‘Yakshagana is a catalyst of change’

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February 9, 2021

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Moodbidri: Yakshagana was used as a catalyst of change even during the 1950s. Development messages on agriculture, health, environment, rural development, family planning, literacy were disseminated through Yakshagana prasangas, said Padmanabha K.V., assistant professor in journalism at University College of Arts, Tumkur University.

He was addressing journalism students at the Department of PG Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at Alva’s College on ‘Development support communication in India: Challenges and suggestions’ recently.

Prasanagas on agriculture, organic farming such as Grow More Food, Japani Krishi Vijaya, Rashtra Vijaya, Krishi Mahime, Nellura Gella, Akshara Vimochane, Vidya Vijaya on literacy, Sasya Sandhana, Nisarga Sandhanam on Environment, Ileyannana Kathe (series of prasanagas on various issues), Mitha Santhanada Mahime on family planning, Thambaku Mahathme on health were performed. ‘Palaandu Charithre’ which was performed during Covid- 19 pandemic highlighted the conflict of social classes, he said adding that the roles of strong opinion leaders in these prasangas promoted positive changes in the society.

 'Development doesn’t equate to wealth accumulation'

 Being developed doesn’t mean being wealthy in terms of money or accumulating wealth. Accepting innovation, changing mindset, and attitude help the process of development, he said adding that the development concept of the West will not work in India.

 People’s active participation in the process of development will help in building a robust nation. He said, “According to ‘Diffusion of Innovation theory’ proposed by American theorist Everette M. Rogers, there are five types of adopters namely the innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards. The laggards have a stubborn mindset, not easily influenced to adopt new ideas, innovations, and technology. They too should be taken to confidence and motivated through the language in which they understand.”

 Media is 18th Elephant

Mr. Padmanabha emphasized the media’s role in the process of development quoting a fable how 18th elephant helped a king to share 17 elephants among his three sons. “Media is the facilitator of development. It should play a pivotal role. Besides mainstream media, alternative media, folk media too play a constructive role in the process of overall and sustainable development,” he said.

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April 4,2021

Mangaluru, Apr 4: Customs officials of Mangaluru International Airport intercepted a passenger from Dubai and confiscated gold worth Rs 37 lakhs on Sunday.

Officials said the passenger Noushad Thrikkulath, a native of Kasargod arrived from Dubai in the wee hours today and attempting to smuggle gold by concealing it inside his body through the rectum.

The gold weighing 802 grams worth Rs 37.29 lakh has been seized and investigation is on.

The operation was by Avinash Kiran Royal Deputy Commissioner crucial role of surveillance and interception.

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April 14,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 14: The government of Karnataka is likely to introduce at more stringent regulations to mitigate rising covid-19 cases in the state after April 18, hinted Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Speaking to reporters, the CM said the government will also consider extending night curfews to few more district centres if required. He said that the all-party meeting convened on April 18 will discuss all measures "except lockdown". 

In the wake of strict regulations imposed in Maharashtra, the Karnataka government will also discuss the measures initiated in the neighbouring states. "We will discuss with leaders from opposition parties and take steps considering their advice," Yediyurappa said. 

"There is no proposal for a weekend curfew. However, we will deliberate whether night curfew can be extended (to other parts of the state)," he said, adding that it could be extended to two or three district centres. Night curfew is currently in force at eight district centres of Karnataka, including Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru. 

Karnataka has reported over 25,000 Covid-19 cases in the last three days, as case numbers have surged in the second wave of the pandemic projected to peak in May. 

While Yediyurappa had spoken of imposing lockdown if required two days ago, he made a U-turn Tuesday, ruling out lockdown in the state.

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April 12,2021

Mangaluru: The Mangaluru city police have seized nearly 68 vehicles, including 64 two-wheelers, for violating the night curfew imposed by the government on Saturday.

The police had set up 42 checkpoints across the city, and motorists were stopped at prominent junctions, and allowed to go only after producing valid documents after 10 pm. The clamping of night curfew in the city witnessed traffic snarls at many places, and commotion prevailed at a few places, when people were not allowed to move after 10pm.

While many questioned the police for not allowing them to return to their homes, those working on night shifts expressed their anger, when they were stopped even after showing their identity cards.

DYFI state president Muneer Katipalla criticised the police for allegedly troubling shopkeepers who were returning home after shutting down their shops. “Curfew is not applied to places where thousands gather for festivals. Those shopkeepers who were returning home after closing their shops, were stopped on the road,” Muneer lamented.

Former minister B Ramanath Rai too expressed disapproval over police blocking the vehicles, by placing barricades at Padil on the outskirts of Mangaluru.

Noticing traffic congestion on the road, due to the night curfew enforced by police, Rai alighted from his car and urged the police to remove the barricades, to facilitate easy movement of vehicles.

City police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said that some inconvenience will be experienced by residents on the first day. “I have seen a few instances, where the public have also been behaving objectionably,” he said.

60 Home Guards deputed: Based on the request of the Dakshina Kannada district administration, the state government has deputed 60 Home Guards to play the role of marshals in Mangaluru city, to enforce Covid-19 regulations. The Home Guards will be helping the police to ensure people wear masks, maintain social distancing and prevent unnecessary travel in the city.

The government has also deputed 10 Home Guards each to Ullal and Puttur city municipalities, five each to town municipalities of Bantwal, Moodbidri, Someshwara and town panchayats of Kotekar, Mulki , Belthangady, Vitla, Sullia and Kadaba. 

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