Fun, Joy, Entertainment Galore at FKCA Sports Meet

Arjuna Awardee A B Subbaiah

Bangalore: It was a day of fun, joy and merriment at the Sports Meet organized by Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations(FKCA) on on the very next day after Childrens’ Day at the St. Joseph’s Indian school ground in Bangalore on Sunday.

Arjuna Awardee A B Subbaiah, who has the rare distinction of representing Indian Hockety team for 11 consecutive years in more than 285 international matches, incluidng 2 Olympics, World Cup tournaments and 3 Asian games, declared the meet open early on Sunday morning.

Children and youngsters as well as adults and even senior citizens, but full of vigour and zeal as well as young at heart, representing different Konkani Catholic Associations from various parts of Bangalore participated in the fun-filled events which were full of competitive spirit.

It is pertinent to mention that Subbaih is presently coaching Indian Women’s Hockey Team as if to prove that women sports enthusiasts, even homemakers, do not bag behind when it comes to taking part in sports events.

The chief guest Subbaiah was all praise for the wonderful initiative taken by FKCA. He recalled that such events were regularly being organized in his home district of Kodagu with hockey competitions involving different families. The Hockey tournament was the main attraction and almost all the people participate. Such events surely boost the culture.

‘Desi Girl’ Competition, Highlight of KSC Bahrain’s Annual Day

Desi girl contest

Bahrain: The annual day of Karnataka Social Club (KSC) here, which was held through a function organized on Thursday November 19, at the Delmon Hotel, Poolside here, happened to be sober function held in family atmosphere.  It was well-attended.

The Club was founded in the year 1956 with an enthusiastic group of Mangaloreans.
To top it all, ‘Desi Girl’, a competition of traditional costumes, was held, in which approximately 20 contestants donning the local attires of Kodagu, Gujarat, Kashmir, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab and the colourful saris, took part. The winner was Gracy Pais, closely followed by Rochelle Dante in the second spot.
The members danced to the music till the wee hours the next day. The children of the Club members gave the glimpse of their tremendous talents, by presenting some exquisite dances to the tune of the dancing numbers.

Alleged Plots to Kidnap Businessmen – Police Arrest Six

country-made gun (nada kovi)

Managalore, Nov 22: Special police squad of superintendent of police arrested six persons for allegedly plotting to kidnap businessmen, NRIs and builders to extort money under directions by gulf-based anti social element Rakesh alias Althaf, said Gopal B Hosur, inspector general of police (western range) on Sunday November 22.  
Addressing presspersons IGP Gopal Hosur on Sunday November 23 said that the arrest has been a major milestone as far as the operations against the underground and anti-social elements by the district police are concerned. The arrested persons had planned to extort money from several businessmen leading to greater damage to the civil society, he added.

The arrested are Harish K M (38), B S Ashoka (34) Bopanna (20) A P Jagadeesh (24), residents of Kunjila village in Coorg district, Bopanna (25) and Rajesh (20), residents of Yevakapadi village in Coorg district. These were arrested near Shanthipalke under Mulki police station limits as they were waiting for the NRI business man to extort money. They had also planned to shoot him down if he refused to co-operate. They had rented a Scorpio to execute the plan, he added.

They had also planned to kidnap an NRI businessman, who had visited the city and participated in a function TMA Pai convention hall, recently. However the gang failed to execute the plan as there was a huge gathering at the venue. Further, in June, 2009, this gang planned to kidnap a builder named Mahesh from Bangalore, owner of Renown Hotels and Resorts, but again did not materialize as he cancelled his visit to Vijayanagar in Mysore, where the gang was waiting to execute its plan, said IGP adding that these plots were hatched under the directions of Rakesh alias Althaf.
The key accused Rakesh alias Althaf is involved in nearly 25 cases of kidnap and threatening people for hafta, while Harish K M is accused in a case under illegal weapons act registered at cotton pet police station in Bangalore, he said. Further detailed investigation is on to trace the other offences of all the accused, he said.
Necessary arrangements will be made to arrest gulf-based Rakesh alias Althaf, who escaped abroad after he was granted a bail in one of the cases.
A country-made gun (nada kovi), four bullets, Scorpio and four mobile phones were seized from the accused. Mulky Police will conduct the further investigations.
In-charge superintendent of police Ramesh and deputy superintendent of police Girish S were present.  


December launch for Madhyamik shiksha abhiyan in Kodagu

Madikeri: Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), aimed at expanding and improving the standards of secondary education, involving classes IX and X in the current year, will be introduced in Kodagu in December, according to information gathered from the Department of Education here.

The department has forwarded a proposal, involving Rs. 13.24 crore to be spent under the RMSA, to the State Government, which, in turn, has forwarded it to the Union Government seeking funds, a source in the Department has said.

The RMSA is expected to take secondary education to every nook and corner of the district.

Earlier, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was taken up by the Centre to popularise elementary education. Consequently, a need was felt for strengthening secondary education infrastructure in the country, the source said.

The programme aims to “universalise secondary education”. It would also ensure that no child was deprived of secondary education owing to gender bias, socio-economic conditions, disability and other barriers.

The vision is to make available quality secondary education, accessible and affordable to all in the age group of 14 to 16. The goal is expected to be achieved by 2017.

 -The Hindu