Defeated Taluk Panchayat candidate’s door-to-door visit

UDUPI : It would be nothing surprising if a winning candidate in an election makes a door-to-door visit to thank the voters and to hear their grievances.

Indian cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates off Oman

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) In yet another instance of Somali pirates striking at will in the Indian Ocean, an Indian cargo vessel with 14 crew members was hijacked by the sea brigands off the coast of Oman, officials said Wednesday.

37% of women in Qatar smoke

As much as 37% of women in Qatar smoke, said the Chairman of the Qatar Cancer Society Dr Khalid bin Jabor al-Thani in his lecture on Cancer – the Silent Killer at the Iman Independent Higher Secondary School for Girls in Doha recently, according to a report published in a local Arabic daily.

Dubai’s showpiece DSF events from Jan 20

Spectacular fireworks at Burj Khalifa Boulevard and Dubai Creek Park will herald the opening of Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 (DSF) on January 20. The 16th DSF, which is sure to attract residents and visitors to 32 days of festivities, shopping and surprises, will feature international shows, concerts, shopping promotions and raffles prizes worth millions of dirhams.

Heavy rush for Makarajyoti darshan in Sabarimala

The holy hillock of Sabarimala witnessed unprecedented rush as the influx of pilgrims to the sacred grove turned out to be heavy on Wednesday. The police have blocked the vehicular traffic at Plappally on the main trunk road to Sabarimala from Wednesday morning in an effort to ease the human pressure at the pilgrim centre.

16,500 trees face the axe on NH17

Udupi: Hundreds of trees which earlier stood majestically on either sides of National Highway 17 providing it with a green cover are now a thing of the past, thanks to the four-lane work of the Surathkal-Kundapur stretch, which is progressing rapidly. Many of these trees were over 100 hundred years old. Yet these trees are being felled for the widening of the National Highway 17, which to say the least, is the artery of Udupi district.

Man dupes Mumbai Dabbawalas through website

Mumbai: The Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police has arrested a software engineer for allegedly stealing foreign contributions meant for the famous Mumbai Dabbawalas.

Philippine police arrest man over Dubai jobs scam: paper

DUBAI - Philippine police have arrested an Emirati man over a recruitment scam in which Filipinos were tricked into paying large fees for non-existent jobs in Dubai, according to UAE daily The National.

Passenger held after plane bomb threat in Jordan

AMMAN - Passengers aboard a Fly Dubai airliner at Amman international airport were evacuated on Monday after a passenger who reportedly works as a co-pilot made a bomb threat, a Jordanian security official told AFP.

Yesudas carried on a palanquin at Alva’s Virasat 2011

ROSES ALL THE WAY:Playback singer K.J. Yesudas being taken in a palanquin at the Alva’s Virasat 2011 where he was felicitated at Shobavana at Moodbidri on Tuesday.

Local News in Brief - Encourage sports in rural areas: Ballal

Udupi: The Third Udupi District Gamaka Kala Sammelan will be held at Sri Bhuvanendra College in Karkala on January 15. Convener of the Udupi District Gamaka Parishat D.R. Panduranga told presspersons here that during the conference, Gamaka artistes would recite selected portions of “Vikramarjuna Vijaya”, “Kumaravyasa Bharata”, and “Jaimini Bharata”. Scholars would give commentaries on them.

Small packages: China embraces capsule hotels

China has followed Japan’s lead in the capsule hotel market, amid an explosion of leisure travel in the world’s most populous country. The first capsule hotel in Shanghai opened at the weekend, less than a month before the Spring Festival holiday, when hundreds of millions of people crisscross the country to celebrate Lunar New Year with their families.

Veg theft Thieves put onions, garlic on list of ‘valuables’

For vegetable vendor Abdul Ghani, it perhaps came as no surprise, when on Monday morning he opened his shop near Harurgeri Kaman, only to find four bags of onions and garlic worth Rs 25,000 missing.

21kg of gold up for grabs at DSF.

"Bag of Fortune", the 32-day mega campaign starting from January 20, offers jewellery customers a chance to win 21 kilos of gold worth Dh3.5 million through raffle draws.

Electric buses to ply the roads of the UAE

These buses run up to 160 km on a single charge, according to the developer and manufacturer. Dubai: DesignLine Corporation, USA, the developer and manufacturer of electric and hybrid vehicles, has appointed Liberty Automobiles as the exclusive dealer for its electric and hybrid buses in the UAE.

Arab expat threatens suicide on radio over visa

Dubai: A young Arab expatriate spoke out on a live radio show, about his urge to commit suicide after failed attempts to get his family to Qatar for the past three years, according to the The Peninsula. The young man gave his name as Abu Adil and said he was 33 years old and was born in Doha. Calling in the program ‘Good Morning, Qatar!’ of Qatar Radio he said: “I have been submitting all required documents to obtain family visa since 2008, but in vain.”

Ganguly a victim of politics: Somnath Chatterjee

Mass support poured in from all quarters for city’s star son and former India captain Sourav Ganguly as more effigies of Shah Rukh Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders were burnt in the streets here today after all the 10 franchises had rejected the iconic cricketer for IPL IV.

KSRTC introduces multi-axle Volvo buses to Mumbai

Passengers can look forward to travelling in increased comfort from Mangalore to Mumbai as the Mangalore division of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has introduced long chassis state-of-the-art Airavat club class Volvo multi-axle buses on Monday.

Born on train, girl is named Mamata Banerjee

Karnal: A girl child born on a moving train has been named Mamata Banerjee! That’s right, after the railway minister. The girl was delivered on board the Barauni Express train between Kurukshetra and Karnal stations Saturday, with a handful of women travelling on coach S-9 volunteering to help in the delivery of the child in the absence of any medical aid on board. "We have decided to name the child Mamta Banerjee since she was born on the moving train. We are very happy at her birth," Dayanand, father-in-law of Aarti, who was travelling with her on the train, said Monday.

Sensex tumbles: investors lose Rs 5 tn in 5 days

Mumbai: Investors’ stock market wealth has plunged by nearly Rs 5,00,000 crore in five straight days of trading, as the market continued its downslide today with a 468-point plunge in the benchmark Sensex.


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