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by Shalmi Monteiro

May 13, 2007

The week started off well. A ceremony of mass marriage took place in the Rosario church where 17 couples were united, while Harshith Kharvi of Kharvi Kheri in Kundapur set a new record by swimming a distance of 25 km with his hands and legs bound in chains. Meanwhile, a musical show was held at the Kalaangann amphitheatre at Shaktinagar by young and talented singer Lulu Fortes from Goa joined by her husband Philip who recreated the magic of Lorna. On the other hand Bishop announced the annual list of transfers of priests of Mangalore.

Mangalore: It's Mass Marriage Time at Rosario Cathedral as 17 Couples are United

Kundapur: 12-year-old Harshith Kharvi on 'Shabaash India'

Mangalore: Lulu Fortes Re-creates Chris-Lorna Magic at Kalaangann

Mangalore: Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza Announces First List of Priestly Transfers

The University College (formerly Government college) will be renovated and the number of courses will also increase. The main aim of the college is to provide best education to poor students or acquire degree at affordable cost. At the same time the old student association of the college will be renamed as University College Mangalore Alumni Assoiation.

The government is working hard to improve the backward sections of the society. To promote literacy it is introdcing more  government schools and colleges. By involving the alumni association in the renovation of the bulding, it is bringing the the past students closer to the college. This will also help in setting good example to other affiliated colleges under Mangalore university. Many students cannot afford education because of the high cost and other expenses, but now the government is giving a helping hand to the students by introducing such courses at a affordable prices. This will help the students to acquire the best education.

Mangalore: University College to have New Infrastructure

Corporation Bank Officers' Organization (CBOO) condemned the arrest of Laxman Shetty for allegedly assaulting the staff of Nagarjuna by Padubidri police station.

Setting up of the Nagarjuna Power Plant has been creating a lot of problems from day one. Many people are against the project, apprehending losses. The project will create job opportunities to a large number of people as well as generate the power 24X7. It will attract more industries because of the uninterrupted power supply. On the other hand people will lose acres of lands for this purpose. It will also affect the environment by way of smoke emission from the plant. As the waste will be released into the sea the marine life will be affected, in turn affecting the fishing industry, say its antagonists. There is a suggestion to shift the project to Hassan. But shifting it to Hasan will not help in any way. Even there the land has to be acquired. More than all, water will not be as freely available as it is in the coastal areas. Further, there is no guarantee that people there will agree to give their lands to set up the project.     

Mangalore: ‘Shift Nagarjuna to Other Place’ - CBOO

Dravidian University in Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh will offer MPhil and PhD degrees in Tulu which is quite impressive.

Though Telugu is the local language of the people residing in Andhra, this University is offering degrees in Tulu. What Mangalore university has not done so far is being done by the Kuppam university with its initiative to start such courses in Tulu and in Kannada too.

This proves how a university from outside the state is giving importance to one of our languages. This will also go a long way in exchangig ideas, programmes etc between Mangalore and Andhra's university. It would also help in promoting good relationship between the two states.

Mangalore: Kuppam University to Offer MPhil, PhD in Tulu

Corporation Bank tied up with Mumbai's dabbawallas in order to offer banking serices to their clients and customers.

By signing a contract with the dabbawallas, it is another initiative of the bank to reach out to the needy customers. This will make life easy for the clients. The dabbawalas, who are very well known for delivering tiffin boxes to a larger section of the society, will supply lunch to the clients and customers of the Bank.

By doing so, they would save the time as well as travelling and other expenses for the clients. The bank will offer banking facilities to the dabbawallas. So far no bank had done this and this will benifit the dabbawallas as well as the clients and customers.

Mangalore: Corporation Bank Ties up with Mumbai’s Dabbawallas

A newborn baby boy was found abandoned by the Kayipalla river banks in Markanja village in Sullia taluk.The child was in good health and was found sleeping.

Usually we see that a child is abandoned when it is a girl. But a baby boy abandoned certianly indicates it was illegitimate. It was obvious that it was abandoned to evade the consequences. But its parents could have donated it to any orphanage or someone else interested in adopting it. It was quite sad that the child was abandoned and exposed to all kinds of hazards.

Sullia: Newborn Baby Found Abandoned

The last three days proved to be a nightmare for 600-odd subscribers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) served by Baikampady exchange of the company. The ongoing work on the four-lane project between Kulai and Suratkal has left these subscribers without telephone connections. 

Every now and then the BSNL customers face various problems on account of the poor quality cables used. Now that the road construction work is going on, the cables are getting damaged. Further, the delay in completing the work has prolonged their sufferings. BSNL being the largest provider, larger sections of the people are affected and also it will take a longer time to sort out and shift the cables.

The authorities should have made suitable arrangements in advance so as to cause minimum inconvenience to the people. On the other hand it is the responsibility of the people to cooperate with the administration, as they may continue to face the problem for two days or for a week. The work going on is for the benefit of the people and not the government.

Mangalore: Highway Project Affects Telephone Connections

The district government hospital which was once considered the best hospital is now neglecting the patients by not taking their utmost care, say the patients.

We see that many government-run hospitals are now taking things lightly. Many patients are being neglected, and are being treated carelessly. The main purpose of any government hospital is to serve the patients and treat them well. But most of the hospitals today give priority to money.

Be it government-run or private, what matters for them is money. Money plays an important role anywhere these days. If the patient is from a rich family, he gets a very good treatment' if he is from a poor family, the treatment is just the opposite. If this is going to continue, the mortality rate could rise.

Udupi: District Government Hospital – Out of Reach for Patients?

Despite opposition from a few sections of the society, the eviction drive initiated by Udupi deputy commissioner V Ponnuraj to vacate many petty shops by the roadside in Udupi has been well appreciated by many.

It is good to see that our coastal area is being developed. Roads are playing a major role when it comes to development.

If roads are being constructed, improved or widened, it is in the interests of the people and not for the government. But one should also keep in mind that the shopkeepers are given enough compensation or new shops are built for them.

Paradoxically, when the roads are made better and smooth, the accident rates will increase in the city. If roads are bad then everyone will drive carefully. So it is the responsibility of the people to protect and save the lives of their own and of others too.  

Udupi: Eviction of Roadside Shops Welcomed - Drive to Continue

Otherwise, it was a quiet week.

So, see you next week!

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