State-run school in DK grows, sells jasmine to pay for teachers

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July 4, 2019

Bantwal, Jul 4: With the collective efforts of students and staff, a government lower primary school in Ojala village of Bantwal city grew jasmine to raise funds for its two guest teachers.

"As we are unable to pay a sufficient amount to our guest teachers due to lack of funds, we started planting jasmine in 2013. We sell jasmine flowers to raise funds for the two guest teachers," said the headmistress of the school while speaking to ANI.

"The amount collected by us would be paid to the guest teachers to support them financially," she added.

In the recent past, guest teachers in Karnataka had protested against the government, highlighting the issues being faced by them. They stressed that the government has failed to pay them their salaries on time and recruit them as permanent teachers despite the shortage of teachers in the school.

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September 11,2020

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Udupi, Sep 11: A 24-year-old girl lost her life and a few others suffered critical injuries in a ghastly road mishap which occurred on National Highway 66 at Kaup in Udupi district today.

According to sources, the car in which the girl was travelling from Mangaluru to Udupi jumped over the road median and rammed into an electric pole when driver lost control over the vehicle.

The victim has been identified as Ashrita Saldanha (24), a resident of Mangaluru. Though she was rushed to a private hospital after the mishap, she breathed her last without responding to any treatment.

The driver of the car, identified as Nihal, also suffered grave injuries in the mishap.

Unconfirmed sources identified the other passengers on board as Anish, Atharva, Ravi Saxena and Ninad. The condition of three among them is said to be critical. All of them are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

The impact of the collision was such that the electric pole was uprooted and the car was completely mangled.

Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, sub-inspector Rajashekara B Saganoor and crime sub-inspector I R Gaddekar visited the spot. A case was registered at Kaup police station and investigation is on.

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September 22,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 22: In a bid to dig deep into the drug mafia's roots in the state, the Internal Security Division of the Karnataka Police had till Tuesday interrogated more than 67 persons. They include Kannada actor, Yogesh, known as Loose Maada, and cricketer and brother of noted film actress Prema, N. C. Aiyappa who were questioned on Monday.

On Tuesday, the ISD also summoned TV stars Abhishek Das and Geeta Bhat.

Speaking to news agency, ISD ADGP Bhaskar Rao said, "Our angle of investigation is entirely different from that of the ongoing investigations by the Bengaluru police. We are looking into aspects of whether this has drugs-hawala-terrorist links."

He added that the ISD had interrogated more than 67 persons so far including actors, TV stars and others. "Our jurisdiction is the entire state and we need to keep track of these events in order to keep track of so many issues. Be it hawala, drug mafia besides terrorist links," he explained.

The department has served notices to several small screen stars. It is confirmed that the drugs scandal also involves people from television and several actors and actresses from this field have been served with notices asking them to be present for questioning.

Actor Yogesh and an employee of a private TV channel were questioned on Monday, it is learnt. Yogesh, as per sources, was addicted to some substances when his opportunities started dwindling several years back but he claimed that he does not have any contact with any drug peddler now.

It is being said that Loose Maada and actress Ragini are friends and have attended some parties together. Two TV artistes, Abhishek and Geetha, have been asked to be present for enquiry on Tuesday.

It is said that cricketer Aiyappa, brother of actress Prema and a small screen actress from Kodagu were questioned by ISD officials on September 19 from morning to evening.

Meanwhile, whistleblower Director Indrajit Lankesh has demanded the handing over of the drugs case to the Central Bureau of Investigation for a proper probe.

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September 17,2020
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Mangaluru, Sept 17: BJP Karnataka president and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday said the party would work to make Dakshina Kannada district free of drug menace and the sand mafia.

Addressing party workers after inaugurating a blood donation camp organised as part of the 'Seva Saptah' marking Prime Minister Narendra Modis 70th birthday, he said under the previous Congress rule, law and order had collapsed and mafias on the rise in the district.

He alleged that the district had witnessed a series of crimes, including murders, assaults and cattle thefts, under the Congress regime. Congress legislators were also backing the sand mafia, he said.

He further said since the BJP government took over in the state, no communal violence was reported in the district.

The violence over the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was contained within no time, he said.

Kateel said the BJP government has succeeded in preventing crimes and is striving hard to check the drug menace. Attempts are also being made to free the district of plastic, he said. MLAs Vedavyas Kamath, Bharath Y Shetty and city Mayor Diwakar were among those present.

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