Passengers stranded in Mangalore as bandh hits bus services

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March 3, 2014
Mangalore, Mar 3: The self-declared bandh against the implementation of Yettinahole project by the state government was largely peaceful in Mangalore city, with the exception of a couple of protests in front of the deputy commissioner 's office on Monday.

Barring hospitals, medical stores and a rare few establishments, the entire city came to a standstill on Monday in support of the call for bandh for the cause of saving the Nethravati river. Traffic on the roads was minimal and the city wore a deserted look till noon. Even commercial establishments and malls remained closed till 6 p.m.

Bus and auto-rickshaw services were stalled from dawn to dusk due to the bandh, although railway services were functioning normally.

Out-station passengers stranded in KSRTC bus stand

Due to the disruption of bus services, a horde of passengers were left stranded in KSRTC bus stand in the city, who were unaware of the bandh declared on Monday.

People such as Rekha, her brother and 5-year-old Akshatha who had arrived from Gadag, were stuck in the KSRTC bus stand since early morning as they were unable to travel to Kalladka in Bantwal taluk.

Relating her plight to a couple of reporters, she said that all the three had been waiting in the bus stand since 7 a.m. for the bus services to resume so that they could join her parents in Kalladka. “Luckily, we were able to have breakfast in the morning as soon as we arrived. But for now, we are stuck in the bus stand without any food. The auto-rickshaw drivers asked for Rs 1,000 to take us to our home near Kalladka. The only option is to wait till the evening for the buses to start running,” she said.

Bus drivers, who were also at the bus stand, told reporters that the government bus owners had decided to stop the bus services from 6 a.m. in view of the bandh to avoid untoward incidents. “It is safer for the passengers not to run the buses. We may resume our daily routes after seeing the situation at 5 p.m.,” he said, adding that upto 580 buses were scheduled from the Mangalore bus depot each day.

MLA distributes free lunch

As news of stranded passengers spread, members of Karavali Jeevanadi Nethravati Samrakshana Samiti led by former Congress MLA Vijaykumar Shetty arrived at the bus stand around noon.

Around the same time, local MLA J R Lobo arrived at the spot, and distributed lunch to the stranded passengers at the bus stand. Around 350 to 400 people from outside Mangalore city were provided with free lunch sponsored by the MLA.

Speaking to mediapersons, Mr Lobo said that the self-declared bandh was met with a good response from the citizens of Dakshina Kannada. “Though largely peaceful, the whole-hearted support to the bandh reveals the opinion of the people who are opposed to the Nethravati diversion project. A study has to be conducted before deciding to implement the project; I will therefore communicate this to the chief minister and ask him to reconsider his decision on the project,” he said.

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February 6,2023

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Mangaluru, Feb 6: The Mangaluru city police have released the CCTV footage of the suspected man involved in the murder of a staff at a jewellery shop in Mangaluru on February 3.

With the investigation in the murder in progress, the police have verified the footage recorded in the CCTV of the surrounding areas and have released the footage seeking information on the suspect.

Commissioner of Police N Shashi Kumar said that the suspect man had visited the shop in the guise of buying gold, later stabbed and killed the staff Raghavendra Achar who was alone inside the shop.

People having any details on the suspected man can be brought to the notice of the police. The informers details will be kept confidential. Any details on the suspected man can be brought to the notice of ACP CCB, Mangaluru City – P A Hegde 9945054333; ACP Central Sub Division, Mangaluru City - Mahesh Kumar -9480805320.

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January 24,2023

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Bengaluru, Jan 24: Conveying his "best wishes" to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday complimented him for fighting hatred and violence by spreading the message of harmony among people.

The JD(S) supremo has also expressed his inability to participate in the concluding function of the Yatra in Srinagar on January 30.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has invited leaders of several like-minded parties to join the concluding function in Srinagar.

In a letter to Kharge, thanking for the invitation, Gowda said, "It is appropriate that the function is being organised on the day the father of the nation (Mahatma Gandhi) attained martyrdom."

"I may not be able to attend the function in person, but my best wishes are with Rahul Gandhi. He is fighting hatred and violence and has walked 3,500 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir spreading the message of harmony among people.

Please convey my deep appreciation to him," the 89-year-old leader said.

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January 28,2023

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Udupi, Jan 28: The Parashuram theme park, with a 33-foot-bronze statue of Lord Parashuram, was inaugurated atop Umikal hill at Bailur in Karnataka's Udupi district by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Speaking after the inauguration on Friday evening in Karkala taluk, the chief minister said a masterplan will be drawn to promote culture and temple tourism in coastal Karnataka. Bommai said the coastal region has immense potential for attracting tourists and the government is chalking out a number of schemes to promote tourism.

The government aims to bring in overall development in the region by developing ports and roads. The government does not want to offer promises on packages, but is trying to improve the lives of the people, he said.

Bommai added that the inauguration of the park is historic as Lord Parashuram is said to be the creator of Tulunadu. He was brave and strong and received the blessings of Lord Shiva, the chief minister said. 

State Minister for Kannada and Culture V Sunil Kumar, who represents Karkala in the assembly, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Shobha Karandlaje who represents Udupi-Chikkamagaluru in the Lok Sabha, Fisheries Minister S Angara, MLAs Lalji Mendon and Raghupati Bhat and noted actor Rishabh Shetty were present on the occasion.

The Parashuram statue installed atop Umikal hill in Bailur, located by the side of National Highway between Udupi and Karkala, is already attracting thousands of tourists from various parts of the country. The theme park has a bhajan mandir, museum, open air amphitheatre, drawings depicting life of Lord Parashuram, audio-visual gallery and a restaurant. The park was set up by the Nirmiti Kendra in Udupi district.

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