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Caption: Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha is seen addressing the party workers during a demonstration in front of DC’s Office in city this morning.

Mysuru, Aug. 24- Alleging that Amnesty International India was engaged in providing a platform for anti-national activities, more than 200 activists of BJP City Unit, as part of the party’s Statewide agitation, staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today demanding a ban on the group.

Accusing the State Government of failing to arrest the sloganeers, who raised anti-India and anti-Indian army slogans at an event hosted by Amnesty at Bengaluru recently, the BJP activists demanded that the probe into the sedition charges slammed against Amnesty be handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Strongly condemning the Police lathi charge on ABVP activists, who were protesting against Amnesty at Bengaluru, the protestors demanded suspension of all cops accused of high-handedness.

MP Pratap Simha, City BJP President Dr. B.H. Manjunath, leaders Thontadarya, C.H. Vijayashankar, Rajesh, Nandeesh Preetham, B.P. Manjunath, Kautilya Raghu, Murali, Chikkamma Basavaraj and others led the demonstration in Mysuru.

In another protest over the same issue, the BJP District Unit staged a demonstration in front of Mini Vidhana Soudha at Nazarbad.

District BJP President Kote M. Shivanna, leaders Appanna, S.C. Ashok, Ka.Pu. Siddalingaswamy, Phaneesh, L.R. Mahadevaswamy and others led the protestors who were more than 100 in number.

Similar protests were held at all District Headquarters across the State by the respective district units of the BJP.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- “The Government should ban outfits and groups that attempt to disturb communal harmony by indulging in anti-national activities,” opined MP Pratap Simha.

Addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here today, the MP thanked the City Police Commissioner for cracking RSS leader Raju murder case.

Expressing concern over the prime accused being involved in many other murder cases, the MP felt that the whole matter should be probed in depth as many other people could be on the hit-list of the accused.


Caption: A view of Vijayashripura Layout in Mysuru.

Bengaluru, Aug. 24- A High-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah here yesterday to discuss Vijayashripura Layout row in Mysuru, has put the onus on the State Cabinet to decide the fate of the Layout residents.

The meeting held at the CM’s Home Office ‘Krishna,’ discussed in detail about the issue, in the wake of Supreme Court’s order to MUDA asking it to evict encroachments in the Layout by Sept. 15. The meeting deliberated on giving Government nod for one part of the map, followed by approvals from MUDA and concerned Departments.

The CM is said to have directed officials to come up with a plan so that the Government can study it, give its approval, before looking at any legal recourse.

Reminding the officials that it would be a wasteful exercise to move the Court once again in the absence of any plan, Siddharamaiah is said to have directed the officials to draft separate plans for vacant spaces and for lands as which structures have come up in the locality. Observing that it would be much easier for the Government to approve the separate plans, the Chief Minister is said to have expressed disappointment over official apathy in drafting separate plans.

Instructing the officials to expedite the task, the Chief Minister is said to have told them that the Government cannot do anything unless separate plans are drawn.

The State Advocate General, who was also present at the meeting, said that he would hold detailed discussion with Mysuru DC and MUDA officials in connection with the issue.

Stressing on the importance of preparing a file that is inclusive of all records pertaining to Vijayashripura Layout ahead of the next Cabinet meeting, the Advocate General is said to have told the meeting that legal proceedings can be initiated in the Supreme Court after the Govt. gives its nod, according to sources.


Parents cry foul, post-mortem at MMC&RI, Police begin probe

Periyapatna, Aug. 24- Mystery shrouds the death of a seven-year-old student of Pushpa Vidya Samsthe in the town, who took ill at the School and passed away later at a hospital.

It is reported that Mohit Gowda (7), son of BJP Leader and ex-TP member P.B. Srinivas and P.S. Roopa couple and a second standard student of Pushpa Vidya Samsthe, who went out of his class at about 2.30 pm returned after a few minutes and later fell ill.

School authorities provided Mohit with first-aid informed his parents and the parents who arrived at the School immediately shifted Mohit to the Government Hospital where he was declared ‘Brought Dead.’

Hundreds of residents, who gathered at the Hospital, urged Police to probe the death as they found a portion of Mohit’s forehead swelling. Police later shifted the body of Mohit to MMC&RI mortuary in Mysuru for a post-mortem which will be conducted today.

CCTV footages: ASP Harish Pande, accompanied by Circle Inspector Siddaiah, SI Muddumadaiah, who reached the spot on receiving information, went through the footages of the CCTV cameras installed at the School.

Based on a complaint filed by Srinivas, Town Police, who have registered a case, have launched investigation.

It may be recalled that the same School was in the news last year when Sanmith, son of BJP activist Sohan Kumar, who had gone missing from the School on June 10, 2015, was found dead at a pool in the School’s vicinity on June 12, 2015.

Police, who probed the case of Sanmith’s death, had opined that Sanmith died of neglect on the part of School authorities.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- Owing to deficient rainfall and low storage levels in reservoirs of the Cauvery Basins in Karnataka, the State Government has expressed its inability to ensure discharge of water to Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to press persons here on Tuesday, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra wondered how can we release water to Tamil Nadu when there is no water in our dams.

Stating that the State Government would inform to the Supreme Court its difficulty to release water to Tamil Nadu by explaining the ground reality and actual storage levels in Cauvery Basin Reservoirs.

Continuing, the Minister said that storage levels in four Reservoirs — Harangi, Hemavathi, Krishna Raja Sagara and Kabini — was sufficient only to drinking water requirements of the towns in the Cauvery Basin.

Reiterating that the State Government has already decided to enforce its strong decision not to release water for water intensive crops such as paddy and sugarcane owing to poor storage of water in its reservoirs, Jayachandra said Tamil Nadu must understand the gravity of water crisis in Karnataka.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- House built illegally before 2013 on Government land that are encroaching upon Rajakaluves, tanks and bunds will be regularised before Dec.31, 2016, said Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa here yesterday.

He was speaking to media persons after chairing a Progress Review Meeting with senior officials of the Revenue Department at Chamundeshwari Auditorium in the office of the Regional Commissioner.

While members of Scheduled Tribes, who had been cultivating bagair hukum forest land for more than five years would be allotted respective land, others would be provided lands if they proved that their family had been cultivating the land since 75 years, he added. Those who have illegally built houses on 50X80 Government lands in rural areas and 30X40 sites in urban areas, would be given Title Deeds with riders under Akrama Sakrama scheme, he said and added, these houses would be regularised after due scrutiny of applications by respective Tahsildars and Deputy Commissioners and added that there are about 10 lakh illegally built houses in the State that need to be regularised.

Answering a query on whether people who had constructed houses illegally in Vijayashripura could get their houses regularised, Thimmappa said that these houses were built on private land that the Government had no right over it. However, the Minister added that Chief Minister Siddharamaiah would hold a special meeting of elected representatives and senior officials of the district to discuss the matter.

Stating that he wanted to streamline the working of the Revenue Department, Thimmappa added that he would soon fill most of the vacant posts in the Department. He also said that there would not be any more delay in giving podi certificates to people as Tahsildars had been empowered for this purpose.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- The newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, who is also the Dasara Special Officer, has said that security would be given top priority during the upcoming Dasara festivities, which is 37 days away.

Chairing a meeting of the Dasara Executive Committee at his Office recently, the Deputy Commissioner discussed all issues to make Dasara-2016 a success. He later said that the decisions taken at the meeting would be brought to the notice of the District Minister for necessary approval.

Later, he also held meetings with city top cop B. Dayananda, DCP Dr. H.T. Shekar and other officials to discuss security arrangements being made for the Naada Habba.

Meanwhile, the City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda, who is also the Dasara Deputy Special Officer, speaking to Star of Mysore, said that this year’s security arrangements have been further strengthened in the wake of the blast at City Law Courts Complex and that he has already held talks with officials of various concerned departments on providing fool-proof security at all the tourist spots in and around the city.

Continuing, he said that arrangements have been made for movement of emergency vehicles along the procession route to handle any untoward incident during Jumboo Savari. The Commissioner also said that details on security arrangements and information to the public will be given in due course.

DCP Dr. H.T. Shekar too said that security would be beefed up at the city’s tourist spots and that priority will be given to the Jumboo Savari route and Torch-Light Parade grounds.

He added that personnel from KSRP, CAR, DAR, RAF, Mounted Police and additional personnel drawn from other parts of the State would be posted on security duty during the 11-day festival.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- Elephant Arjuna, who has been carrying the ‘Ambari’ (Golden Howdah) during Dasara procession for the last three years, is most likely to repeat this year too.

However, Arjuna’s mahout Dodda Masti passed away about three weeks ago. Hence speculations arose that Arjuna may not be the Howdah-carrier this time. Defying that notion, Mahout Vinu and Kavadi Mahesh have been effectively taking care of Arjuna with the latter promptly obliging the commands of the former.

Dodda Masti was taking care of Arjuna for about 20 years with love and affection thus developing an inseparable bondage. With Dodda Masti passing away, the question of who should handle Arjuna was dogging the forest officials. As Dodda Masti fell sick an year ago, his son Mahesh started taking care of Arjuna and developed a unique bondage. When Arjuna escaped from Balle camp about 8 months ago, Mahesh successfully tracked Arjuna in Kerala border and brought it back to the camp. Mahesh is now joined by Vinu (Drona’s Mahout Doddappaji’s son) and the combination will handle Arjuna.

DCF Ganesh Bhat says that a final decision on the elephant to carry the howdah will be taken after observing the behaviour of elephants during the rehearsals.

Veterinarian Dr. D.N. Nagaraj opines that all the 12 Dasara elephants are in a fit condition and obeying the instructions of their handlers.


• 15 people air their grievances; • MUDA Chairman’s term ends today

Mysuru, Aug. 24- The Mysore Urban Development Authority’s (MUDA) second Janaspandana for the month received poor response today with only 15 people registering to air their grievances at the programme held at its premises on JLB Road here.

The meeting was chaired by MUDA Chairman K.R. Mohan Kumar, who is laying down office today after the completion of his 21-month term.

MUDA Commissioner Dr. M. Mahesh, Member N. Bhaskar Gowda, Superintending Engineering M.Shivakumar, Secretary K.M. Savita and others participated in the meeting.

When the residents of Bank Layout and Railway Layout sought asphalting of the approach road in their Layouts, Shivakumar replied that plans were afoot and assured to commence the work soon.

To another aggrieved resident’s complaint that a bit of land that had been sanctioned for him had not been allotted, Mohan Kumar asked the engineer concerned to follow up the matter.

A few residents alleged that they had not been allotted sites despite three attempts. To this, Mohan Kumar said that seniority list was being strictly followed.

After the Janaspandana, the MUDA Chief Mohan Kumar addressed a press meet during which he expressed satisfaction over the development works undertaken during his tenure.

Citing a few works, he said that completion of Ring Road, development works underway at Torch-Light Parade Grounds, opening of ‘Mukthidhama’ crematorium in Vijayanagar were taken up on priority.

He was happy at the launch of e-plan and e-khata initiatives.

He hoped that the ‘Janaspandana’ programme would bring MUDA closer to the people.


Mysuru, Aug. 24- Strongly condemning Chikkanayakanahalli Police Circle Inspector’s blatant action of defying the Court order at Channarayapatna in Hassan District yesterday, the Mysuru City advocates stayed off the Court proceedings today to register their protest over the incident.

The incident: Chikkanayakanahalli Police Inspector Marappa, who had previously served at Channarayapatna, was asked by the JMFC Court at Channarayapatna to appear before it for deposing in connection with a few criminal cases registered during his tenure.

But as Marappa repeatedly failed to appear before the Court, JMFC Court Judge M.S. Shashikala directed that Marappa, who appeared before the Court yesterday, be handed over to judicial custody for showing disrespect to the judiciary.

Marappa, who left the Court Hall in a huff, is said to have blocked the Court Gate by parking his jeep across the Gate, thus creating ruckus in the Court premises. Then, Judge Shashikala summoned Marappa once again and ordered that he be remanded to judicial custody.

Upset over the Judge’s order, the Inspector and other Policemen on duty attempted to storm into the Court Hall, when advocates resorted to a snap stir, in protest against the Policemen, for defying the Court order.

Later, Hassan District Judge and SP, who rushed to the spot, directed the Inspector to obey the Court order, following which the situation calmed down.


Bengaluru, Aug. 24- A panel of film experts, constituted to draft the Kannada Film Policy, has recommended a cap on multiplex ticket rates at Rs. 120. The Committee, headed by Kannada Chalanachitra Academy Chairman S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu, submitted its Kannada Film Policy Report to Chief Minister Siddharamaiah in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Later speaking to press persons, Babu said a cap on the ticket rate fixed by multiplexes had become the need of the hour as some of them were charging exorbitant rates. He further said that the Committee has also recommended that multiplexes should compulsorily exhibit at least two Kannada films full time.

Continuing, he said that the Committee has suggested that the Government provide a subsidy of Rs. 50 lakh to those who come forward to construct Janatha Theatres. However, only Kannada films will allowed to be screened at these theatres, he said and added that Janatha Theatre created on the lines of ‘Amma Theatre’ in Tamil Nadu, is aimed to facilitate cinema-viewing at an affordable cost.

Babu said cash incentive to films winning National Awards should be enhanced to Rs. 25 lakh and those winning State Awards to Rs. 20 lakh and added that the Policy suggests introduction of online tickets in all theatres.

The other suggestions include- State Film Award to be presented on April 24, the birth anniversary of late actor Dr. Rajkumar, residential plots on 100 acres of land in Mysuru to be allotted through a Co-operative Society to those working in the film industry, to open a film archives body for collecting and restoring vintage films and to provide tax concession for historical period drama films.

Film producers Sa.Ra.Govindu and ‘Rockline’ Venkatesh, MLC Govinda Raj, actress Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, actor Aniruddha, director Girish Kasaravalli and others were present.


International Finance Conference on ‘Emerging Trends in Finance, Accounting and Banking’ held

Caption: Priti Parekh delivering the keynote address at SDM-IMD.

Mysuru, Aug.24 -‘The increasing penetration level of internet and digital revolution is going to alter the way banking transactions was done from the point of view of customers and banks,’ opined Priti Parekh, COO, Clutch Group, Bengaluru.

She was delivering the keynote address at the 5th International Conference on Emerging Trends in Finance, Banking and Accounting held at SDM-IMD Mysuru, on August 19 and 20.

Priti Parekh highlighted on how the growth of intermediaries such as Investment managers, brokers and Advisors has disrupted the role of traditional banking in India, in her address.

The 5th edition of this international conference series witnessed more than 50 paper presentations by delegates from across India and representation from China, Nigeria, UAE and France on the theme of the conference.

The invited talks during the technical session were delivered by Dr. Fabrice Galia, Professor, Burgundy School of Business, France on ‘Innovation and Obstacles (including finance obstacles)’; Dr.Elango Rengasamy, Head – Banking & Finance Program, The British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE on ‘Shifting Paradigms in Global Trade - Are we gearing up ourselves to the Emerging Challenges?’ and Raj Singh, Associate Director, Enterprise and Fraud Risk Management, KPMG Advisory Services Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, on ‘Necessity and Challenges in Implementing Basel II/III solutions to Banking Industry.’

The valedictory session on August 20 had Dr. Prasanna Chandra, Director, Centre for Financial Management (CFM), India and former Professor - Finance, IIM Bangalore, as the chief guests. Dr. Chandra delivered the valedictory address on ‘Rational Market Hypo thesis and the Behavioural Challenge.’

Earlier Dr. N.R. Parasuraman, Director, SDM-IMD welcomed and presented the theme of the conference. Dr. M. Sriram, Conference Chair and Professor of Finance, proposed a vote of thanks.

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