FDA paper leakage: Total 14 arrested; BSY warns officials of dismissal

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January 24, 2021

Bengaluru, Jan 24: Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said the officials allegedly involved in leaking the first division assistant (FDA) examination question papers may be dismissed from service, even as eight more people were arrested in connection with the leakage, taking the total number of arrests to 14.

The exam conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) was to take place today but ahead of it the city police arrested six people with Rs 24 lakh in cash and the question papers.

The police said the leaked question papers were allegedly sold to job aspirants.

Based on the expose, the KPSC postponed the FDA examination.

"We will initiate stringent action against all those involved in the case. I am not only ready to suspend them but also dismiss them from the service," the Chief Minister told reporters.

Stating that the officers concerned have been suspended, he said he would get the matter investigated.

"It is an unpardonable act to leak the question papers even before the exams are held," Yediyurappa said.

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, in a statement, said based on the inputs given by the kingpins of the racket - Rachappa and Chandru - 12 people have been arrested taking the total arrested to 14.

According to police, six people were arrested on Saturday while on Sunday eight more were arrested.

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March 1,2021

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Kochi, Mar 1: Former Kerala High Court Judge P N Ravindran on Sunday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Kochi.

During the BJP state president K Surendran's 'Vijaya Yathra' at Thripunithura in Kochi, Sitharaman welcomed Ravindran into the party.

Earlier in the day, Sitharaman had lashed out at the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala over the state budget and accused it of giving all the budget money to the Kerala infrastructure investment fund board (KIIFB).

The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly is scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6.

A total of 2,67,88,268 electors will elect the candidates in Kerala for the 15th Legislative Assembly.

For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.

According to the commission, of the 140 Assembly seats, 14 seats are reserved for SC category and two are reserved for ST category candidates.

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February 21,2021

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Mumbai, Feb 21: After a year-long battle, a Bengaluru court on Saturday granted the custody of extradited gangster Ravi Pujari to Mumbai Police.

Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner (crime branch), Maharashtra 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.

"In the next few days, Pujari will be brought to Mumbai from Karnataka. There are around 49 serious offences registered in Mumbai against him apart from Navi Mumbai and Thane. We had been trying to get his custody for a year, and finally got success in the 2016 Ghazali Hotel firing case," said Bharambe.

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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February 27,2021

Mangaluru, Feb 27: The Vishwa Konkani Awards 2020 presentation ceremony was held at the World Konkani Centre at Shaktinagar on Saturday.

Five achievers received the awards for their work in literature.

K M Sukhatankar received the Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar for his satire literary work ’Dhumkyar Dhumke’ while Shailendra Mehtra received the Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Poetry Award for his Anthology of Poems ’Sisphyus Tengsher’.

Dr Shivaram Kamath received the Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Lifetime Achievement Award for his yeoman contribution to the Konkani language movement.

Meera Shenoy was presented the Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar for her outstanding service towards the welfare and empowerment of the specially abled. This Award was also conferred on Dr Y Umanath Shenoy for his service to Indian epigraphy.

Goa Konkani Academy president and noted Konkani poet Arun Sakhardande conferred the awards. T V Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, Bengaluru addressed the gathering through Zoom meet.

President of Vishwa Konkani Kendra Basti Vaman Shenoy, Treasurer R R Bhat, General Secretary G Nandagopal Shenoy, Vice President of the Kendra Gilbert D’Souza and others were present.

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