Miffed by lover’s betrayal, girl ends life

A 23-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming poison in Kolagadal near Cherambane on Thursday.

According to police, the deceased, Kusuma, took the extreme step after she came to know about her lover’s relationship with another girl. Kusuma was living in with her lover, Ganesh, said police.

On Thursday, she confronted him over the issue and in a fit of anger she consumed poison in the presence of Ganesh. Ganesh rushed Kusuma to her mother’s home and from there to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Police registered a case based on a complaint filed by Kusuma’s brother and arrested Ganesh. Ganesh has been remanded to judicial custody.

-TOI

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New policy will centralize sand extraction

Following the instruction of Karnataka high court, the state government has announced new sand policy. “It will require three months to implement the policy. The sand lease contracts have been extended till September in Kodagu district,” said M R Ravi, Kodagu assistant commissioner.

According to the new policy, the sand extraction and distribution system will be centralized through the department of public works. A committee will be formed under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner and deputy director of the department of mines and geology as its member secretary to identify sand deposits in the district. The committee will notify them after getting clearance from the government.

The department of public works will issue permits for sand extraction, transportation, storage and disposal. The department will also establish check posts to regulate sand transportation in the state.

During the financial year 2010-11, Rs.17,59,250 was collected as fine from illegal sand dealers.

-TOI

Panchayat to fine plastic bag users

The Pollibetta panchayat has decided to impose fine on merchants and public who use plastic bags from August 1.

The panchayath had banned plastic in August, 2010.

“If a person is found using plastic bags, he\she will have to pay Rs 300 as fine for the first time. Second time offenders will be fined Rs 500,” said panchayat president Kuttanda Nanda. “The panchayat has no place to dump plastic wastes. It is because of that we had taken the decision to ban plastic bags,” the president added.

– TOI