Miracle fails, Swami dies of poison in Belgaum village

October 13, 2014

Athani, Oct 13: Ganeshyogi Maharaj of Mayureshwar mutt at Kempwad village, who used to claim that he would come back to life three days after his death, died after consuming poison late on Saturday.

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Amidst strong protests by hundreds of devotees to wait for three days, a police team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police S S Patil explained the seriousness of the matter to the devotees and prevailed upon them to conduct his last rites.

The devotees finally relented and buried his body at the mutt's premises on Sunday afternoon.

This is not the first time that 75-year-old Ganeshyogi had consumed poison to show his miracle powers.

Many times in the past, he had consumed poison and even got poisonous snakes to bite him to prove that he could defy death.

Ganeshyogi, whose former name was Pakirappa Patil, hailed from Benaki village in Badami taluk of Bagalkot district.

He made Kempwad village his home about 50 years ago and worked as a teacher at a government Kannada primary school for about three to four years. After resigning from his job, he stayed at Mayureshwar mutt.

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February 23,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 23: Veteran Konkani writer Gratian Pius D’Silva who was popular as Herolpius, passed away Monday night.

He was 67 and survived by his wife and two children.

He was a former Immigration Director of Mangaluru International Airport. Gratian had authored 10 novels, 170 short stories and about 200 poems. He had to his credit over 300 articles and 1200 humorous write-ups.

Gratian was the recipient of several awards including Goa Bhasha Mandal, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Konkani Kutam Bahrain and Daiji Dubai Awards.

His four decades of assiduous and constant work makes him the ‘hidden giant’ of Konkani literature. He is one among the rare breed of Konkani writers whose work has been found worthwhile for translation into Kannada and Hindi languages.

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February 23,2021

6 dead after gelatin sticks meant for quarrying explode in Karnataka's  Chikkaballapur | Deccan Herald

Chikkaballapur, Feb 23: Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani on Tuesday said that the explosives in the Chikkaballapur incident were stored before the Shivamogga blast.

"I have learnt from officials that explosives were stored before the Shivamogga blast. The accused will not be spared no matter how much influence they wield. I am in Delhi for official work. I will be leaving for Bengaluru this evening and directly head to the blast site," said the Karnataka minister.

Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani said that the Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, Chikkaballapur District Collector, Superintendent of police and our department officials have inspected the spot and assessing the situation.

"These tragic incidents remind us the importance of training skilled workers and establishment of mining school. The people involved in the mining activities should be given training on careful handling of gelatin sticks, detonators and other explosive items at mining sites," he said.

He further said that the government is planning to set up a mining school and committed to ensure the safety of people in the mining areas. Stringent action will be taken against anyone involved in illegal mining activities and irregularities.

At least six people have died and others have sustained injuries in a quarry blast at Chikkaballapur district.

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February 23,2021

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Mumbai, Feb 23: Mumbai Sessions Court on Tuesday remanded gangster Ravi Pujari to police custody till March 9 in the 2016 Ghazali restaurant firing case.

Ravi Pujari is wanted in more than 49 cases in Mumbai.

Earlier on Saturday, a Bengaluru court granted the custody of Ravi Pujari to Mumbai Police.

Milind Bharambe said that Mumbai Police sought the custody of gangster Ravi Pujari, who is lodged in a Karanataka Jail, in connection with the 2016 Ghazali Hotel firing case.

Pujari, who was wanted in several cases, including ones related to heinous crimes like murder and extortion, was extradited to Bengaluru in February 2020 from Senegal.

The gangster, who parted ways with underworld don Chhota Rajan, had jumped bail after he was arrested in Senegal in 2019 and had escaped to South Africa, where he was involved in drug trafficking and extortion.

According to sources in the Indian intelligence, Ravi Pujari was hiding under the false identity of Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder, in a remote village in South Africa.

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