Mangaluru: Reflection park, mural inaugurated in Roshni Nilaya

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April 20, 2015

Mangalore, Apr 20: As part of a critical service learning project initiated by Fulbright Specialist from the United States Dr Lorna Gonsalves using a Creative Peaceful Resistance (CPR) approach, the opening of ‘Reflection Park’ and unveiling of a painted mural in the premises of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya at Valencia here on Monday.

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With domestic workers as the focus group, the critical service learning project uses a unique approach known as CPR which uses the form of art as a channel for creatively and peacefully protesting against injustice.

Briefing mediapersons after inaugurating the park, Dr Lorna Gonsalves said that the critical service learning project would involve bringing domestic workers to the campus and also interacting with employers, towards sensitizing them to the plight of the domestic workers.

An association for domestic workers had been formed, which will help identify those being discriminated or denied of their rights and seeking legal help. Meanwhile, an employers’ association will also be formed to help involve more employers in the project. The project will also seek to involve the Mayor, police department and lawyers in the city, she informed.

Part of the project, the reflection park was set up as a site for prompting, reflection and promoting dialogues and inspiring collective action guided by the CPR approach. This approach will also be used by students involved in the project to inform, engage and transform communities. A mural depicting the plight of domestic workers in the park was painted by a group of artists from ISIRI Art who were also present on the occasion.

Students from School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya involved in the Fulbright project used creative expression to spread awareness about the project at a programme organised in the campus prior to the inauguration of the park. The students conducted a mime show, song and a tableau to express the plight and suffering of domestic workers in the country.

Principal of Roshni Nilaya Dr Sophia Fernandes welcomed the gathering and briefed about the Creative Peaceful Resistance approach and the Reflection park in the campus.

Dr Jacintha D’Souza, Colin D’Souza, Joe Gonsalves and Irene Gonsalves, Dr Jenis Mary, Dr Rameela Shekhar, Juliet CJ and several others were present on the occasion.

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September 8,2023

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The BJP and the JD(S) have sealed their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2024 in Karnataka, BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa confirmed on Friday. The agreement has been for four seats, Yediyurappa said adding that Amit Shah agreed to give four Lok Sabha seats to JD(S). JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda recently met BJP chief JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah and the meeting indicated that BJP and the JD(S) would walk into an alliance -- only the details were pending.

JD(S) came into an alliance with the Congress and formed the government with HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister. The government was ousted after it lost the trust vote in 2019, a year after it came to power.

According to reports, JDS wanted to contest from Mandya, Hassan, Tumakuru, Chickballapur and Bengaluru Rural. BJP reportedly agreed to let it contest on four seats -- Kolar, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru rural.

The move comes days after Deve Gowda claimed that his party was neither with the INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) nor with the NDA. JD(S), Deve Gowda said, would fight the Lok Sabha elections independently.

Once an ally of the Congress -- though unnatural -- JDS was not invited to the INDIA meeting held in Bengaluru. "Some (Karnataka) Congress leaders did not want me... Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is my good friend (but) since Congress doesn't want me... I skipped," Deve Gowda said when the second meeting of the opposition alliance was held in the city.

A meeting was held on Wednesday at the residence of Deve Gowda to seek the opinion of the party functionaries on the prospective alliance. Most leaders have given their opinion in favour of an alliance with the BJP.

In 2019 Lok Sabha election, JDS won Hassan where Deve Gowda's grand nephew Prajwal Revanna contested.

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September 11,2023

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Mangaluru, Sep 11: A bank official was found dead inside the swimming pool of a prominent hotel in the heart of Mangaluru city today morning.

The deceased has been officially identified as Gopu R Nair, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala.

According to preliminary information, Nair had checked into the hotel on Sunday, and the tragic incident occurred in the early hours of Monday when he left his room at approximately 4 a.m.

A case has been registered at jurisdictional Pandeshwar police station and investigations are on.

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Bengaluru, Sep 19: Police arrested hardline hindutva activist Abhinava Halashree Swami, one of the main accused in the multi-crore cheating case wherein entrepreneur Govind Babu Poojary was duped after he was promised of BJP MLA ticket.

According to sources, Halashree was on board a running train in Odisha and CCB police arrested him with the help of Odisha state police. He will be brought to Bengaluru by night.

Swami was absconding after the arrest of young Hindtuva activist and rabble-rouser Chaithra Kundapura was taken into custody by the police. 

Abhinava Halashree hails from Vijayanagar district. He was reportedly trying to obtain interim bail from the court after Chaitra’s arrest. 

Earlier, Chaitra had made statements before the media while in custody that if Halashree Swami is arrested, the involvement of prominent personalities in the scam will emerge.

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