Mangaluru Dasara off to a colourful start amid safety measures

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October 17, 2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 17: Mangaluru Dasara was off to a colourful start, albeit on a low key, at the Kudroli Gokarnanatha Kshetra here this morning with former vice-chairperson of Karnataka NRI Forum Arathi Krishna inaugurating it.

Nava Durge idols were installed at the temple hall thereafter.

With COVID-19 pandemic still threatening people, temple’s main architect B. Janardhana Poojary wanted the fest to be celebrated with absolute precaution and slogan “Namma Dasara-Namma Surakshe.” Temple treasurer R. Padmaraj said maintaining social distance, wearing of masks and using sanitisers were mandatory for visiting devotees even as kids below six years were not allowed inside the premises. Barricades were erected across the temple premises to ensure devotees move in queues and maintain social distance.

The inauguration was followed by performance of ‘Pili Vesha’ (tiger dance) by a few devotees as part of their fulfilling their vows.

Navaratri festivities also began in all temples across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Saturday, including Mangaladevi, Kadri Manjunatha, Mariyamma, Marigudi and others in Mangaluru; Kateel Durga Parameshwari, Dharmasthala Manjunatha, Kukke Subrahmanya, Polali Rajarajeshwari and others in Dakshina Kannada; Sri Krishna Mutt, Ambalapadi Mahakali, Kadiyali Mahishamardini, Kollur Mookambika, Kamalashile Durga Parameshwari, Anegudde Vinayaka and other temples in Udupi district.

Devotees thronged temples in large numbers.

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October 20,2020

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Mumbai, Oct 20: A magistrate’s court here on Monday acquitted 20 foreign Tablighi Jamaat delegates who had been booked for violating Covid-related norms and assembling in a mosque, reports Rebecca Samervel.

In two separate judgments, the Indonesian and Kyrgyz Republic nationals were found not guilty for the single charge under the Bombay Police Act, which through a promulgated order prohibits any assembly of people for preservation of public order.

The delegates, who had come to India to attend the Tablighi congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz can return to their home countries after being stranded in Mumbai for over seven months.

Referring to the evidence of two witnesses — cops who probed the cases — the court said neither had an occasion to see the accused together in the form of an assembly.

“The prosecution witnesses admitted they have not seen accused persons contravening any directions or order issued by the authority. The witnesses were also not found in a position to tell where and how the accused persons were residing at the time of the alleged offence,” metropolitan magistrate RR Khan said. “Admittedly the accused persons are foreigners; therefore, they aren’t acquainted with local language and the law of the state,” it said.

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October 12,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 12: A young scientist of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mysuru, who was missing since October 6, was found in Vijayawada, police said on Monday.

"He has been found in Vijayawada. He is on the way to Mysuru," a police officer investigating the matter told P T I without divulging further details.

Abhishek Reddy Gulla, the 26-year old scientific officer at BARC, is a bachelor and had taken a room on rent at Yelwal in Mysuru.

He has been absent from duty since September 17.

When his office contacted him on October 5, he said he would join the office on October 6.

However, on October 6 Gulla left home in his two- wheeler without taking his wallet and even mobile phone and did not return.

Concerned with his disappearance, his superior T K Bose lodged a missing complaint at the Yelwal police station based on which police registered a case.

The reason behind his strange disappearance from Mysuru and emergence at Vijayawada is not known.

"We have to investigate how he disappeared from here," the police official said.

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October 24,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 24: The Indian Army on Sunday shot down a Pakistani army quadcopter along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector, reported news agency.

The Pakistani quadcopter, made by Chinese company DJI Mavic 2, was shot down around 8am while it was flying near the Indian positions.

Indian Army has been on a high alert against Pakistani attempts to infiltrate terrorists or carry out Border Action Team (BAT) attacks against Indian positions.

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had recently said that Pakistan has been trying to continue with its nefarious designs of pushing terrorists into the Indian territory.

He, however, added that these attempts have been successfully foiled by the Indian troops.

Pakistan has been trying to push across terrorists before the snowfall closes all possible routes of infiltration on the border.

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