Development of in-roads necessary: J R Lobo

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September 28, 2014

Mangalore, Sep 28: Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo said that greater importance should be given to the development of in-roads in Mangalore City Corporation limits, as citizens faced a lot of inconvenience due to undeveloped and muddy roads in the outer parts of the city.

He was speaking after laying the foundation for the concretisation of the connecting road to Preethinagar near Shaktinagar here on Saturday.

Stating that development of in-roads would be one of the goals under city planning, Mr Lobo said that the connecting road would be concretised in a short time so that the local residents could take advantage of the new road.

On the occasion, Mangalore Mayor Mahabala Marla, corporator Akhila Alva, Congress leader Kallige Tharanath Shetty, Arun Coelho and several others were present.

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February 12,2024

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Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada unit of Social Democratic Party of India has submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah through district in-charge minister Dinesh Gundu Rao demanding a govt medical college in the coastal district. 

SDPI district president Anwar Sadath said the CM should announce the setting up of a govt medical college in Dakshina Kannada in the upcoming state budget.

Further, he said, the govt should sanction a super speciality hospital with 1,000 beds and earmark the funds for the same in the budget.

A unit of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research should be set up in Mangaluru, he said.

A special task force should be set up in the district to prevent moral policing and communal riots. 

An awareness programme should be organised to maintain peace and harmony in the region, he said, adding that a sum of Rs 100 crore should be earmarked for the purpose. The SDPI also demanded the govt to construct a Haj Bhavan and Beary Bhavana in the district.

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February 22,2024

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Mangaluru, Feb 22: The Railway Board has recently announced an extension of the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod Vande Bharat Express via Alappuzha to Mangaluru. 

The commencement date for the new services has not been disclosed yet, but it is mentioned that the train will start operating on the new route at an appropriate time. 

The extension of the service is a welcome move for passengers traveling between these destinations. 

According to a release issued by the Railway Board on Wednesday, “Vande Bharat Train No. 20632/20631 will now operate between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore Central.”

The new railway timetable outlines the schedule for the extended route. The Vande Bharat Express will depart from Mangalore Central at 6:15 am and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 3:05 pm. In the return journey, it will depart from Thiruvananthapuram at 4:05 pm and arrive at Mangalore Central at 12:40 am. The train will operate six days a week, excluding Wednesdays.

The timings have been adjusted in such a way that the service will start 45 minutes earlier from Mangalore without changing the present timing.

The train will leave from Mangalore at 6.15 AM, Kasaragod – 06:57 AM, Kannur- 07:55 AM, Kozhikode – 08:57 AM, Tirur – 09:22 AM, Shornur- 09:58 AM, Thrissur -10:38 AM, Ernakulam- 11:45 AM, Alappuzha- 12:38 PM, Kollam- 13:40 PM, Thiruvananthapuram- 15:05 PM.

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February 23,2024

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Bengaluru: The BJP has reportedly offered five Lok Sabha segments to the JD(S) as part of a seat-sharing deal that may also feature candidate-swapping, sources close to the party's legislature leader H D Kumaraswamy said, as the two parties get battle-ready to take on the Congress.

The JD(S) is free to choose from Hassan, Mandya, Kolar, Bangalore Rural and Tumkur, sources said. 

Kumaraswamy and his son Nikhil airdashed to New Delhi and met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday to discuss the nuts and bolts of the agreement. 

The seat-sharing deal is also likely to involve swapping of candidates.

"It will be a JD(S) candidate in Hassan, Mandya and Kolar. From Bangalore Rural, the JD(S) candidate is likely to contest on the BJP's symbol. In Tumkur, it might be a BJP candidate on the JD(S) symbol," a source explained. 

If the candidate-swapping happens, then the JD(S) will effectively get four seats where its symbol will be on the ballot. 

Facing an existential threat after getting routed in the Assembly polls, the JD(S) formally joined the BJP-led NDA in September 2023 and forged an alliance with the saffron party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. 

The JD(S) already has its MP in Hassan, considered to be its stronghold. In Vokkaliga heartland Mandya, BJP-backed Independent Sumalatha Ambareesh is the MP. Kolar has a BJP MP. 

According to sources, the BJP top brass wants noted cardiac surgeon Dr C N Manjunath to contest. Speculation is rife that Dr Manjunath, who is JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda's son-in-law, will contest on the BJP's symbol from Bangalore Rural, which is currently held by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar's brother, DK Suresh.

In Tumkur, there is speculation that senior BJP leader V Somanna will be the candidate on the JD(S) symbol.

The thinking is based on caste calculations and other poll math involving caste-wise and party-wise vote share in the previous elections, winnability and individual identity of the candidate. 

Kumaraswamy left for New Delhi on Wednesday all of a sudden with his son. Initially, the visit was to pay tributes to eminent jurist Fali S Nariman. On Thursday, the father-son duo met Shah and discussed seat-sharing modalities. 

Sources also said the BJP was slated to hold talks with JD(S) towards the end of this month. But Kumaraswamy expedited this to meet Shah following reports that the BJP wanted to keep Mandya.

"JD(S) workers in Mandya are upset with reports that BJP will keep Mandya with Sumalatha as the candidate. Our leaders are firm about the Mandya seat," the JD(S) source said. 

There is speculation that Kumaraswamy will contest from Mandya but he said that he has "not decided yet on contesting the Lok Sabha polls".

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