Popular UAE restaurant group 'Eat and Drink' owner V P Abdulla dies in Kerala

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June 18, 2019

Dubai: V.P. Abdulla Mahmood, the owner of popular Indian restaurant chain in the UAE ‘Eat & Drink’ died in his hometown in the south Indian state of Kerala on Monday.

A senior company executive told Gulf News that Abdulla, 62, was under treatment for cancer in the US and India for the past six months.

“He and his wife Zainaba were back at home in Kozhikode. He was admitted in Aster MIMS Hospital yesterday after his condition worsened. He passed away around 5pm today (Monday),” said Nishanth Arippoovil, HR manager of the group.

The couple has two daughters and a son, all of whom are UAE residents. Nishanth said all family members had flown to Kerala to attend the funeral of Abdulla on Tuesday.

Established in 1982, the Eat & Drink group emerged from humble beginnings to become a renowned name in the restaurant and catering industry in the UAE. The group currently has 40 branches and more than 1,000 employees.

Offering condolences for his death on social media, several community members in the UAE remembered Abdulla as a man who supported the community in various ways apart from the jobs that put food on the table for several families in the UAE.

Back home, Abdulla was the managing editor of Malayalam newspaper ‘News Kerala’. He was the chairman of CBSE school ‘Sapphire Central School’ and managing director of some other business establishments in Kerala.

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Mangaluru, Jan 4: A local office of Social Democratic Party of India at Vittla in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district was allegedly set on fire by unidentified miscreants. 

The incident, which might have taken place last night, came to light today morning. The office, however, did not suffer any major damage. 

It is suspected that the miscreants attempt to burn the party office. A portion of the front door of the office was reportedly damaged due to the fire. 

Local police conducted the spot investigation and recorded statements of the local leaders of the SDPI. The party has blamed political opponents for the incident.

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January 5,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 5: Authorities have sounded alert following reports about outbreak of bird flu in the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala, Karnataka Minister for Health Dr K Sudhakar said on Tuesday.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said " I have asked the Health officers in the border districts to be alert".

Replying to a question on a few teachers and students infected with Covid-19 after the reopening of schools and colleges, he said that "there was no need to panic, schools and colleges are functioning properly and children have started coming. People have to cooperate for the academic progress of the students.

Dr Sudhakar said that the government was on high alert and if all students and teachers get infected, then there is an improved medical system in place in the State.

On UK returnees, he said 37 of them have tested positive for Covid-19. Ten among the 37 who returned from the UK were found to be carrying the mutant of coronavirus. Seventy-five UK returnees have not yet been traced, the Minister said.

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January 9,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 9: The Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board, set up by the Yediyurappa government last year, has now launched two new schemes -- 'Arundhati' and 'Maitreyi' -- to provide monetary benefits to brides from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

According to the Board, the first scheme, Arundathi, will provide Rs 25,000 to Brahmin brides while the second scheme, Maitreyi, will assure a bond of Rs 3 lakh to Brahmin women who wed priests in the state.

"We have received the approval to launch the schemes - Arundhati and Maitreyi - and funds have been set aside. We are in the process of chalking out the procedures to avail these funds. This is part of our efforts to assist weaker sections of the community," said board chairman H S Sachidananda Murthy, BJP leader.

He further said that the money will be deposited in 3 instalments, and the fourth year, the women will get money with interest if the marriage last for four years, BJP leader said.

To avail the benefits, applicants have to certify that they do not own five or more acres of agricultural land, a residential flat that is more than 1,000 sq ft, that they do not belong to backward classes or scheduled castes and that the family income is below Rs 8 lakh per annum.

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