News headlines

by Shalmi Monteiro

July 22, 2007

Sunday July 15 brought with it some great news for the mentally challenged as a new school for them was inaugurated in the city. When it was good news for some, towards the weekend, there was some bad news. Three students from Tamil Nadu met their watery grave at the Panambur beach.

Not much time time had elapsed when another mishap took place. An Everest city bus plying on route no 4E between Merlapadav and State Bank rolled over into a gorge at Ontimara near here.

Meanwhile, there was some cheering news. The prestigious 'Konkani Kutam Bahrain Award 2007' was conferred on Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy president, Konkani activist, singer-music writer and organizer Eric Ozario at a colourful function held on Sandesha lawns on Friday July 20 evening.

Western Range IGP A M Prasad on Friday July 20 visited Chandrashekhar Gore's house where a group of 3 Naxalites had come a day earlier and instilled confidence among the locals by providing more security in the area.

Mangalore: ‘Saanidhya’ Centre for Mentally Challenged Opened

Mangalore: Three Students from Salem Drown at Panambur Beach

Mangalore: City Bus Plunges into Gorge - Eight Passengers Injured

Mangalore: Eric Ozario Conferred with 'Konkani Kutam Bahrain Award 2007'

Puttur: Mystery Shrouds around Naxals' Visit to Gore's House at Hatyadka

Bungalow Owners to be More Cautious

Thefts are on the rise day by day. These days we observe thefts taking place mostly in places of worship like churches, temples, mosques etc. Individual house are also being targeted.

Earlier, thieves used to burgle only the big bungalows. But in recent times we see temples being burgled and valubales worth thousand are stolen. Thefts have increased in the city and around as the region keeps developing. Besides the growing economic disparity between different classes could be causing such offences. 

Mangalore: Big Theft from Kottara House - Pics

Udupi: Theft at Barkur Temple - Loss of Rs 1 Lac

Rising number of deaths

As the birth rate in general is increasing, the number of deaths also seems to be on a steep rise during recent years.

This week saw many accidental deaths. What was alarming was the death of two persons by electrocution, caused by suspected negligence of MESCOM staff. During rains, due to lack of precautions, power flows into structures or material lying adjacent to the live wires and innocent people coming into contact with them die instantaneously of shock.

Immediate measures have to be taken in this regard to ensure public safety.

Kundapur: Woman Dies of Electrocution

Mangalore: Rag-picker Electrocuted at Kankanady - Pics

Alarming increase in flesh trade

The Kadri police busted two flesh trade rings this week. First was at Bikarnakatta, which was run by a former bank officer. The second was being run in a respectable apartment complex near Kankanady. What shocked the citizens was that while one was being run by an educated person, both centres were being operated in localities inhabited by respectable citizens, without the latter's knowledge.

There could be many such places. Also worrying is the fact that very young girls were involved in the trade. But they could have been trapped by others and forced into such circumstances. Once they get into it, there is no getting out. But so much is being made about the females who were caught, while, surprisingly, no word is being said about the males who support such activities. Social thinkers and activists should something about it.

Mangalore: Another Flesh Trade Joint Busted - 4 Arrested

Keep Surroundings Clean to Prevent Malaria

In order to control malaria an intensive campaign was launched at Bengre sand stretch which has over 1,000 houses, by the health department of Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) here on Thursday, July 18.

MCC has been doing its best to prevent people from contracting malaria. Malaria has affected lots of people over the years. Unscientific storage of water has been the root cause of its spreading. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes. Keeping one's surroundings clean is vital for public hygiene. It is every citizen's duty to ensure proper maintenance of one's environs.

Mangalore: Campaign against Malaria Begins in Full Swing

This week witnessed many mishaps. Hope the coming week will be peaceful one.

That’s all for this week. See you all next week.

Until then, it's goodbye.

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