Rain continues in parts of Karnataka; flood situation eases in coastal region

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September 22, 2020

Bengaluru/Udupi, Sept 22: Even though rains continued, the flood situation eased up in coastal, southern and central districts on Tuesday disrupting normal life, an official said.

Kodagu, Shivamogga, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru received 74 mm of rainfall during the last seven days against the normal of 39 mm for the same period, according to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).

The four districts have received 228 mm of rains for the period of September 1 to 20 against the normal of 114 mm for the same period.

Bhagamandala and surrounding regions in Kodagu – the catchment area for the Cauvery – continued to be battered by heavy rain as a result of which the volume of water in the river increased. The district received 64.19 mm of rainfall for the 24 hour period as against 66.75 mm of rain received on Sunday. Bhagamandala that bore the brunt of nature’s fury last month resulting in a major landslip, continued to receive rains for the third consecutive day.

The district administration was on its toes for the last 48 hours clearing roads blocked by fallen trees and uprooted electricity poles.

The outflow of water from the Harangi reservoir rose to the rate of 11,854 cusecs. The rate of inflow into the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir in the downstream region also increased during the last 48 hours. The water level in the dam was at 124.52 feet against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 124.8 feet. The outflow was increased to 50,000 cusecs from 40,000 cusecs on Tuesday.

Similarly, the inflow into the Kabini reservoir in HD Kote in Mysuru district was at the rate of 28,906 cusecs and the outflow at 35,000 cusecs. The water level in the reservoir was 2283.09 feet against the FRL of 2,284 feet.

Meanwhile, life in parts of the Malnad region continued to be hit by heavy rains. Landslips have occurred at Charmadi Ghat, where travellers had a tough time negotiating deep curves. Continuous rainfall also formed many waterfalls along Charmadi Ghat, prompting travellers to take a break for photos. Rivers are flowing in spate and the inflow at the reservoir has been on the rise.

The rain continued to lash different parts of Chikkamagaluru on Tuesday. The gusty wind uprooted several trees in the Malnad area.

A huge tree, which was uprooted, fell on the road at Kelagooru near Kottigehara blocking the vehicular movement. In Mathikatte, the roof of a house was damaged after a tree fell on it.

Meanwhile, there was a brief respite in the heavy rains that struck Udupi district. But floodwater has still not completely receded in many parts of the district and the full picture of the damages is yet to be known. The Udupi district administration on Monday ordered the temporary closure of Mala-Kudremukh Ghat (NH 169) connecting Karkala with Sringeri/Kudremukh for two days.

A temporary magisterial order issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi Jagadeesh said the ghat section had been witnessing landslips and tree falling since Saturday night following heavy rains. the DC said, adding no one was injured.

Since rain was continuing to pour and there was every chance of fresh landslips and tree falls, the road would be closed till Tuesday midnight, he said.

Meanwhile, district administration estimated suffered loses of more than Rs 100 crores in 2 days.

The district administration has started taking action against spreading of infectious diseases in flood-affected areas.

In many parts of Udupi district, it started raining again from Monday evening.

In Dakshina Kannada district, 32 houses and nearly 199.2 hectares of agricultural land were damaged.

The meteorological department has forecasted heavy rainfall over the next four days. Red, Orange and Yellow alert has been issued for September 22, 23 and 24 respectively in all the three coastal districts.

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October 31,2020

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Mysuru, Oct 31: The coldblooded murders of an NRI woman from and her two children have shocked a small suburb in South Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.  

37-year-old Seema Banu Syed, who hailed from Karnataka, her 11-year-old daughter Asfira Riza and 6-year-old son Faizan Syed were on Friday found strangled to death in their house in Llywellen Court in Ballinteer suburb of Ireland. According to the local police, the three are believed to have been killed around five days before their bodies were found. 

Local reports say the family had moved to Ireland less than a year ago. Seema's husband Sameer Syed was allegedly out of town and had been apprised of the incident, media reports said. The Syeds, who originally hail from Mysuru in Karnataka, had moved from Dubai to Ireland in February this year after Sameer got a job there.

The Dundrum Garda Station in Ireland said in a press release that a murder investigation has been launched after an autopsy was performed. The Irish media reported that the two children were found dead with ligature marks around their neck in one room of the house, while Seema Banu was found strangled in another. The Irish Police said to the local media that the murders occurred over last weekend.

Officers from the Armed Support Unit entered Seema's residence in South Dublin after her neighbours had complained to the police that the family had not been seen for a while. The killer allegedly left water running and had caused extensive flood damage, The Irish Times reported. "Gardaí (Irish state police) are continuing to interview witnesses, conduct extensive door-to-door enquiries and gather and examine all relevant CCTV,” the Dundrum Garda said in a statement. 

The Irish police had released a photograph of a person believed to have known the Syeds and sent out an appeal to report any information about the family or the person in the picture. The man in the photo appeared at the police station and news reports stated that he is allegedly cooperating with the Investigation. The 30-year-old man has now been put on 24-hour surveillance.

According to reports, Seema Banu was also a victim of assault in May this year and a case was registered with the Irish Police. The Irish Times reported that the accused in the case was due to report before a court in April next year for the hearing in the case. 

One among eight children to aged parents in Mysuru district, Seema's family has made an appeal to the Indian embassy in Ireland and Irish authorities, to help them with the repatriation of the bodies. The family told Irish website RTE that it would cost them close to Rs 15 lakh for the repatriation process and that they could not afford it. "We would be thankful for our lifetime if you could send our loved ones back to our family so we can see them one last time and do the last proceedings from our own hand. That would be really helpful," Seema's cousin Sufi Masood told RTE. 

The Indian Embassy in Ireland has also expressed shock over the incident.

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October 21,2020

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Mysore, Oct 21: The Karnataka government is preparing to re-open colleges for UG and PG students from next month and a decision on it would be taken keeping in mind the safety of students and teachers in view of COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan said on Monday.

Amid the uncertainty over reopening of schools and colleges, shut since the national COVID-19 lockdown began in March, he said a final decision on when to start the regular courses for undergraduate and post-graduate students will be taken shortly. At present, online classes are being conducted for the students.

"The government is preparing to start the offline graduate classes from November. Shortly a decision will be taken after discussing with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and other officials concerned," Mr Narayan, who holds the higher education portfolio, said.

He said the guidelines have already been issued by the Centre for re-opening schools and colleges and accordingly preparations were afoot. Conceding that there will be challenges galore and any hasty decision was uncalled for, Narayan maintained, "We have to ensure the safety of students and teachers. The virus is very much amidst us. Hence, we need to take the decision after much deliberation."

Mr Ashwath Narayan was talking to reporters after attending the centenary convocation of the Mysore University in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated through video conferencing.

The Deputy Chief Minister expressed his happiness over the 'success' of online classes, saying the digital learning and teaching has been going in the state beyond expectations. He asked students to take maximum advantage of it. On the new National Education Policy (NEP), he said the state government was gearing up to implement it in stages.

"The task force constituted to recommend the implementation of NEP has already submitted its first report. The new education policy will be implemented in a phased manner by 2021 after making all the arrangements," Mr Narayan said.

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October 25,2020

Mangaluru, Oct 25: Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) on Sunday announced that it will be spending Rs 21 crore to provide 20,000 tablets and 10,000 laptops among students.

Under the Yantrasri Yojana, farm equipment worth Rs 15 crore will be purchased and farming on 8,000 acres of land will be taken up, Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade said.

Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 53rd Vardhanthi celebrations at Dharmasthala, he said that under the Vatsalya programme, housing for the destitute and other necessary facilities will be distributed. Already, 10,400 destitute families have been identified and a sum of Rs 2 crore will be utilised for their welfare. Rs 10 crore has been set aside for the revival of 150 lakes in Karnataka.

"The work on a naturopathy hospital at Nelamangala in Bengaluru is in the final stage. Health services at the naturopathy hospital will be started at the earliest. The work on the extension of the Annapoorna dining hall, online booking of Sevas and extension of commercial complex at Dharmasthala, will also be taken up," he added.

He said that under the Dharmothana Trust, over 250 old temples have been given a new lease of life in Karnataka. A sum of Rs 14 crore has been given for the construction of 1,135 temples in the state in the past one year.

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