Actress Ranjitha dons saffron, becomes Nithyananda's sanyasini 'Ma Anandmayi'

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December 28, 2013

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Bangalore, Dec 28: Tamil film actress Ranjitha, whose name was closely linked to the alleged sex scandal involving Bidadi Dhyanapeet Ashram's Swami Nithyananda, was conferred 'Sanyasa Deekshe' by the controversial godman on his 37th birthday on Friday.

The actress was among 70 devotees, including a few foreign nationals, who received the deekshe. Ranjitha was clad in a saffron dress and chanted mantras (prayers) before being administered the sacred vow, sources in the ashram said. She has now assumed the name Maa Anandamayi.

Over a hundred devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu attended the event. Religious rituals started at 6 am and went on till 9 pm. A few hoardings of Nithyananda were installed on the premises and Kannada and Tamil film songs were sung during a procession preceding the deeksha ceremony.

Entry for visitors was restricted and four policemen were guarding the premises. The ashram residents themselves had made the security arrangements and closed the main door. Tension prevailed for a while when a handful of  cameramen climbed the compound of the ashram and started shooting the proceedings. The ashramites allegedly threw stones at them and berated them for the intrusion.

A few Kannada organisations held protests outside the ashram and demanded that Nithyananda be exiled from the State. They tore down banners and hoardings and set tyres on fire, shouting anti-Nithyananda slogans and performed a mock funeral procession.

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October 12,2021

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Udupi, Oct 12: A non-resident India entrepreneur, who was working in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for past 25 years, allegedly ended his life last evening at Shirva in Udupi district.

Simon D'Souza, resident of Nekkare village in Shirva, reportedly jumping into the well near his house. 

The Fire and Emergency Services officials from Udupi retrieved the body from the well. The exact reason for the suicide is yet to be ascertained. 

D’Souza is survived by his mother, wife, son and daughter.

He was also a known social worker in Shirva. He was the member of administrative committee of Pambur Manasa Rehabilitation Center. He was also the member of Arogya Raksha Committee at Community Health Center in Shirva.

A case is registered at Shirva police station. Investigations are on.

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October 12,2021

Kalaburagi, Oct 12: Two mild earthquakes of 3.5 and 2.8 magnitudes were reported from Chincholi taluk in Kalaburagi district of Karnataka within 10 minutes today. 

This is the seventh tremor people have witnessed in the region in a week. While two had occurred in Basavakalyan on October 1 and 5, four were recorded in Kalaburagi on October 9, 11 and 12. 

Panic-stricken people spent the night outdoors in Gadikeshwar and Kupnoor following the tremors. The walls of over 10 houses have collapsed and hundreds of houses developed cracks. In the absence of private vehicles, people are moving out of the village on their motorbikes. Around 100 families have left surrounding villages.

The Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority commissioner Manoj Rajan said that he has convened a meeting of the geologists to understand the phenomena. He added that the disaster management teams in the north Karnataka region has been put on alert. They have also been briefed about the do's and don'ts in the event of any major earthquake.

The KSNDMC said in a statement that the intensity observed on Monday night was "little higher than low intensity". "The earthquake might be felt up to a radial distance of 50 to 60 km or even more. These types of earthquakes do not create any harm or damage to the local community, although there will be vibrations felt up to a distance of 50 to 60 kms based on the local geology," it said. 

The earthquakes assume significance as the epicentres are in close proximity to Latur and Killari in Maharashtra, which had witnessed a massive earthquake in September 1993 killing a large number of people. 

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October 11,2021

Mangaluru, Oct 11: The forest department officials have suspended an operation to capture a leopard after the big cat could not be spotted even after several days of drive at Maroli, on the outskirts of Mangaluru.

The leopard was spotted near a house on the fourth cross of Jayanagar in Maroli on October 3 and 6. Even the pug marks, that were spotted, were confirmed to be that of a leopard. Later, the officials could not trace the leopard. Hence, the operation to capture leopard has been suspended, said Range Forest Officer Prashanth Pai.

The operation was carried out under the directions of Deputy Conservator of Forests Dinesh and Assistant Conservator of Forests Subrahmanya Rao.

The forest department officials had placed a cage and a camera trap to capture the movement of the big cat.

The officials had rushed to the spot after the video of a leopard crossing the road in Maroli, shot by a local resident, was received by the forest department.

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