D, co-coordinated the visit.

   EPIGRAPHY THROWS LIGHT ON CULTURE, HISTORY AND HERITAGE: VC

Epigraphist R. Sheshashastri (2nd from right) is seen releasing the ‘Epigraphia Carnatica - Volume 25’ at KIKS premises in Manasagangotri. Others seen are KIKS Director N.M. Talwar and Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa.

Mysore, Apr. 17 (KCU&MK)- “Epigraphy throws light on history, culture and heritage of the State,” opined Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa.

He was presiding over a programme organised by Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies (KIKS) of Mysore University at its premises in Manasagangotri here yesterday to mark the release of ‘Epigraphia Carnatica - Volume 25.’

Prof. Rangappa said that epigraphy would be a beacon for the next generation. He lauded the effort of KIKS in coming out with the invaluable book and said that the government had provided a fund of Rs. 40 lakh for the making of the Epigraphia.

He added that out of 25 volumes of Epigraphia Carnatica, 15 volumes have been released and the University would provide assistance to publish the remaining 10 volumes.

Releasing the book, Epigraphist R. Sheshashastri opined that the number of epigraphists was dwindling day by day and Mysore Varsity has done a commendable job in that context to uphold the importance of the subject.

Editor of the book Dr. H.S. Gopala Rao, KIKS Director N.M. Talwar, litterateur Aravind Malagathi and others were present.

   CM SIDDHARAMAIAH, R. DHRUVANARAYAN, A.R. KRISHNAMURTHY CAST VOTES

Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha

Chamarajanagar LS Congress candidate and MP R. Dhruvanarayan was the first one to cast his ballot at Heggawadi polling booth this morning. Picture right shows the BJP candidate A.R. Krishnamurthy praying before exercising his franchise.

Chamarajanagar, Apr. 17 - Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha Constituency of which Varuna Assembly segment is represented by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah is a part, witnessed brisk polling since morning.

Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha constituency Congress Candidate R. Dhruvanarayan was among the first voters to exercise his franchise at his native village Heggawadi in the Taluk this morning.

Dhruvanarayan, who went to the polling booth at Heggawadi along with fellow villagers, was among the first to vote after polling commenced at 7 am.

Later, speaking to media persons, Dhruvanarayan expressed confidence that he would win by a comfortable margin and the Congress led UPA would return to power at the Centre.

Asserting that the development works he had undertaken in the constituency over the past 5 years would help him win the polls easily, Dhruvanarayan said he would win by a larger margin this time.

BJP candidate

Chamarajnagar Lok Sabha constituency BJP candidate A.R. Krishnamurthy cast his ballot at the polling booth in his native village of Alur in the Taluk this morning.

The god-fearing A.R. Krishnamurthy, accompanied by his wife and daughter, arrived at the booth soon after the commencement of poll, prayed to the almighty before casting his ballot.

Later, speaking to press persons, Krishnamurthy expressed confidence of winning the poll. "The Narendra Modi wave is sweeping across the country, with people desperately wanting a change," he said, while recalling his services as a two-time MLA and the contribution of his father Late B. Rachaiah for the development of the constituency.

CM votes

The Election Commission has installed webcams in 10 polling booths across Varuna Assembly segments including one at Siddaramanahundi (Booth 82), where CM Siddharamaiah cast his vote after visiting Siddharameshwara Temple at his native village. The webcams are directly connected to the Election Commission's website. Polling across the constituency was peaceful, with people standing in queues at polling booths, waiting for their turn to vote.

 
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