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   TIGHT VIGIL FOR EVMS AT SJCE

Counting on May 16 from 8 am EVMs stored in 8 strong rooms

City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem is seen inspecting the security arrangements of Strong Room where the EVMs have been kept inside the SJCE campus in city this morning.

Mysore, Apr. 18- With Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) containing the electoral fortunes of 15 candidates, who contested the election to Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency, placed inside the Golden Jubilee Complex of SJCE in Manasagangotri in city, the college has now turned into a fortress as a large number of Police personnel, armed with sophisticated weapons, are guarding it.

Soon after the conclusion of polling at 6 pm yesterday, the poll staff of the Constituency comprising eight Assembly segments — Krishnaraja, Chamaraja, Narasimharaja, Chamundeshwari, Hunsur, Periyapatna, Madikeri and Virajpet, — carried the EVMs to their respective de-mustering centres.

The de-mustering took place between 7 pm and 11 pm with the poll staff handing over the EVMs to the Polling Officers. After the conclusion of de-mustering, all the EVMs were shifted under tight Police security to the strong rooms at SJCE where the counting will be taken up on May 16.

The strong rooms were sealed in the presence of DC C. Shikha, who is also the District Electoral Officer. CCTVs have been installed around the strong rooms with Central Reserve Police Force providing 24 X 7 security.

It is reported that DC Shikha, accompanied by Election Observer Bhuvaneshwar Yadav and other senior officials, inspected security arrangement at the SJCE campus this morning.

Around 250 Police personnel have been deployed at the spot including armed personnel carrying Insas 5.56 rifles.

There are a total of eight strong rooms at the SJCE campus out of which four are in the ground floor and four in the first floor of the Golden Jubilee building.

City Police Commissioner Dr. M. A. Saleem also visited the spot along with other officers.

Later, DC Shikha and Election Observer Bhuvaneshwar Yadav conducted scrutiny of the election process held yesterday as they need to send a detailed report to the Election Commission of India. The scrutiny was conducted in the presence of polling agents of various parties and candidates.

Security arrangements have also been made at the entrance of SJCE campus. Only those Electoral Officers with ID cards will be allowed to enter the premises. This apart, Section 144 has also been clamped inside SJCE campus as a precautionary measure.

   INNOVA TURNS TURTLE, MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FOR 8

Mysore, Apr. 18 (RK&KS)- In a freak mishap, eight persons including a child had a miraculous escape when the car in which they were travelling toppled after skidding due to the mud accumulated on the road from the trench dug up on footpath to construct storm water drain on Mysore-Bangalore road near K.R. Mills here this noon. It is reported that the Innova car (KA-03-MK-1956) with eight occupants was coming from Bangalore to city. As the car approached K.R. Mills, it skidded, turned turtle and landed on storm water drain.

On learning about the accident, N.R. Traffic Sub Inspector Kumar and staff, who rushed to the spot, managed to pull out the occupants of the car including the child safely with the help of public and made way for the smooth flow of traffic on the stretch. The occupants, who suffered minor injuries, have been admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital in city. N.R. Traffic Police have registered a case.

   CONGRESS-SDPI WORKERS CLASH IN UDAYAGIRI

Police personnel seen resorting to a mild lathi charge to disperse the mob.

The two injured

Mysore, Apr. 18- In what was otherwise a peaceful polling during yesterday’s election to Mysore-Kodagu LS constituency, about six persons belonging to Congress and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were injured when they clashed at a polling booth in Azeez Sait Nagar coming under Narasimharaja Assembly constituency.

It is reported that the clash occurred in Udayagiri Police limits when activists of the two parties came face to face alleging that an aged voter had been brought to the polling booth after being offered sop. The three Congress workers, who received serious injuries in the clash, are now being treated at city’s K.R. Hospital.

It is said that even as a wordy duel erupted between the two groups, some indulged in stone throwing and Police resorted to a mild lathi charge to disperse the unruly mob.

City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, who rushed to the spot with a team of Police personnel, brought the situation under control. However, the situation reportedly aggravated when MLA Tanveer Sait and former Mayor Ayub Khan visited the place and the two left the place after requests from the Police.

In a complaint lodged with Udayagiri Police, MCC Ward 55 Corporator C. Showkath Pasha has said that some SDPI workers were trying to disrupt peace in Ward 54 right from the morning.

Around 4.30 pm, the same SDPI workers arrived in a red car and surrounded a Congress worker named Kaleem and roughed him up following verbal exchanges. In retaliation, Congress workers damaged a SUV belonging to the SDPI District President, it is said.

Later, SDPI activists reportedly again attacked the Congress workers who assembled at the Udayagiri Police Station premises to lodge a complaint.

Sources said that tension erupted when the Congress leaders learnt that the polling percentage was escalating at booths in Udayagiri which would help SDPI gain more votes. Udayagiri Police have registered a case.

The incident reportedly occurred when activists of both the parties assembled near Udayagiri Police Station after a wordy duel between them at a booth in Azeez Sait Nagar. Shoukath Pasha came to file a complaint and suitable action will be taken against the guilty, said City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem in his reaction to the incident.

   LS: KARNATAKA RECORDS 68% POLLING

Mysore-Kodagu constituency at 68 % betters its voting percentage

Bangalore, Apr.18 - Though falling short of registering a record turnout, about 68% of over 4 crore voters in the State exercised their franchise in the elections held to 28 seats in the State for the 543-member 16th Lok Sabha, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Election Commission and many social organisations which undertook a large number of awareness programmes to bring the voters to the polling booths.

Interestingly, the 68% polling recorded in the State yesterday is about 10 per cent more than what was recorded during the Lok Sabha elections which witnessed a turnout of 58.80 % and the same has triggered hopes among the two national parties (Congress and BJP) who are fancying their chances hoping that the higher turnout will help them.

While Dakshina Kannada with 76.6% recorded the highest turnout in the State, Gulbarga with 51% recorded the lowest percentage of voting in the State.

Political analysts are of the opinion that the outcome of the fifth phase of LS polls -2014 which was held in 12 States in the country to elect 122 Parliamentarians will have a significant role in the formation of the next Government at Delhi.

The peaceful polling which began on a sober note picked up momentum as the day progressed and voters came out of their homes in large numbers as evening set in with mercury level coming down.

Although the four constituencies in Bangalore witnessed higher percentage of polling compared to that of 2009 polls, they did not meet the expectations of political parties.

CM questions EC’s move to force him out of Mysore

Mysore, Apr. 18- A day after he was forced out of Mysore citing violation of the Poll Code of Conduct, Chief Minister Siddharamaiah yesterday described it as a misinterpretation of law by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in his native place Siddharamanahundi in Varuna Hobli of Mysore district coming under Chamarajanagar LS constituency, he said that the EC’s move was totally wrong and chose to dismiss the episode saying that it was not an issue at all.

Questioning the EC’s move, he said “where else should I stay when my permanent residence is in Mysore?” and added that the Congress would win at least 20 seats in the State.

CM’s wife skips voting

Even as Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and his son Rakesh Siddharamaiah cast their votes at a polling booth in Siddharamanahundi, CM’s wife Parvathi, who is also a voter in Siddharamanahundi, skipped voting.

It is said that sources close to Siddharamaiah were aware that she would not turn up to vote as she had not cast her vote in the Assembly elections when Siddharamaiah was the candidate.

Peaceful polling in Mysore-Kodagu

Mysore, Apr. 18- Barring a few unpleasant incidents, the Mysore-Kodagu Parliamentary constituency, which is among the prestigious constituencies in the State, recorded a turnout of 68% of the 17.1 lakh voters, thanks to various voter awareness programmes launched by the Election Commission, the District Administration and social organisations.

The polling in eight Assembly segments of the constituency began on a brisk note at 7 am but the scorching sun resulted in voters refraining from venturing to vote till about 3 pm after which large number of voters came out to cast their ballots.

As per tentative figures, out of the eight Assembly segments in Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency, Madikeri recorded- 73.85%, Virajpet- 64.30%, Periyapatna- 77.85%, Hunsur- 75.70%, Chamundeshwari- 70.84%, Krishnaraja- 58.49%, Chamaraja- 58.27% and Narasimharaja- 56.10%.

Voting percentage

Bangalore South - 55%, Bangalore North -52%, Bangalore Central-55%, Bangalore Rural-68%, Kolar -69%, Chikkaballapur -73%, Tumkur -71%, Mandya - 69%, Mysore-Kodagu-68%, Chamarajanagar-71%, Dakshina -Kannada-76.6%, Uttara Kannada - 65%, Hassan -72%, Udupi-Chikkamagalur -72%, Chitradurga -63%, Davanagere -69%, Haveri -68%, Hubli-Dharwad- 66%, Belgaum-63%, Chikkodi-71%, Bijapur-65%, Bagalkot-63%, Gulbarga -51%, Bidar -58%, Raichur - 54%, Koppal -64%, Bellary-71%, Shimoga - 70% .

   BROTHERS MEET WATERY GRAVE AT CHIKLIHOLE

Suntikoppa (Kodagu), Apr. 18- Polling day turned tragic for this family as two brothers met their watery grave at Chiklihole here yesterday evening. The deceased have been identified as Dr. Akhil Kuttappa (32) and Ashwath Aiyappa (25), sons of Kodimaniyanda Raghu Madappa.

Dr. Akhil Kuttappa, a dentist in Bangalore and Ashwath Aiyappa, who was pursuing his education in Mumbai, had come to their native to cast their vote. Yesterday, both Akhil and Ashwath had been to Chiklihole along with six other friends.

It is said that on seeing Akhil drowning in the water, Ashwath jumped into the water to save him but all his efforts went in vain as he also got drowned in the river.

On receiving the news, Suntikoppa Police arrived at the spot and launched a search operation to trace the bodies, which were found at around 10 pm with the help of rafters.

CISF Jawan drowns in KRS backwaters

Mysore, Apr.18 (SBD&DM)- In a tragic incident, a CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) Jawan, who had come to his native village on a holiday, reportedly got drowned in KRS backwaters yesterday. The unfortunate victim has been identified as A.D. Manju (26), son of Doddaboraiah and Thayamma of Bore Arandur village in Yelwal Hobli of the taluk.

Manju, who was serving at Chhattisgarh as a CISF Jawan since two years, had come to his native on Sunday. After casting vote, Manju, who left the village along with a few friends, went for a swim in KRS backwaters when he drowned, it is learnt. The Yelwal Police have registered a case in this regard.

Elderly woman dies after voting

Mysore, Apr. 18- In yet another polling day tragedy, an elderly woman from the city died a couple of hours after she cast her ballot yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as T.S. Nanjamma (67), wife of late Gopal and a resident of Uttaradi Mutt road in Agrahara.

Nanjamma after casting her vote at Booth No. 150 at Srikantha School, Agrahara, at about 10 am, complained of tiredness, when she was given water by a political worker.

Nanjamma, who recovered after sometime, left for home and after reaching home, went to her sister’s residence in Vidyaranyapuram, where she collapsed at about 12.30 pm. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead.

Last rites were performed at the foot of Chamundi Hill later in the evening, according to family sources.

   ST. PHILOMENA’S COLLEGE ON THE UPSCALE

NAAC team to visit on Apr. 21

By Prof. A. John Siluvai

St. Philomena’s College (Autonomous), Mysore, is bustling with hectic preparation in view of the NAAC (National Assessment Accreditation Council) Peer Committee’s visit on April 21, 22 and 23. Anyone who steps into the campus at this moment will unmistakably be astonished by the tremendous transformation and innovation introduced by the workaholic Principal and HOD of English, Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras who spares no efforts to keep the college on the upscale.

From the time he became the eleventh Principal of this great institution, established by the Bishop of Mysore Rt. Rev. Dr. Rene Feuga and a host of Foreign Missionaries of Paris in July 1946, no one could dream that he would unleash a remarkable and phenomenal progress in terms of best resources, state-of-the-art infrastructure and setting benchmarks during his tenure of more than two decades.

I am far from using flattery or sycophancy. Mine is a matter of genuine appreciation which builds up the personality of the other person. Any candid appreciation defies J.P. Sartre’s dictum: “The other person is my hell”. It is my spontaneous word of encouragement as I see the events unrolling in the campus with the concerted work of the staff, the support staff and the students of both the Degree and the PG Centre who spare no stones unturned to showcase their alma mater in all its beauty and elegance.

Just walk in and turn round the vast and verdant campus of the college with its eye-catching ambience. You will confront a cosmopolitan community of students of different regions, religions, races and nationalities ensemble. They speak different tongues but united as one large family of Philomenites. What gives charm and serenity to the college is the congregation of committed, qualified and highly motivated, almost feminine faculties devoted to teaching and research. The teaching fraternity is undoubtedly the backbone of this premier institution as they continue the noble task of instructing and inspiring the students in the hallowed rooms of their classes.

The class rooms, by the way, have changed. One finds a pleasant and supportive atmosphere with technology enabled, spacious and well-ventilated classrooms. The college is secure with electronic surveillance camera and the entry is strictly monitored by gadgets. It is amazing to look at the well stacked library with various titles, journals and periodicals with the high speed internet connectivity.

One cannot but stand and stare at the monumental work done by the unremitting efforts of the Principal in collaboration with the staff and students to take the college to the firmament of glory. I am sure that, with its rich legacy and proven record of 78 years in delivering high quality education, St. Philomena’s College will not fail, but prevail to get an excellent recognition by the NAAC Peer Committee.

   HOCKEY FEST FROM APR.20

Mysore, Apr.18-The annual family cup hockey festival to be hosted by Thathanda family this year will be held from April 20 to May 18 at the Government PU college grounds in Virajpet, South Kodagu.

In all, 234 family teams will be participating in the 18th edition of the tournament.

The Thathanda Hockey Namme-2014 will be inaugurated by Pandanda Kuttappa, President, Kodava Hockey Academy, at 12 noon on Apr. 20.

Maj. Gen. A.K. Singh, VSM, GOC, Karnataka and Kerala Sub- Area, will be the chief guest.

Dr. R.P Sharma, ADGP, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), will be the special invitee. Ittira Biddappa, Retd. Principal, Cauvery College, Gonikoppal; Maneyapanda A. Ponnappa, President, Karnataka Media Academy, Bangalore; Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, Kodagu District and M.N. Anuchet, Superintendent of Police, Kodagu District, will be the guests of honour.

Thathanda Shambu Nanaiah, President, Thathanda Hockey Namme-2014, will preside.

   3-DAY PHOTO EXHIBITION ON KADAMBA RANGA VEDIKE BEGINS

Mysore, Apr.18- A three-day photo exhibition on Kadamba Ranga Vedike, to mark 50 years of its existence (1963-2014), began at Mysore Art Gallery located on 12th cross, Ramanuja road in city this morning.

Veteran theatrist Na. Rathna, who spoke after inaugurating the exhibition, said it was not an easy task to run a theatre group for 50 years. The Kadamba Ranga Vedike has braved all odds to complete 50 meaningful years, he said and complimented the vedike for carrying forward the tradition of theatre through innovation and creativity.

Litterateur Dr. C.P. Krishnakumar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said it was a refreshing photo exhibition which would surely enthral the mind of every visitor.

Lauding the Vedike for its achievements over the past 50 years, he said the photo exhibition provides a close glimpse of the theatre and its growth.

Mysore Art Gallery Founder L. Shivalingappa, Theatrists H.S. Umesh, Srikanta Gundappa, Kikkeri Narayana and others were present.

The 3-day exhibition, which concludes on Apr. 20 (Sunday), will be open for public from 10 am to 7 pm.

   TRAINING ON TERRACE AND KITCHEN GARDEN HELD

Mysore, Apr. 18 - A one-day training programme on developing Terrace and Kitchen Gardens, organised by the Kautilya Vidyalaya in association with the Horticulture Department and District Horticulture Society, began at the Vidyalaya premises in Dattagalli here this morning.

Horticulture Society Vice-President Dr. D. Prabha Mandal, who spoke after inaugurating the programme, stressed on the need for growing fruits and vegetables in the space available in the house.

Pointing out that home grown fruits and vegetables are fresh and more nutritious in nature, he called for simpler and more efficient ways for developing terrace and kitchen gardens, which can ensure nutritious food to family members.

Assistant Director of Horticulture, M.S. Raju, gave a power-point presentation on growing fruits and vegetables, maintenance of plants, water management, etc.

Bio-farming expert Dr. Chandrashekhara, Horticulture Assistant Director Marilingegowda, Kautilya Vidyalaya Principal Dr. L. Savitha, Administrative Officer Nivedita Nagesh, Horticulture Department staff D.C. Shivalingaiah and others were present.

Nearly 100 participants including Kautilya Vidyalaya staff and members from the public took part in the training programme.

 
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