M-Friends plays Good Samaritan once again; performs last rites of Shreedhar

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January 13, 2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 13: Parameshwarai, a 39-year-old woman from Bhatkal was helplessly crying with 3-year-old child clinging to her in front of the ICU of the Government Wenlock District Hospital in the city.

There was no one to console the child and the mother as latter’s husband Shreedhar, who hailed from Davanagere, had breathed his last in the hospital. The mortal remains were still lying in the ICU. There was no family members. 

The plight of the woman finally came to the notice of M-Friends Charitable Trust, which has been serving the poor in Dakshina Kannada district for past few years. The M-Friends members regularly serve food to the attendants of poor patients at Wenlock Hospital in the city as part of their ‘Karunya’ scheme. 

They called the ambulance from ‘Friends for Poor’, another charitable group and transported the mortal remains to Hindu mortuary at Nandigudde in the city and made necessary arrangements for the cremation. 

Parameshwarai-Shreedhar couple had been working as labourers in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district. Around eight months ago, Shreedhar fell ill. He used to vomit after having meals. However, he continued to work and last month the duo found a new job at Kavalkatte in Dakshina Kannada. On January 1, 2021, when his health condition worsened, he got admitted to the Wenlock Hospital, wherein he was diagnosed with throat cancer. After two weeks of treatment, Shreedhar breathed his last. 

After realizing the helplessness of Parameshwarai, the staff of the hospital brought the issue to the notice of M-Friends. M-Friends general secretary Rasheed Vittla, members Mohammad Topco, Haris Kanattadka, and staff Ashfak and Shuhan from S K Caterers were present till the end of the last rites.

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January 17,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 17: In view of creating awareness to restore the beauty of beaches in Mangaluru, like minded organizations congregated at Bengre Beach for a Bengre Super Sunday on 17th January.

The event was conceptualized and organised with a view to create awareness among the various stake-holders of Mangaluru about the situation of our beaches which are suffering due to rampant littering across Mangaluru.

Inaugurating the event, Akshay Shridhar, IAS, Commissioner, Mangalore City Corporation, congratulated the organizers for envisaging such a programme and expressed the need to stop littering at the source itself.

Chief Guest, B.M. Prasad, Commandant, 7th Battalion, Karnataka State Reserve Police. He along with his team of Reserve Police demonstrated a disciplined and energetic show of fitness regimen. He also spoke on the need of the hour being cleanliness and commended the efforts of the team BoskyOrb who were committed to cleaning Bengre Beach.

The Guest of Honour for the event Ms. Mona Roat, IAS Probationer 2019 Batch, voiced her concerns on the issue and remarked that cleanliness should be inculcated as a habit.

The Bengre Beach has been methodically and diligently cleaned on a regular basis by a group of about 20 girls from the Bengre area. This was 92nd consecutive day of continued cleanup. The team was honoured for their hard work and commitment.

Also gracing the occasion was Raghuveer Souterpete, District Officer, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, who spoke on the need for reducing the creation of wastage and litter in our beautiful city of Mangalore and to help keep our city clean and green. The event was compered by Mithun Kakunje, President, Mangalore Surf Club.

The event was planned and led by  Raghuveer Souterpet, District  Youth Officer, Nehru Yuva Kendra, who brought together Team BoskyOrb (a team of youth who undertake beach cleanups from past 92 days ), Mangalore Surf Club (a surf school which teaches surfing and in addition has conducted multiple beach cleanups), Zuese Fitness who conducted fitness activities, We R Cycling and Mangalore Cycling Club who came Cycling up to the venue, Abhisaran a Non-Profit Organization which has been conducting CPR workshops, Surf Life Saving India who also conduct CPR Training among others. 

In addition about 100 members of the KSRP attended the event. All of these organizations got together with about 400 members in total combined strength and took part in the cleanup drive.

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January 20,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 20: A large number of Congress workers and farmers on Wednesday descended on the city to protest the contentious farm laws of the Centre and condemn the hike in fuel prices.

Commuters faced a harrowing time due to traffic snarls caused by agitations at various places. Elaborate security arrangements were made in view of the anti-farmers law protests called by the Congress and roads barricaded.

Following a call given by Congress state chief D K Shivakumar to lay siege to the Raj Bhavan here, party workers arrived from various parts of the state.

They have planned to stage protests and later submit a memorandum to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Before heading to the protest venue at freedom park, Congress state chief D K Shivakumar accused the state government of stopping the protesters from reaching the state capital.

"I have been receiving calls saying the police have been stopping farmers and Congress workers since last night," Shivakumar alleged in a video message. He appealed to those who were prevented from proceeeding to the city, to hold protest by blocking the highways.

"Reach the Bengaluru Railway station and we all shall lay siege to the Raj Bhavan," he added.

Meanwhile, the BJP ridiculed the protests and alleged that the Congress, which had been responsible for the farmers' suicide throughout its regime, was staging a drama by opposing the pro-farmer laws introduced by the Centre.

"Farmer suicides would not have escalated if you had been pro-farmer, isn't it?" the saffron party asked in a tweet.

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January 15,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 15: Customs officials at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Friday arrested two people and seized gold worth about Rs 1.09 crores from them.

Official sources said on Friday that based on intelligence and profiling of passengers, customs sleuths intercepted two people identified as Faizal Thotty Melparamba (37) and Mohammad Shuhaib Mugu (31), both hailing from Kasargod, Kerala and had arrived from Sharjah by an Air India flight.

When a personal search of both the passengers was carried out it was found that the duo had concealed the gold in paste form in their underwear. A total of 2.154 kg of gol of 24k purity valued Rs 1.09 crores was recovered.

Customs Commissioner, Imamuddin Ahmed and Joint Commissioner Joannes George, congratulated the customs team led by Praveen Kandi, Deputy Commissioner, and officers Srikanth K, Superintendent, Subhendu Ranjan Behera, Superintendent, Naveen Kumar, Superintendent and others, for their vigilant action in catching the smugglers.

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