Curtains come down on Mangaluru Dasara; Poojary skips event

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October 8,2019

Mangaluru, Oct 9: The nine-day Navaratri festival and Mangalore Dasara concluded on a vibrant note at Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Temple in Mangaluru last night.

Thousands of pilgrims and tourists thronged to witness the immersion procession of Ganapathi, Navadurga and Sharada, which is popular in the region as Mangaluru’s own Dasara. 13 idols of Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra led the procession of cultural troupes, piliveshadaris and cultural tableaux.

However, the organisers missed the presence of founder of the event – B Janardhan Poojary—former Union minister, owing to ill health.

Taking note of the complaint from devotees, and tourists alike, that they missed seeing the grandeur of the Navadurgas – Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, Siddhidhatri led up front by Lord Ganapathi and Goddess Sharada bringing up the rear – in the procession, the organisers tinkered with the procession order. The idols started leaving the Kshetra at 5.30pm in the above order.

Now into its 28th year, the procession brought to the fore newness, with Padua Friends recreating a slice of Mysuru Dasara with a tableau of ambari and Mysuru palace.

A 60 member Nasik band that had 30 women drummers set the tone for an overnight procession that saw tiger dancers aka ‘piliveshadaris’ from Manjalbail Friends, Kali Charan and Chilimbi Friends showcase their talent on trucks converted into tableaux, as they wound their way through city thoroughfares.

Tableaux organisers used run-of-the mill ideas to innovative with tableaux such as Brazilian dance, slaying of Kumbhakarna, glory of Anarkali and a tableau Team Young Tuluvas, that depicted the glorious heritage of Tulunadu. If the 45-member Kerala chende tableau transported the crowd temporarily to God’s Own Country, another tableau that depicted the culture of the Aghoris, gave one a glimpse of how these ascetic Shaiva sadhus lead their lives.

Barke Friends that fielded four tableaux including that of the Aghoris, had one exclusively for women piliveshadaris. Biruver Kudla recreated the magic of a girl from Kerala, whose dance as young Lord Krishna had captivated the social media, with nearly 20 girls recreating the same on the moving stage. The sight of 75 umbrellas at the head of the procession, with the rest of the tableau moving behind on the tastefully decorated street, made it a night to remember.

The procession that started at the temple proceeded through Mannagudda, Lady Hill Circle, Lalbagh, PVS Circle, Navabharath Circle, K S Rao Road, Hampankatta Road, Ganapathi High School Road, Car Street, Alake and returned to the temple at Kudroli in the early hours. The committee tinkered with the procession order to ensure that the idols of the Navadurgas and Sharada were immersed in the temple pushkarni before dawn the next day.

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HC asks Karnataka govt to issue SOP to curb child porn, probe missing children cases

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July 23,2020

Bengaluru, July 23: The High Court of Karnataka has directed the state government to formulate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for child protection, particularly for cases of child pornography and child missing.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna passed a detailed order and asked the state government to submit compliance within three months.

The division bench passed the order on two PILs, including a suo motu litigation registered in 2018. The PILs were registered to ensure effective implementation of the directions of the Supreme Court on the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act).

The bench observed that in normal courses, courts do not issue writ of mandamus to the legislature on rule-making aspects. However, when the failure of the state is demonstrated under exceptional circumstances, courts can issue directions. The bench directed the state government to expedite the rule-making process to ensure proper implementation of the JJ Act.

The bench expressed displeasure on the insensitive police investigation in cases of child pornography. “The police machinery did not show the sensitivity expected from it while dealing with cases of alleged child pornography. Therefore, it will be appropriate if the state issues SOP or guidelines for dealing with cases of child pornography so that proper investigation is carried out in such cases. As we are directing the formation of SOP for dealing with child pornography cases, the state is also directed to formulate guidelines on child missing cases,” the bench said.

The bench had been issuing several directions since 2018 and has also been monitoring police investigations. The court observed that while the state government has incorporated several directions, some issues still remain unaddressed.

The bench directed the government to have dedicated staff for the Directorate of Integrated Child Protection Scheme considering the sensitive nature of work.

On working of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB), the court asked the Registrar General of the Karnataka High Court to issue directions to the principal magistrates of all the JJBs in the state to sit on all working days for a minimum of six hours a day. 

The high court directed the state to exercise the rule-making powers for obtaining an annual report from the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Kaup MLA Lalaji Mendon new chairman of Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission

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July 27,2020

Udupi, Jul 27: Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa has appointed BJP leader Lalaji R Mendon as the new chairman of the State Backward Classes Commission.

Mendon is a three-time MLA from the Kapu Assembly constituency. During his second term as MLA, he was the Director in Konkan Railway’s Board.

Mr Yediyurappa has appointed 24 MLAs to different corporations in the state. Mendon is only one from coastal Karnataka.

Mendon is the only MLA representing BJP from fishermen's community. He was the president of Kaup unit of BJP Yuvamorcha. He also served as the state BJP secretary.

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Only God can save us from Covid-19, says Health Minister B Sriramulu

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July 16,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 16: Rattled by the spurt in Covid-19 positive cases, a Karnataka minister on Wednesday said only god would save the people from coronavirus pandemic.

"Only god has to save us from the virus or the people should be made aware of the infection so that they wear mask and maintain social distancing," state Health Minister B Sriramulu told reporters in Chitradurga, 205-km northwest of Bengaluru.

Noting that the infection does not differentiate between rich and poor, police, doctors, politicians or legislators, Sriramulu said the communicable disease could rise to alarming level in the ensuing two months, as the cases were rising daily the world over.

"Who can control coronavirus? In the present situation, only god has to save us. Otherwise, the people should become aware of its (virus) consequences. If we have made mistakes, we are ready to face punishment for them," said Sriramulu, who is the ruling BJP's legislator from the Molakalmuru reserved assembly segment in the district.

Refuting the opposition Congress charge that the cases were rising in the state due to negligence by ministers, officials and legislators, Sriramulu said Karnataka was performing better than other states till the cases began to steadily rise since unlock started and the people were moving in violation of the guidelines.

A record 3,176 cases were reported from across the southern state during the day, taking the Covid tally to a whopping 47,253, including 27,853 active cases after 18,466 were discharged, with 1,076 during the day, while 928 succumbed to the virus, with 87 in the last 24 hours.

In Bengaluru, which is under 9-day lockdown since Tuesday night till July 22 morning, 1,975 positive cases were registered, taking its tally to 22,944, including 17,051 active after 5,455 were discharged so far, with 463 during the day, while 437 died of the infection, with 60 in the last 24 hours.

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