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Family takes city hotels for a ride

Mother, 2 daughters held for fraud

Hunt on for three others of the same family

Caption: Prathima S. Rao (second from left), one of the accused, being interrogated at Hotel Komfort Suites in Yadavagiri by V.V. Puram Police Station Sub-Inspector M.B. Arkeshwar as complainant Bharath (standing extreme right) and others look on.

Mysuru, July 29- Cracking the whip on fraudsters, V.V. Puram Police have arrested three women of a high profile family in city on charges of fraud besides launching a hunt for three others of the same family.

The nabbed have been identified as S. Seetha, 78, wife of late Sathyanarayana Rao, her daughters Poornima S. Rao, 53, and Prathima S. Rao, 56, all former residents of a house named ‘Vishwasa’ in Saraswathipuram.

It is alleged that the mother-daughters trio, who along with three others of the family stayed at Hotel Komfort Suites in Yadavagiri for 45 days by giving a false address, failed to pay the bill for Rs. 2,21,968.

It is learnt that the trio, along with Haricharan Rao, Vrishika Rao and Akshay, while checking into two suites Number 401 and 404 at Hotel Komfort Suites on a rent of Rs.3,000 per day on June 11, 2016 after paying an advance of Rs. 5,000 per day, had stated that they were seeking rooms at the hotel as their House #57, 7th Main, Saraswathipuram, had been gutted in an electrical short circuit.

After staying for about 29 days, the accused paid Rs. 20,000 as additional advance and urged the authorities at the Hotel to reduce the rent as they intended to stay for a longer period to which the authorities agreed to reduce the rent to Rs. 2,500.

On July 25, Haricharan Rao, Vrishika Rao and Akshay left the suite and disappeared. As Haricharan and Vrishika did not return, the authorities at the hotel sensing foulplay informed V.V.Puram Police on July 28.

V.V.Puram Police, who swung into action, rushed to the Hotel, arrested the trio and produced them before a Magistrate, who granted them bail.

Investigations have revealed that the six members of Seetha’s family had also cheated many hotels including Hotel Sepoy Grande on M.G.Road, Sujatha Hotel, Kings Kourt Hotel and Dasprakash Paradise in city by taking rooms under false pretexts and escaping without settling the bills.

Police have also launched a hunt for Haricharan Rao, son of Seetha, his wife Vrishika Rao alias Rachana Rao and their son Akshay, who are also accused in the case.

It may be recalled that Mangaluru Police had recently arrested Haricharan Rao and Rachana Rao for allegedly cheating a Mangaluru-based photographer of Rs. 7 lakh on the pretext of getting him a job.

It is also learnt that Rachana Rao had conned about 11 Engineering Graduates of Mysuru to the tune of more than Rs.10 lakh on the pretext of getting them jobs at prominent IT companies in the city and a case filed against them in this regard is pending at Kuvempunagar Police Station.

Meanwhile, the VV Puram Police have urged the owners of other Hotels who have been conned by this family.


Bengaluru, July 29 - The fifth edition of Karbonn Smart Karnataka Premier League (KPL) will be held between Sept.16 and Oct. 1, 2016 at both Mysuru and Hubballi. While the inaugural match is expected to be held at SDNR Wadiyar Stadium in Mysuru, the final match will be played at KSCA Stadium in Hubballi.

The matches in Mysuru will be from Sept. 16 to Sept. 25 at the SDNR Wadiyar Stadium in Manasagangotri and the matches in Hubballi will be held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. A total of eight franchisees will take part in the tournament. This year, each of the eight franchisees will be allowed to retain four players as against two in the previous edition. The players’ auction will be held on Aug. 10 at Bengaluru.


Rakesh’s health condition stable, say doctors

Caption: Indian Ambassador to Belgium Manjeev Puri Singh is seen interacting with CM Siddharamaiah outside the Antwerp University Hospital in Brussels where Rakesh Siddharamaiah is being treated.

Bengaluru, July 29 - Chief Minister Siddharamaiah reached Antwerp University Hospital in Brussels at Belgium this morning where his elder son Rakesh Siddharamaiah is being treated for pancreatitis over the past three days.

After arriving at the hospital, Siddharamaiah enquired the doctors about his son’s health and also met his family members who have been camping at Antwerp since a couple of days.

The team of doctors, who are treating Rakesh, are said to have informed CM Siddharamaiah that his son’s condition was stable and was gradually responding to treatment.

Earlier, Siddharamaiah was received by Indian Ambassador to Belgium Manjeev Puri Singh at the Brussels Airport and later accompanied him to Antwerp University Hospital.

The Indian Embassy at Belgium is also said to be updating External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about Rakesh’s health condition.

Sources said that Rakesh underwent a procedure at the hospital where he is expected to stay for another week.

Currently, Rakesh has been kept in ICU and the doctors are expected to shift him to the ward in couple of days.

This apart, Rakesh’s younger brother Dr. Yathindra, Rakesh’s wife, family Physician Dr. Ravi and two other doctors have been camping at Brussels to monitor Rakesh’s health condition.


Mysuru, July 29- Today being the last Ashada Friday, thousands of devotees from various parts of the State thronged Chamundi Hill to offer puja at Chamundeshwari temple.

The temple was thrown open for devotees at 5.30 am after the temple priests led by Shashishekar Dixit performed special pujas such as rudrabhisheka, sahasranamarchane and others to Goddess Chamundeshwari before public darshan.

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum was bedecked with a variety of flowers.

With the KSRTC employees withdrawing their strike, the city buses ferried the devotees to hill top as usual from Lalitha Mahal Helipad and additional buses to hill top was also arranged from City Bus Stand.

Cine actors Prema and Darshan visited the temple and offered special puja.

Woman robbed: Meanwhile, a stray incident of a woman being robbed of her mobile phone and Rs. 3,000 cash was reported from the hill top.

Police said that one Mahadevamma, a native of Nanjangud, who had come along with six other family members to the hill top, had complained of a person approaching her saying that he would tie a sacred thread and had stolen the purse and mobile phone.

Police brought the suspect to Police Station and examined but found no evidence. However, the Police have not released the person as they suspect a gang to be operating atop the hill.


Mysuru, July 29-The Cinema theatres in Mysuru will be closed till 4 pm tomorrow in support of the Karnataka bandh called by various organisations in protest against the Mahadayi verdict.

There will be no morning and matinee show on July 30, according to M.R.Rajaram, Secretary, Mysore City Film Exhibitors Association. Meanwhile, DC Shikha told SOM that the District Administration will decide on closure of educational institutions after discussing with the Police Department by this evening.


Mysuru, July 29- Members of Mysore Bar Association led by its President Chandramouli boycotted the Court proceedings this morning in protest against the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal verdict.

The advocates formed a human chain around Mahatma Gandhi’s bust in front of the City Court complex. They alleged that Karnataka had been subjected to step-motherly treatment with respect to Mahadayi and Cauvery river issues.

They demanded that 7.56 TMC water from Mahadayi should be diverted to Malaprabha River to provide drinking water to some parts of Northern Karnataka region.

The Bar Association has also decided to support the Karnataka bandh tomorrow.


Mysuru, July 29- Within days of KSRTC employees calling off their strike demanding hike in salaries, the employees of more than 40 banks in city this morning went on a day-long strike as part of the nationwide Bank Bandh call given by the United Forum of Bank Employees, an umbrella organisation of Bank Employees Trade Unions.

Expressing their solidarity with their counterparts across the country, about 500 employees of various banks in city staged a protest in front of Zonal Office of State Bank of Mysore in T.K. Layout in city.

Bankmen across the country are protesting against the reforms introduced in nationalised and private banking sectors alleging that moves were afoot to privatise public sector banks under the garb of reforms.

As part of the privatisation move, branches of public sector banks are being reduced, the striking bankmen said and demanded that they be paid pension on par with Central government employees.

Demanding that the newly recruited staff should also be paid pension on retirement, they sought formation of new laws in the loan recovery system and appointment of regular staff by abolishing the contract system.

Appointment of directors to banks for smooth functioning and providing health benefits were among their other demands.


Trees come crashing down, Roads resemble lakes, Motorists stranded

Mysuru, July 29- One steady spell of heavy rains that lashed the city yesterday evening was enough to expose the lack of infrastructure in the cultural capital as rains left many vehicles damaged, a large number of trees fall, many roads look like lakes causing untold hardship to motorists, particularly two-wheeler riders who were forced to negotiate roads filled with knee-deep water.

Rains, which began at about 5 pm continued till late in the night resulting in rainwater entering a large number of houses in low-lying areas and it was a common sight to see motorists braving through knee-deep waters at Hardinge Circle, Chamaraja Circle, K.R. Circle, Sayyaji Rao Road, Chamaraja Double Road, Ramaswamy Circle, JLB Road, Ballal Circle, New Kantharaja Urs Road, Vishwamanava Double Road and other thoroughfares.

The impact of the rains was such that even buses were forced to move at a snail pace resulting in traffic jams near Sub-urban Bus Stand, City Bus Stand and other vantage points.

Fallen trees add to woes: Adding to the woes of motorists, who waded through rain water filled roads was the obstruction caused by branches of many trees which had come down in Jayanagar, Krishnamurthypuram, Saraswathipuram, Kuvempunagar.

However, no casualties were reported when a wall of a house near Mandi Police Station collapsed.

Houses inundated: Residents of some houses in Bannimantap, Ramakrishnanagar, J.P. Nagar, Vidyaranyapuram and some other low-lying areas were seen busy in clearing rain waters that had entered into their houses.

Wall of Stone Mantap on Ch. Hill collapses

Heavy rains lashing the city yesterday also resulted in the collapse of a wall of a Stone Mantap located in the vicinity of Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hill.

It is said that the Stone Mantap is the place where many devotees and morning joggers rest for some time before making it to the temple or vice-versa.

DC visits spot: DC C. Shikha and MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, who reached the spot on information conducted an inspection to take stock of the situation on the eve of last Ashada Friday today.

MLA inspects rain-hit areas: MLA M.K. Somashekar visited rain-hit areas along with MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath and MCC Engineers this morning.

The MLA and the officials inspected the Storm Water Drains and visited water logged houses in low-lying areas at Madhuvana Layout near JSS Hospital, Kanakagirinagar near Vidyaranyapuram and Dharam Singh Colony in Vishweswarnagar. Somashekar instructed the officials to take precautionary measures to avoid such incidents in future.


Caption: The digging up of the road at Valmiki Road junction on the busy Mysuru-Hunsur Road is affecting movement of vehicles and citizens.

Mysuru, July 29- Questioning the wisdom of Civic Authorities taking up development works during monsoon, many awakened and concerned citizens of Mysuru have expressed concern over the intention of the authorities in taking up these works which often results in wastage of tax-payers money.

It is a common affair that authorities dig up roads unmindful of the hardships caused to citizens and the digging up of the road at the Valmiki Road junction on Mysuru-Hunsur Road which is affecting movement of vehicles is one of the examples for the apathy of Officials.

The work is said to have been taken up to lay a new pipe-line to prevent sewage water seeping into Kukkarahalli Lake

Works in rains: They also questioned the authority’s logic in taking up the work during monsoon after neglecting the same earlier when the climate was conducive.

Is it an attempt to loot tax-payers money? they asked.

Though Chief Minister Siddharamaiah claims that he has released Rs. 300 crore for development of Mysuru, many citizens and even elected representatives are kept in the dark with regard to the grants being spent on the projects, they alleged.

Raja Marga: Despite years of being launched, the works on the much hyped Raja Marga are still incomplete, they alleged and added that the works on concretisation of the Jumboo Savari has resulted in debris spread at the sides of the roads causing inconvenience to citizens as they are not cleared for days.

“Except Mysuru, there is no other city where unscientific works are being taken up in such a large scale, which is a matter of regret and the same is going to have devastating effects on tourism and the authorities are turning a blind eye towards this.”

—Rajegowda, a trader.

“Jogging, which was a pleasure in Mysuru till recently has now become a nightmare as many on-going works are not being completed on schedule and Elected Representatives will do well to instruct officials to stop these unscientific works”

—Mahadevappa, senior citizen.


Caption: Dr. C.G. Betsurmath seen with his wife Asha, daughter Srishti and son Daksh.

Mysuru, July 29- Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, who has served under various capacities in city, will retire from service tomorrow.

Posted to Mysuru as Additional Deputy Commissioner in 2009, Dr. Betsurmath has served as Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Commissioner (2011-2013), Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Commissioner (2013-2015) and MCC Commissioner from Sept. 2, 2014 till date. He also served as In-charge Dean of CAVA.

Born to Bhagirathi, 89 and Gangaiah, 90, as Chandrashekar G. Betsurmath, he completed his B.A. from Lingaraj College in Belgaum and M.A. (Economics) from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He passed his KPSC exam in first rank and was selected to KAS cadre. Later, he received his Ph.D in Economics from Karnatak University and MBA from IGNOU.

Before joining civil service, Betsurmath worked as Economics lecturer in the then PG Centre of Gulbarga and Belgaum from 1979-1983. After being selected as KAS officer, Dr. Betsurmath was posted as Tahsildar, Navalagund, Shiggaon, Bhatkal and Chikkodi taluks before being transferred as BDO Saundatti and Executive Officer Chikkodi from 1985 to 1996.

Before coming to Mysuru, he served as Assistant Commissioner and Sub-Divisional Magistrate and also Headquarters Assistant and DC in Gadag (1996-2002) and Davanagere (2002-2006) sub-divisions. Later, he served under the same capacity at Davanagere and Ballari between 2006 and 2008.

He received the ‘Best Tahsildar’ award twice while he was serving in Belagavi during 1991-92 and 1992-93. He also won the Best and Meritorious State Civil Officer, Davanagere in 2003 and President of India Census Bronze Medal in recognition of his outstanding zeal and high quality of service rendered during the Census of India in 2001.

Dr. Betsurmath has the credit of taking up various developmental projects which has helped Mysuru to be declared twice as the Cleanest City in India. Having worked in Department of Archaeology, Heritage and Museums, Dr. Betsurmath worked for the conservation of Devaraja Market and Lansdowne Building in consultation with other experts. Projects such as Public Bicycle Sharing, Segregation of Waste and Recycling have all been the brainchild of Dr. Betsurmath. Among his recent achievements are installation of Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar’s statue at Hardinge Circle and establishing R.K. Narayan Museum in Yadavagiri in memory of the renowned writer.


To dedicate ‘Devaraj Urs Centre for Development Studies’ at MYRA

Prof. Chandrashekar to inaugurate symposium

Mysuru, July 29- Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister for Environment Jairam Ramesh will be in city tomorrow.

He is scheduled to inaugurate the ‘Devaraj Urs Centre for Development Studies’ (DCDS) established by MYRA School of Business at its campus in Yelwal here at 3 pm on July 30.

MYRA has dedicated and named this Centre after the late D. Devaraj Urs, who served as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for nearly 8 years (1972 to 1977 and 1978 to 1980) and is known as the champion of backward classes and the man who brought about silent social revolution in Karnataka, as a tribute during his centenary celebrations this year. The Centre aims to study the development agenda and continue the development dialogue.

As a precursor to the Centre’s inauguration, Prof. B.K. Chandrashekar, former Minister, will inaugurate a symposium on “Development: What it means to the excluded” at 10.30 am at MYRA.

The speakers at the symposium are: Dr. Tarun Chhabra, Practicing dentist and Founder-Managing Trustee, Edhkwehlynawd Botanical Refuge (EBR) – a unique ethno-ecological centre – who is working towards the economic empowerment of indigenous and impoverished people; Dr. Abdul Aziz, former Head, Department of Economics, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru and Dr. P.K. Misra, former Director, Anthropological Survey of India, Mysuru.


Caption: R. Vasudev Bhat, Hon. Secretary of VVEI, is seen congratulating Ananya Bhat as her mother Kavitha Mohan, Vijaya Vittala PU College Principal H. Satyaprasad and Head Mistress Shobha Bevuru look on.

Mysuru, July 29- Ananya M. Bhat of Vijaya Vittala Vidyashala here has scored 624 marks out of 625 in revaluation of SSLC exam held during March 2016. Earlier she had scored 615.

After revaluation she has scored 125/125 in Sanskrit, 100 each in English, Kannada, Science, Social Science and 99 in Mathematics. Now she stands second in the State and is the district topper.

Ananya is the daughter of B. Mohan Das and Kavitha Mohan of Ramakrishnanagar.

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