Cops suspect kin’s role in burglary

District Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri has said that the role of acquaintances cannot be ruled out in Devi Gas proprietor Revathi Kumareshan’s house burglary case. 

Addressing the reporters in his office on Wednesday, he said that the police suspect that someone who knows the family background of Revathi and their financial turn over must have played a role in burglary but yet this has not been confirmed.

“The burglers gained entry into the house from the kitchen door, within 5 minutes after Revathi’s son left the house and the way in which they spoke to Revathi shows that the burglars had sufficient information about her family,” he said and added that further Revathi said that she never had a habit of keeping huge sum of money in the house. Since the burglary happened when the money was at home strengthens the suspicion that some acquaintance of the family has joined hands with the burglars.

However, SP said that since one of Revathi’s relatives is under the suspicion radar, a team of police have left to Bangalore to quiz him. 


SP sets deadline for taxis to change number plates

Taxis in the district which still use white number plates have been given time till December 15 to change it to yellow colour. There is no question of extending the period. If the owners fail to convert it into yellow board, then action will be initiated as per the law, said SP Manjunath Annigeri.

Addressing a press meet on Wednesday, he refuted District Vehicle Owners and Drivers Association’s allegation that transport department officials and police are harassing them while transporting labourers and students. “I have only tried my level best to implement Motor Vehicle Act in Kodagu.

To implement Motor Vehicle Act in the district, all the rented taxis should convert their number plate to yellow colour. Whether asking vehicle owners to follow the rules and regulation is harassment,” he questioned.

If police are harassing private vehicle owners, for reasons other than changing number plates, then let them file a complaint with me. I will initiate action against the officials concerned. I do not want to take away their livelihood. The taxes of the vehicle owners are being paid to the government and not to the police pocket, he added.

The SP said those taxi owners who fail to convert the name plate to yellow colour will have to pay Rs 720 fine once in three months.

As per Motor Vehicle Act, the transportation of passengers in taxis with white colour name board is illegal. In case of accidents, they will not get any insurance. Who will have to provide compensation to the poor who will be killed or injured in the accident, he sought to know.


Jeeps can not transport more than 5 persons. For violating the rules, 22 vehicles have paid a fine of Rs 5,000 in the court.

The RTO has clarified that to drive a taxi, one should have passed 8th standard. We will not extend the time for changing the number plate colour. Even if we give six more months, the vehicle owners will not change the colour.

He said only in Kodagu, Motor Vehicle Act is not being implemented. IGP (Southern range) has issued notices to SPs of Kodagu, Mysore, Hassan, Mandya and Chamarajanagara to implement the Act, he informed. 


National Marathon on Nov 27th

A national level marathon would be held here on this 27th, according to organizers.

Addressing a press conference here, president of the organizing cauvery education institution, Hosur Satish Kumar told that the 42 kilometer run for men will begin from madikeri. About 24 entries from all over India have arrived for the comprtition.

The deputy commissioner Ashwathnarayan Goda will inaugurate the Marathon at 7.30 at madikeri Field marshal Cariappa stadium on 27th. A ten kilometer run for the college students would be inaugurated by the president of the Cherambane gram panchayath president tottiyana Appaiah. President of the Chettimani Gram Panchayath, Chennapanda S.Shivanna will inaugurate 7.5 kilometer run for girls.

The winner will receive a cash prize of rupees fifty thousand . Later, winners upto sixth place will receive rupees thirty, twenty, fifteen, ten and five thousand as cash prize.

Prize distribution would be held at Bhagamandala the same day.

Dr.Bhaskarachar of kodagu cauvery Trust, Dr.Mohan Alva from Alvas education Trust, winner of Ekalavya award, B.Pramila Aiyyappa, DySP J.D.Prakash and others will take part.

Cauvery education institution director Sunil patrao, members of the organizing committee, Vitalachar, rattu nanjappa, K.S.Divakar, T.hemanth and Giridhar were present.

– ShakthiDaily

Political activities gear up for MLC election

Political activity heightens in Kodagu to snatch the lone MLC seat which will fall vacant.

With the declaration of election time table, parties have begun to eye at suitable candidates.

MLC S.G.Medappa, elected through local bodies would be vacating his post after a brief thirteen months term. Medappa from B.J.P was elected as the post fell vacant with the resignation of JDs MLC, Arun Machaiah. It can not be ruled out that Medappa may also look at re contesting.

The MLC local body elections are scheduled for December 18th. The declaration would be made on this 24th. Nominations could be filed on first of December. Scrutiny would be held on December second and withdrawal could be made on fourth.

Kodagu has 1389 local body votes. However, MP Vishwanath, MLC Shankarmurthy and Ganesh karmic are eligible to cast their votes here. But it is expected that they may vote at Mysore.

About 1238 Gram Panchayath members will cast their votes in Kodagu. About 11 town panchayath members from Somwarpet, 13 from Kushalnagar, 16 from Virajpet will also vote.29 Zilla Panchayath members, 49 Taluk Panchayath members, 39 City municipal council members from Madikeri will also vote.

Kodagu will have about 102 polling booths.

– ShakhtiDaily

DYFI for making State hunger free

Madikeri: The State unit president of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), N.L. Bharatraj, announced here on Tuesday that the DYFI would organise a convention in Bangalore on November 25 to urge the Government to make Karnataka a hunger-free State and check the rising prices of essential commodities.

He was speaking to presspersons here. The Government should provide rice/wheat up to 35 kg for every poor family at Rs. 2 a kg every month, Mr. Bharatraj demanded.

The DYFI would fight for more effective public distribution system, ensuring food security to the poor, restricting retail multinational chains, punishing hoarders, ensuring effective functioning of midday meal scheme, enhancing daily food allowance to students in SC/ST and BCM hostels, bringing down prices of petrol and diesel, taking up rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in the State and increasing the wage under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act to Rs. 150 by removing the 100-day cap, Mr. Bharatraj said.

Organisations such as the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane, Krishi Koolikarara Sangha, and Students Federation of India had extended support to the State-level convention, he added.

–  The Hindu

‘Men do cry’, says Bangalore’s men’s rights group

Bangalore, Nov 18 : As the world celebrates International Men’s Day Thursday, a Bangalore-based group wants an end to stereotyping male gender, and says men too get hurt, both emotionally and physically. The group is demanding justice for various social abuses against men.

“Men are always stereotyped. They are considered as perpetrators of injustice against women, they are supposed to take financial care of the entire family and not cry even in harshest of conditions,” Kumar Jahgirdar, a senior member of All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), formed to protect male rights, told IANS.

International Men’s Day is an international event celebrated Nov 19, every year. It was started in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and supported by the United Nations

The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on the health of men and boys, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.

According to statistics available with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 52,583 married men committed suicide compared to 28,188 married women in 2005, 55,452 married men committed suicide compared to 29,869 married women in 2006, and 57,593 married men committed suicide vis-�-vis 30,064 married women in 2007.