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Baby abandoned by mom at Udupi hospital in 1970 is now Swiss Parliamentarian!

Udupi: Around 47 years ago, a newborn baby was abandoned by his mother at Basel Mission Hospital in South Indian temple town of Udupi. Today, he is the first Indian born parliamentarian in Switzerland!

Unfortunately, neither Nik Gugger nor his foster parents know who is his biological mother and why did she abandon.

As the Basel Mission Hospital...

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Aysha Tanisha & Sabika Lobo

‘Secular parties should work out a strategy to prevent vote split’: An interview with A R Puthige

Abdul Rauf Puthige is a quite familiar name in Mangaluru. Son of a doctor-turned-cleric from Puthige locality in the temple town of Moodbidri, the 51-year-old ever-enthusiastic gentleman is a well-established realtor, social worker and philanthropist who gives priority to charity rather than publicity. His sudden entry to politics as the Karnataka state general secretary of Janata Dal (Secular)...

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Suprabha Joshi

Mango tree planted by Tipu Sultan 250 yrs ago falls; to be turned into artistic site

Bengaluru, Nov 18: “If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a sadaqah (charitable gift) for him,” said Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) nearly one-and-a-half-thousand-years ago. Inspired by this message, Karnataka’s 18th century legendary ruler Tipu Sultan pioneered the systematic tree planting in and...

Shaastra Bhat Urimajalu

Remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the visionary

On November 11 every year, India celebrates the National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a prominent freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India, who played a crucial role in synthesizing Muslims and Hindus of the country by exposing the divide-and-rule policy of the British.

In the independent...

Aysha Tanisha & Sabika Lobo

Meet Dr Priyanka PV who teaches management subjects artfully

"Relentlessly chase your dreams. Think out of the box. Work in a way that success follows you through your actions. Work hard. Work silent."

Wording and trotting along these lines is Prof. Dr Priyanka P.V, who went on to become an icon in the area of teaching. Being a passionate educationist, professor, mentor and a guide, she set a...

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No Hajj flights from Mangaluru Airport from 2018?

The Hajj operations from Mangaluru and a few other Indian airports are likely to be stopped, at least temporarily, as a fresh Hajj Policy drafted by a ministry of minority affairs committee has explicitly recommended reducing the embarkation points for the pilgrimage from 21 to nine.

The five-member panel appointed by the by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led union...

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Rivalry among Mangaluru Salafi groups quenches media’s thirst for ISIS story

Mangaluru, Oct 4: A controversial voice message by the leader of one of the coastal Karnataka-based Salafi groups has sent shockwaves in the region after local media gave massive coverage to the 11-minute clip in which the speaker apparently discouraged his followers from joining another Salafi splinter group and claimed that its members dress like ‘ISIS’ terrorists.

The audio...

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Now Saudi women may drive thousands of NRI drivers out of the kingdom

King Salman’s recent decree that grants driving licenses to women in Saudi Arabia may snuff out the livelihoods of tens of thousands of NRI ‘house drivers,’ including those from Karnataka and Kerala. The royal order will officially come into force from Shawwal 10, 1439, corresponding to June 24, 2018.

Even though the international media hailed the...

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Krishna’s continued association with Cong led to I-T raids on Siddhartha’s firm?

Bengaluru: Less than two months after the Income Tax department’s marathon raids on the premises of Congress leader D K Shivakumar, another tycoon from Karnataka has fallen prey to the central government’s powerful agency.

Non-NDA political parties often accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of using I-T department and Central Bureau of Investigation for political vendetta. Interestingly, this time...

Felicia Sequeira

Meet Carol Menezes – Mangaluru’s engineer turned makeup artist

Make-up is an art in itself; an expression of creativity, its beauty in all its splendour. It's a love affair with colours, hues and shades. Despite the criticisms about how it makes a person’s look very deceiving, it possesses the power by giving you possibilities to transform your look temporarily, offers an experience to be a different version of...