Oven blast claims life of food products factory owner in Udupi

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August 10, 2020

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Udupi, Aug 10: A powerful explosion at a food products factory at Mabukala near Brahmavar in Udupi district claimed the life of its owner yesterday.

According to sources, the blast occurred at Furtado food products factory when bakery products were under preparation. 

The victim has been identified as Robert Furtado (53), who owned Furtado food products factory.

The intensity of the blast was such that the door of the oven was ripped open. Unfortunately, Robert was standing near the oven. His body was torn into pieces as the oven door smashed him hard. 

Jurisdictional Kota police have registered a case. Investigations are on.

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September 17,2020

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Udupi, Sept 17:  The Pejawar Mutt pontiff Vishwaprasanna Tirtha Swamiji has demanded a strong anti-cow slaughter law in Karnataka.

In a letter to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the seer said the existing law is weak.

The weak law led to many cows being slaughtered every day and they suffer during their transportation to slaughterhouses, he said.

"For the safety of cows and to stop their slaughter in the state, we demand a strong anti-cow slaughter Bill to be introduced in the Assembly and brought into effect," the seer said in the letter.

The Assembly session is starting from September 21 amid the coronavirus scare after a gap of almost six months.

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September 26,2020

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Udupi, Sept 26: A huge crack has appeared on the newly built bridge across River Souparnika at Arate village in Kundapur taluk of Udupi. According to eyewitnesses, broken steel rods were visible through the gap.

After the construction of the new bridge, vehicles travelling from Byndoor to Kundapura were allowed to travel on the new bridge and those travelling from Kundapur to Byndoor on the old bridge. In the wake of the cracks on the new bridge, two-way traffic has now been arranged on the old bridge.

“Kundapura police restricted vehicular movement on the new bridge (carriageway from Karwar to Udupi) and diverted the vehicles on the old bridge at Arate-Hosadu,” said Police Inspector Gopikrishna.

The nearly 1-km-long bridge was built during the four-lane work of national highway 66 between Kundapura and Goa border.

IRB West Coast Tollway Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure that undertook the project in 2014 on BOOT basis, is yet to complete the four-lane work.

Residents along the highway stretch had been alleging substandard work in the execution of the project from the very beginning.

It was in 2011 that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) proposed the widening and upgrading of the existing NH 17 (renaming it as NH-66). It was meant to reduce traffic, fuel consumption and accidents, and save time.

It was also claimed that the construction of the highway would bring development in all areas it passed through and led to economic growth of the region.

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September 16,2020

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Mangaluru, Sep 16: The office of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (Administration) in Mangaluru will not be shifted to Goa, according to Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyas Kamath.

The statement comes following widespread opposition to the reported move of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to abolish the office of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax in Mangaluru and merge it with the office of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Panaji.

Speaking to media persons in the city today, the MLA claimed that there was no such proposal by the CBDT.

"The I-T office in Mangaluru has a principal commissioner, and so does the I-T office in Goa. There is a proposal to combine both the designations and appoint one principal commissioner. Under the circumstances, only the position of principal commissioner of Mangaluru may get shifted to Goa. But the news that the entire office in Mangaluru is getting merged with the office in Goa is far from the truth," he said.

Mangaluru, which is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district, is a commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare and start-up hub.

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