Kuwait: J R Lobo interacts with NRIs from coastal Karnataka

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October 31, 2014

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Salmiya (Kuwait), Oct 31: Presidents and office bearers of various NRI associations of Kannadigas in Kuwait and expatriates from Coastal Karnataka in Kuwait interacted with visiting Karnataka Legislative Assembly Member J.R. Lobo and shared their concerns including patronizing Air India Express flight on Kuwait-Mangalore sector in a public meeting held in Kuwait.

The meeting was organized by United Associations of Karnataka (UAKK) on Thursday evening at SIMS Auditorium, Salmiya, Kuwait.

Addressing the gathering as chief guest Mr Lobo gave a call to all Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait to patronize AIE flight services on Kuwait – Mangalore sector and help smooth running of the flights. He cautioned saying that this may be a last chance to retain flight services on Kuwait – Mangalore sector. He shared his experiences about his recent meetings with Aviation Minister for state G.M. Siddeshwar and Air India Express MD & CEO Rohit Nandan who approved the restoration of AIE express services to this sector.

During question and answer session, NRIs from Coastal Karnataka and Northern parts of Kerala suggested several points to increase the passenger load to Kuwait – Mangalore sector, and also conveyed their concerns and challenges they are facing while choosing AIE flights for their travel on Kuwait – Mangalore sector.

Mr. Lobo assured to the audience and leaders of UAKK that he would be their voice and convey their concerns to Aviation Ministry and Air India Express management regarding flight timings, hike in fare, luggage, hygiene in the aircraft, improvement in catering facilities and the hospitality of AIE staff etc.

He also assured that he will suggest Karnataka State Government to grant permission to NRI students to appear for CET examination once they complete 12th standard in Kuwait or in other GCC countries so that the fees structures for NRI students will match with local students.

Fayaz Sheikh coordinated and convened the public meeting and Mr. Stephen Machado conveyed the vote of thanks.

Ramesh Kidiyoor in his welcome address briefed about UAKK activities. Hasan Yusuf, Chief Coordinator of UAKK gave details of the association's efforts towards restoring Kuwait-Mangalore sector flights. He thanked Air India Express for restoration of flight service. He also thanked UAKK leaders, Aviation Ministry of India, Karnataka Health Minister U.T. Kader, Chief Minister Siddaramiah, Wakf Minister Roshan Baig, DK MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLC Shri Ivan D'Souza, MLA J.R. Lobo and leaders of KORWA Mangalore.

Pascal Pinto and Satishchandra Shetty, NRI social workers addressed the gathering and thanked Air India Express for the restoration of flight service to Kuwait – Mangalore sector. They requested all Coastal Karnataka NRIs in Kuwait to make use of Air India Express Flights in Kuwait-Mangalore sector.

UAKK also thanked overseas returnees from Kuwait Elias Sanctis, Archie Menezes and Louis Lobo for their continued support in regard to Kuwait – Mangalore sector follow up matters.

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February 15,2024

Bengaluru, Feb 15: Days after a group of farmers from Karnataka travelling to Delhi for the ‘Dilli Chalo’ farmers’ protest were detained by the Madhya Pradesh Police, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday sought the intervention of his MP counterpart Mohan Yadav.

According to the farmers, they were detained by the police in the early hours of Monday as the train they were travelling in to reach Delhi approached the Bhopal railway station. Prominent farmer leaders such as Badagalapura Nagendra and Kuruburu Shanthakumar were among those from different parts of Karnataka who were stopped by the Bhopal police.

In his letter to the Madhya Pradesh CM, Siddaramaiah said the detention of the farmers was a violation of their constitutional rights. “It has been four days since the farmers were detained and yet they have not been released. It is now learnt your police authorities are shifting them to Varanasi. Travelling to Delhi to participate in a peaceful protest is the constitutional right of the people,” the Karnataka CM said in his letter.

“It is highly unfortunate that farmers who are seeking better policies are being arrested and ill-treated by police authorities in Madhya Pradesh. I request you to personally look into this and get the farmers released without shifting them from place to place,” he said.

Soon after the farmers were detained in Bhopal, Siddaramaiah lashed out at the Madhya Pradesh government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to suppress the farmers’ struggle.

Siddaramaiah said on social media platform X that the Narendra Modi government’s action against farmer protests might only lead to more farmers taking to the streets. “Looking at the current actions of Narendra Modi’s government, it seems their main aim is to intimidate the farmers into submission,” Siddaramaiah had said.

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February 9,2024

Mangaluru, Feb 9: The central government has given an in-principle approval for opening a new Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) Wellness Centre in Mangaluru, said Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.

Kateel said that Union minister for health and family welfare Mansukh Mandaviya has informed him about the opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in Mangaluru.

The minister has stated in a letter to Kateel that the request made by the MP for a CGHS Wellness Centre was considered and the concerned additional director of CGHS was directed to visit the city to ascertain the feasibility.

“An in-principle approval for the opening of a new CGHS Wellness Centre in 20 cities across the country, including Mangaluru, has recently been granted,” the minister stated in the letter.

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February 17,2024

Udupi, Feb 17: In a shocking incident, a 19-year-old student died by suicide by jumping off a building after going through the question paper during an examination in Manipal town of Udupi district in Karnataka.

The deceased student has been identified as Satyam Suman from Bihar. He was studying in the second year in the MCHP division at Mahe University.

The incident occurred during an ongoing examination in the college on Friday afternoon. 

Satyam had entered the examination hall and appeared visibly tense after receiving the question paper. He was reportedly found using a mobile phone, in violation of examination rules, by an invigilator. Upon being caught, he was asked to leave the examination hall. 

Overwhelmed by distress at being caught, the made the tragic decision to leap from the sixth floor of the college, resulting in his death, sources said. 

A case has been registered with the Manipal police station. However, the police said that the exact reason for the student’s action is yet to be ascertained. “It is unclear whether the victim was struggling with exam fear or was going through any other issue. We have initiated an investigation,” police said.

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