Covid-19 vaccine for staff of Mangaluru, Bengaluru airports

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January 23, 2021

Bengaluru, Jan 23: The Karnataka government said staff members at all airports across the state including Mangaluru and Bengaluru are considered as frontline workers of Covid-19 and are permitted for vaccination against the virus on priority basis.

Commissioner health and family welfare service, government of Karnataka issued a circular to this effect on Friday. 

The circular asks respective district health and family welfare officers to make necessary arrangements for the same.

They have been asked to ensure that all the staff members at airports received the Covid-19 vaccine as per the existing protocol.

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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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March 5,2021

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Mangaluru, Mar 5: Police have arrested seven students of two educational institutions in connection with two separate cases of ragging under the limits of Mangaluru City Police Commissionerate. 

In the first case four students third year engineering from Srinivas College, Mukka, were arrested on charge of subjecting their juniors to ragging and assaulting their teacher. 

The arrested are K U Shameel (22) from Mukka, Mohammed Bazil (22) from Baikampady, Sambhram Alva (20) from Mulky and Ashwith N Johnson (21) from Kalpane. 

According to police commissioner N Shashi Kumar, the accused had threatened, abused and behaved inhumanly with the junior students. On February 26, the issue was taken up in the anti-ragging committee of the college. After this development, two of the accused accused Shameel, Bazil and Sambhram allegedly assaulted a lecturer following an argument. On March 3, the college dean filed a police complaint against the four students.

In another case, three students were arrested in connection to an incident of ragging under Kankanady police station limits. The arrested are Mohammed Adil (20) and Mohammed Nizammudin (20) from Kannur, and Mohammed Riyaz (20) from Calicut.

It is said that nine junior students who were staying a rented room at Pumpwell Simon Lane, were ragged by the three senior students. The seniors who were staying in the hostel, visited the rented room of the junior students and repeatedly harassed them.

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February 24,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 24: Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, Year 2020 proved to be unique for Mangaluru based Anti Pollution Drive Foundation (APDF). While APDF reached out to hundreds of needy people with food and relief during Covid lockdown, the ongoing activity of building toilets for needy homes continued unabated. APDF, along with Hasiru Dala, attained success in its initiatives for providing welfare to waste pickers and bringing them into the mainstream of society. APDF-Hasiru Dala partnership also resulted in sustainable, result-oriented projects to provide long lasting solutions for healthy waste disposal. 

During the year, APDF launched a major initiative in advocacy and awareness by launching interactive online programmes to reach larger audiences. “Despite the dark mood of the times, 2020 will go down in history as the year that changed the world. As an environmental and social NGO, APD Foundation felt an instinctive need to respond to the crisis situation brought about by the pandemic in pragmatic ways and renew our commitment to society and the environment,” says Abdullah A. Rehman, Founder and CEO of APD Foundation.    

Covid Response

The Covid-19 global pandemic proved to be most challenging for all sectors of society. Infusing hope and responding proactively to the emerging situation was the need of the hour. APDF rose to the challenge and initiated a series of activities with increased humanitarian focus. In the month of April and May, Hasiru Dala and APDF set up a community kitchen and undertook a massive drive to distribute safety kits, medicines and food to about 200 migrant workers, homeless people and waste pickers every day in and around Mangalore.

After the lockdown was relaxed, PPE kits were distributed to 35 waste pickers to enable them to resume work and ensure their safety. APDF volunteers were constantly in touch with the affected communities throughout the six month period of lockdown and post lockdown to ensure their welfare. “This experience that we gained during the pandemic response gave us new perspectives to the human dimensions of our activities,” says Abdullah Rehman.

Toilet Construction Continues

Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project continued during the pre-lockdown and post lockdown periods. Under this project we provided free toilets to the needy families who do not have their own toilet. This year two toilets (10th and 11th) were constructed for the benefit of families residing at Urwa Store and Ashok Nagar respectively. The youth of the locality helped in the construction of the toilets and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta donated a part of the cost. Donation boxes were also placed at several public venues around Mangalore for fund generation for the project.

Solid Waste Management

The first Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC) was set up at Ullal as a model project in association with Ullal Nagara Sabha. Waste pickers were engaged in the collection of dry waste from bulk generators. It is proposed to establish similar DWCCs at other places in and around Mangalore. Initiative was also undertaken to commence working with Someshwara Panchayat about waste management.

Throughout the year Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to identify the hot spots for waste entering the water bodies. As a result of this survey, a campaign to prevent dumping of waste at Netravathi Bridge was formulated for launch in January 2021. A beach cleanup programme at Thota Bengre was undertaken on 26th of January with 120 volunteers from St. Aloysius College.

Policy Advocacy

Highlighting important issues and urgent needs as well as giving right feedback for policy formulation by the government plays an important role in democratic society. During the year APDF wrote an appeal to the Prime Minister to officially recognize healthcare workers who died on duty during Covid pandemic as ‘Covid Saviours’ and to give compensation and social security benefits to their families, similar to the practice of soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the country. 

APDF also responded to the Union Environment Ministry’s invitation to the public for giving feedback on the draft National Environmental Policy / Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). A detailed review of the draft policy was presented and numerous modifications and improvements were suggested. Articles based on a review of the policy were also released to the mass media to mould public opinion.  

Waste Pickers Welfare

Welfare of waste pickers continued to remain in focus throughout the year. Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to enumerate the number of waste pickers, sorters and scrap shops in and around Mangalore. Based on our initiative, Mangaluru City Corporation provided occupational Identity Cards to 156 waste pickers on Gandhi Jayanthi Day. This will pave the way for the waste pickers to gain mainstream recognition and a better future. Distribution of books and stationery was undertaken to support the education of waste pickers. Medical camp was held at Pachchanady. Monthly meetings were held for increasing their social security.

Adaptation to Online

With the world moving towards digital technology, APDF launched ‘APD Applied’, a unique talk show which is being hosted regularly on social media to promote sustainable living concepts and create awareness. A webinar was held with MCC to create awareness and discuss issues relating to waste management.

“We at APD Foundation are thankful to the numerous people who have supported us, especially the donors who contributed money and materials for Covid relief work. We are grateful to Hasiru Dala, a reputed Bangalore based NGO, for their continuous partnership with us, to Samvada, a youth-based NGO, who joined hands with us during COVID work and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta who gave their support for Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project,” said Abdullah A. Rehman.

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