Amittrajit Ghosh, Ashwin Naik clinch overall INRC title

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November 11, 2013
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Bangalore, November 11: Kolkata-based Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik from Mangalore sealed the Overall title in the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship when they emerged champions in the IMG Karnataka-1000, here Sunday.

Enjoying a sizeable overnight lead, Ghosh concentrated on bringing his Group N-spec Mitsubishi Lancer Cedia to the finish in one piece and eventually finished first, one minute, 52.6 seconds clear of veteran Rahul Kanthraj (Vivek Bhatt) who made one place over Prithvi Dominic (Pruthvi Sthal) who ended up third.

“I didn't really push today as I had a good overnight lead. There were no problems with my car. Obviously, I and Ashwin are happy to win the Overall title for the second year running,” said Ghosh who has 156 points that put him beyond reach of other competitors with a round to spare.

Newly-crowned Asia Pacific Rally champion Gaurav Gill (Musa Sherif) driving a XUV 500 in the SUV class also clinched the title in his category besides being the fastest driver in the K-1000 Rally for which he received the Star of Karnataka award.

“I pushed hard today as I was also keeping an eye on Karamjit Singh (participating in the IRC class in a VW Polo R2). He was faster than me by six seconds in the first Stage that suited his car better than my XUV. But I made time in the other two stages that were tight and twisty,” said the 31-year old Gill.

Emerging champion in the INRC 1600cc class was Arjun Rao (Satish Rajagopal) in a VW Polo as he pipped Phaliguna Urs and Anoop Kumar by just 1.4 seconds in a tight finish while Sirish Chandran (Nikhil Pai) of Slidways Industries came in third.

“I had some problems with my VW Polo almost throughout the event, but I managed to make time on Phalguna in today's first and second stages,” said Rao.

Suhem MK (Jeevarathinam) held his overnight position to win in the Junior INRC class comfortably while Aroor Vikram Rao (Somayya AG) was second and Rohan Pawar (Arjun Mehta) of Slidways Industries third.

Meanwhile, former World Rally champion Karamjit Singh (Jagdev Singh) from Malaysia, driving a VW Polo (R2) for Slidways Industries, without brakes, still topped the IRC class. He was forced to drift a lot more through the corners to scrub the speed as he put in a memorable demonstration of his driving skills.

Provisional classifications:

INRC Overall: Amittrajit Ghosh / Ashwin Naik (Cedia) 1 (1hr, 34mins, 46.6 secs); Rahul Kanthraj / Vivek Bhatt (Cedia) 2 (01:36:39.2); Prithvi Dominic / Pruthvi Sthal (Cedia) 3 (01:36:55.1).

INRC 1600cc: 1. Arjun Rao / Satish Rajagopal (VW Polo) 01:37:36.0; Phalguna V Urs / Anoop Kumar DS (VW Polo) 3 (01:37:37.4); Sirish Chandran / Nikhil Pai (VW Polo, Slideways Industries) 3 (01:37:45.1).

JINRC: Suhem MK / J Jeevarathinam 1 (01:40:49.7); Aroor Vikram Rao / Somayya AG 2 (01:42:45.6); Rohan Pawar / Arjun Mehta (Slideways Industries) 3 (1:44:54.4).

SUV NRC: Gaurav Gill / Musa Sherif (Mahindra Adventure Rally, XUV 500) 1 (01:30:56.3); Lohitt Urs / Bonnie Thomas (Mahindra Adventure Rally, XUV 500) 2 (01:35:24.5).

IRC: Karamjit Singh / Jagdev Singh (VW Polo R2, Slideways Industries) 1 (01:33:20.4); Sumit Panjabi / Prakhyath Shirole (Cedia) 3 (01:53:36.5).

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April 3,2024

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Mangaluru, Apr 3: Padmaraj R, the Congress candidate for Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency, today filed his nomination papers for the upcoming polls with the returning officer and deputy commissioner Mullai Muhilan at latter’s office in Mangaluru. 

He was flanked by DK district in-charge minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, MLC B K Hariprasad, district Congress president and MLC Harish Kumar and Puttur MLA Ashok Kumar Rai among others.

Prior to this, the young Billava leader led a procession from Kudroli Gokarnatheshwara temple to the DC office. The procession, which was flagged off by veteran Congress leader B Janardhana Poojary, passed through Car street, GHS road, Clock tower, and concluded at the A B Setty Circle.

Padmaraj is contesting against BJP’s Capt Brijesh Chowta in the Lok Sabha election scheduled for April 26 in Dakshina Kannada.

Addressing the people, Padmaraj vowed to end BJP’s communal and divisive politics in Dakshina Kannada. “I am committed to eradicate divisive politics from the district and fostering unity among people of all religious backgrounds,” he said. 

"Today I witness hope and expectations in the eyes of people gathered here. This proves that the message of the Congress party has reached the people,” he said adding that the advantages of having the Congress party in power are evident. 

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April 12,2024

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Bengaluru, Apr 12: The two men who allegedly plotted and executed the blast that rocked Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru last month have been arrested from Kanthi in Bengal's East Midnapore district, the National Investigation Agency said Friday morning. 

Mussavir Hussain Shazeb and Abdul Matheen Taha were caught after a joint operation by central intelligence agencies and police from Bengal, Karnataka, Telangana, and Kerala, and are en route to Kolkata, the anti-terror agency said in a statement.

The available evidence indicates Shazeb planted the explosive device, placed inside a backpack, at the popular eatery. Taha was responsible for planning the attack and for their disappearance.

These are the second and third arrests in this case; last month Muzammil Shareef, who extended logistical support to the Shazeb and Taha, was taken into custody.

Residents of Karnataka's Shivamogga district, Shazeb and Taha were traced to Kanthi after officials conducted searches at 18 locations across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and even Uttar Pradesh.

The blast at Bengaluru's Rameshwaram Cafe on March 1 injured 10 people, customers and staff.

Fortunately there were no deaths; the bag containing the explosives was placed in a relatively less crowded area and against a large pillar that absorbed the brunt of the explosion.

After the blast, the NIA released photos and videos of the accused, as seen on CCTV cameras across Bengaluru. In one such clip, the accused - wearing a face mask - was seen boarding a bus.

The agency had declared a reward of ₹ 10 lakh for information leading to the arrest of each accused. The agency had also questioned their acquaintances, including college and school friends.

The Rameshwaram Cafe, which suffered extensive damage after the blast, reopened eight days later, with enhanced security measures including metal detectors.

BJP’s reaction

The Karnataka BJP on Friday attacked the Siddaramaiah government after the arrest of two men by the NIA in the Bengaluru cafe blast case, saying that the terrorists were 'brothers' of the Congress.

Taking to social media, Karnataka BJP stated, “National Investigation Agency (NIA) detains ‘Brothers’ of Congress in Rameshwaram Blast case. Ever since Jihadi Tipu Sultan’s admirers came to power in Karnataka, terrorists have got a free ride.”

“Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s ‘Ease of Doing Terror’ Policies have prompted ISIS to now set up its shop in Karnataka. The only guarantee that CM Siddaramaiah has fulfilled is converting prosperous Karnataka into a terror hub,” the BJP stated.

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April 9,2024

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Mangaluru/ Bengaluru, Apr 2: Karnataka’s coastal belt some of the neighbouring areas will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on April 10, while rest of the state will witness the festival on April 11 due confusion over moon sighting. 

Muslim religious heads in twin coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi on the night of April 9 declared the end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal following reports of sighting of crescent moon. 

With this Eid will be celebrated on April 10 in the above region. Similarly, Muslims in Bhatkal and neighbouring state of Kerala too will celebrate the festival on April 10. 

However, Muslims in other parts of Karnataka will continue to fast on April 10 and celebrate the Eid on the following day due to non-sighting of moon in their region. 

The Karnataka Moon Sighting Committee chairman Moulana Maqsood Imran formally announced that the Eid-ul-Fitr in Bengaluru and areas of Karnataka will be celebrated on Thursday April 11. 

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