New top cop visits Mangaluru Bishop

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January 12, 2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 12: N Shashi Kumar, the new Commissioner of Mangaluru, paid the courtesy visit to Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha the Bishop of Catholic diocese of Mangaluru on 12 January 2021 at the Bishop house.

Bishop felicitated the new Commissioner with a bouquet of flowers and blessed him.

Both spent time along with diocesan curia in discussing about the history of Mangalore diocese, bishops who served the diocese, the prominent churches and educational institutions in Mangalore diocese. 

The Bishop also explained the historical background of St Joseph Vaz Shrine Mudipu, the paintings at St Aloysius college Chapel Mangalore etc. He assured of visiting various churches in Mangalore.

The commissioner also showed interest in visiting various churches in Mangalore diocese.

Msgr Maxim L Noronha the Vicar General, Fr Victor George D Souza, the Chancellor, Fr Victor Vijay Lobo and Mr Ronald Castelino PROs of the diocese, Fr Richard DSouza the Director of Canara Communication Center , Hariram Shankar, IPS ,DCP (Law & Order) and M. Jagdish, ACP - Central Sub-Division were present.

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January 17,2021

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar inspects COVID-19 vaccination  arrangements at Manipal Hospital

Bengaluru, Jan 17: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday inspected the COVID-19 vaccination arrangements at Manipal Hospital on the second day of the program.

"I have inspected the arrangements here and I am satisfied with them. They are conducting the vaccination as desired by the government guidelines," Sudhakar told the reporters here.

Responding to a question regarding 62 per cent turn-out on the first day in Karnataka, he said, "We had official functions on the first day which delayed the vaccination drive by sometime. And, of course, people normally have some apprehension on the first day. So, I think 62 per cent is a good turn-out."

"A lot more facilities are being provided on the second day. Today, they are confident to achieve the target of 70 to 80 per cent," he added.

He also promised all the technical glitches related to the Co-Win app would be sorted out by Monday.

Sudarshan Ballal, the director of Manipal Hospital, took a jab of the vaccine on Sunday said that the vaccine is safe, efficacious, and has a good side-effect profile.

With a rise of 584 fresh covid cases, the total tally in the state today stands at 9,31,252.

Karnataka reported four fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death toll to 12,162. It reported a total of 676 discharges on January 16, pushing the overall count to 9,10,377.

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January 24,2021

Shivamogga, Jan 24: A team of police officials, led by Eastern Range IG S Ravi which is probing into the blast incident that claimed the lives of six persons at Hunasodu village near Shivamogga, has discovered that people with political influence have been operating the racket of illegal trade of explosives in the district for the past several years.

A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said the people, involved in the trade, have been bringing explosive materials, including gelatin sticks, dynamites, ammonium nitrate and detonator, in lorries in huge quantities from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other states to the city and selling them to owners of stone crusher units and stone quarries at a profitable price. These facts came to light during the investigation of the accused, the police officer said.

The officer also stated that teams have been set up for the transport and the distribution of explosives. They used to bring more than 10 tonnes of explosives at a time in lorries and park them in the quarries for distribution to the owners. 

Later, they used to send them in jeeps to owners of crusher units depending on their requirement. The local youths who have knowledge of explosives used to transport them, he explained.

On blast incident, he said 18 persons were in stone crusher unit at Hunasodu village late on Thursday night. Around three tonnes of explosives had been brought in lorries to the site. 

They had loaded the explosives in jeeps and some had left the spot and the others had gone for dinner. The blast took place when six persons were loading explosives in another jeep and all of them died, he added.

The investigation officers have suspected that electric short circuit might have triggered a blast in the site.

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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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