Harekala Hajabba in hard times

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February 27, 2015

Mangaluru, Feb 27: The ‘unlettered educationist’ Harekala Hajabba, affectionately known as the ‘Akshara Santa’ (saint of letters) among who knows of his praiseworthy efforts to educate the poor children of his village who are otherwise unable to afford school fees, is now unwell and feeble due to his health problems.

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Due to lack of a nutritious diet and problems such as asthma, anaemia now plagues him and he has to undertake regular medical treatment. A few days ago he was admitted to Yenepoya Medical College Hospital at Derlakatte, where he is slowly recovering with hopes of getting back to his routine of traveling to Mangaluru from his village Harekala few kilometres away to sell oranges and other fruits and take care of his school.

With the noble cause and single-handed efforts to build a school and provide a good education to poor children from his savings by selling fruit and seeking donations, several organisations and institutions have recognised his efforts and honoured him with felicitations and donations. However, as selfless as he is, he invests the money given to him during felicitations towards building a new structure which will serve as a high school for these students.

He hopes of constructing a building for PUC courses in the same village and strives to save as much money as possible. With a mission to construct a playground adjacent to the existing school, Hajabba had been frequenting offices of the deputy commissioner and elected representatives to seek assistance in sanctioning the land necessary for the playground.

During this while, he was also plagued with his daughter’s ailing condition putting him into a state of mental and physical stress.

In his own words, “I became largely unwell and had to be treated at a hospital for my ailments. For more than a month, I have been receiving medical treatment and also conducted a heart scan free of cost. Yenepoya Abdullah Kunhi also donated free medicines and food supplies to my home during this time. I am still recovering.”

He said that he was unable to come to the city to sell oranges as he was not strong enough to walk as before. As soon as he is able and fit enough, he wishes to go back to selling oranges for livelihood.

Funds for school

According to Hajabba, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel had facilitated a grant of Rs 5 lakh towards construction of a playground. The deputy commissioner himself visited the place and sanctioned a sum of Rs 5 lakh issuing directive for the construction of a compound wall.

The zilla panchayat had provided a sum of Rs 50,000 towards the development of the school. However, the combined sum still falls short since the construction of a proper playground for the school children requires upto Rs 40 lakh.

“It is very difficult for amass this type of huge sum. I have approached and placed a request in front of the chief minister to build a PUC block next to the school,” said Hajabba, with no plans of giving up till his dream is realised.

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June 22,2022

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Mangaluru, June 22: The southwest monsoon has gained momentum as all the three coastal districts - Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi - are experiencing heavy showers for the past three days.

The intensity of rain increased considerably on Tuesday and it is expected to remain so till Wednesday. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has sounded a red alert for the coastal districts for Wednesday and a yellow alert for the next four days.

The inclement weather played spoilsport to mass yoga demonstrations in all the three districts.

Incessant showers have left several residential areas and roads, including high church road, Nandanagadda and railway station road in Karwar flooded. The national highway 66 in front of Ravindranath Tagore beach and the state highway at Habbuwada were inundated with rainwater affecting the vehicular movement for hours. Heavy rain and strong winds battered coastal taluks of Uttara Kannada - Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar and Bhatkal - throughout the day.

Honnavar recorded 82 mm of rain in the last 24 hours (ending 8 am on Tuesday) followed by Karwar 71 mm and Kumta 59 mm.

Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts also witnessed intermittent spells of rain on Tuesday. Torrential showers have left Karavali Junction, Ambalpadi, Mudanidamburu flooded in Udupi. More than 20 electricity poles have been uprooted due to rain and strong winds in the district.

According to the weather department, the twin districts are most likely to witness heavy rain (up to 20.4 cm) till June 25. The met department has warned the fishermen not to venture into sea owing to high tides. Also, the people close to the coast and river mouth should relocate to a safer place, the IMD release said.

Kodagu district received moderate to heavy showers in the day. Parts of Malnad and north interior Karnataka also witnessed scattered rainfall.

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June 25,2022

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Kumta, June 25: Four college students who were on coastal Karnataka tour, drowned off Baada Beach in Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district today.

They were part of 87 students’ team which had come from Bengaluru and stayed in Silver Sand Resort in Baada. 

The four – identified as Arjun, Chaitrashree, Tejas D, Kiran Kumar – were washed away by a high tide when they were playing in the beach, sources said. 

The dead bodies of Arjun and Chaitrashree were found while the two others are still missing.

Sleuths from jurisdictional police station, fire fighters are divers are carrying out the search operation for the missing duo. More details are awaited. 

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June 17,2022

Bengaluru, June 17: With 72 more students receiving 625 out of 625 marks after re-evaluation and re-totalling, the number of students securing full marks in the SSLC examinations has increased to 217.

Last month, when the SSLC results were announced, 145 students sprang a surprise by scoring 625 out of 625. This number has increased by 72 after the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) released the revaluation results.

The Board has decided to initiate disciplinary action against teachers who evaluated the answer scripts.

KSEEB director Gopalakrishna H N said: “We are gathering information on the teachers who evaluated these answer scripts and the same will be forwarded to the deputy directors of respective districts for further action.”

According to the Board’s norms, such teachers will be penalised and also blacklisted from the list of eligible evaluators. “The action will depend on the reply they give to the notice they will be issued,” said another official of the Board.

Meanwhile, the Board is initiating measures to refund the revaluation fee to students. “If the difference in marks is six and above we will refund the revaluation fees. But in case the marks difference is below six, then the revised marks will be added to the marks card, but no refund will be initiated,” the KSEEB director explained.

The huge number of students notching up perfect top scores became a subject of discussion on various platforms. This is the first time since the inception of KSEEB that 217 students have scored full marks in all the subjects to emerge as toppers. 

The number of students achieving the perfect score was never more than 10 all these years. In 2020, six students scored a cent per cent. Also, the number of students securing second place has been jumped from 11 in 2020 to 309 this year with a total score of 624. A total of 472 students share the third place with 623 marks.

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