Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Photo of the Week

Beautiful stage setting...great photo

(photo by Janardan Kodavoor, Venue: Kannada Pustaka Pradhikaara Program at Udupi)

28.06.2009: K'taka bids adieu to Rameshwar Thakur

(photo/ report: Mangalorean)
Bangalore June 28, 2009: The Governor of Karnataka Mr Rameshwar Thakur was accorded a grand farewell by the state government today. Mr Yeddyurappa thanked him for guidance and cooperation. Mr Thakur was seen off at the airport by the Chief Minister and his Cabinet Colleagues. Mr. Yeddyurappa also felicitated Thakur with Mysore peta and garland.
Mr. Thakur earlier received a guard of honour at the Raj Bhavan. Talking to reporters before leaving to the airport, Thakur said he had a good time in Karnataka, and was leaving with a heavy heart. He said Karnataka has developed a lot over the years, and hoped it will strive hard to bring overall development.
Thanking the CM and people for the cooperation received from them during his tenure here, he said: "It was, indeed, a good experience and exposure to elevate my intellectual standard,'' he said.


ತುಳು ಅಕಾಡೆಮಿ ಸಮ್ಮಾನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರ : ಅತಿ ಉತ್ತಮ ಪ್ರಕಾಶನ ಬಹುಮಾನ ವಿತರಣೆ...

ರೈತ ಮೋರ್ಚಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ
(ಚಿತ್ರ ಕೃಪೆ: ಜನಾರ್ದನ ಕೊಡ ವೂರ್ )

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ban on CPI Maoist movement...when left is not on the right path...

State Home Minister V S Acharya on Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to ban the CPI (Maoist), declaring ait as a terrorist organisation, reports DHNS from Bangalore.

“We welcome the Centre’s move. It will help the State to book cases against those involved in Naxalism under the Unlawful Activities Act. The Centre should have done it long ago,” he said. Acharya said the State Government would not only announce a package to rehabilitate surrendered Naxals but also come up with a development blueprint for the Maoist-affected regions of the state.Acharya told reporters that his government was in the process of finalising details of the package, which would end nearly two-decade-old Naxal menace in the State. He, however, refused to divulge details.The government wants to bring those involved in Naxal activities in to the mainstream and completely root out the menace from the State. “So far, the results have been very encouraging. Some of them (Naxalites) have already come forward to surrender,” he said.Asked whether the government would initiate legal proceedings against those who surrender, Acharya said he did not want to reveal any details about the package in the State’s interest. “We are on the verge of ending the Naxal movement and we are confident at this stage that it will be ended,” he added.Naxalism started in 1992 with the Appiko movement. Many members of the then Karnataka Vimochana Sangha turned into Naxalites. But unlike other Naxal-affected States, the movement did not get the peoples’ support. Karnakata was not in the list of seven Naxal-affected states, he said. (Deccan Herald)

Earlier Posts: Ignore "Naxals", Human Rights activism?, Media glorification of anti social movement, ನಕ್ಸಲರಲ್ಲ, ಪುಂಡರು , ಡೋಂಗಿ ನಕ್ಸಲರು - ಭೂ ಕಬಳಿಕೆ, ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ಮಿತ್ರರು

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Adopt new technologies to detect cyber crimes: Acharya

Photo:Star Of Mysore
Terrorism is the toughest challenge before the police, says the Minister
MYSORE: Home Minister V.S. Acharya on Thursday advised police personnel to adopt new technologies to detect cyber and white-collar crimes which are posing a major challenge to the force. “The police need to be equipped with skills on using state-of-the-art technologies to probe cyber crimes,” the Minister said. Reiterating the Government’s resolve to modernise the police force, Mr. Acharya called upon newly recruited police officers to make use of technology and also encourage other officials to follow suit.
Addressing the 28th batch of 13 gazetted probationers, including five women probationers, who successfully passed out from the Karnataka Police Academy (KPA) here after completing an yearlong training, the Minister said terrorism was the toughest challenge before the police.
Of the 13 gazetted probationers, 11 are deputy superintendents of police (DySPs) and two are deputy superintendents of excise (DySEs).
Referring to rise in the incidences of communal disturbances, Mr. Acharya urged the officers to establish committees at police station-level in their jurisdiction for maintaining communal harmony. Rise in crime against women and children had become a matter of grave concern which police officers should address on priority, he said. Special attention should be given to protection of minorities and Dalits.
Mr. Acharya also asked the officers to focus on intelligence network. “Keep your eyes and ears open. You have big responsibility on your shoulders,” he said. The Minister also urged the officers to be law abiding and serve society and nation selflessly without giving room for any complaint. He promised to discuss the proposal on increasing allowances for officers of the Karnataka Police Academy with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
In his address, Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh said that it was the most memorable day for the probationers and advised them to remember the oath administered to them throughout their life.
“You are starting a new chapter in your life... Be sensitive towards common people, especially those from the weaker sections, otherwise it will not serve the purpose being in the police force,” he said. Mr. Singh urged the officers to lead a clean, disciplined and honest life.
Additional Director-General of Police (Recruitment and Training) S.T. Ramesh wished a bright career to the probationers. KPA Director A.M. Prasad said the objective of one-year training was to transform the police from “power-oriented force” to “service oriented”. Senior police officers of the State attended the function. Family members of the gazetted probationers witnessed the passing-out parade.

Picture of the moment!

A story from Karnataka Police Academy

MYSORE: At 27, Anitha B Muddannavar had a comfortable job. The MBA graduate
was commercial manager at a private bank that allowed her to operate out of plush chambers. But that was not what she wanted. Aspiring to make it to civil services, she was studying when she bagged a job with the Karnataka Police. On Thursday as she passed out with 12 other DySP probationers from the premier Karnataka Police Academy(KPA), the 28-year-old's passion for adventurous life was revealed. The sportsperson, Anitha has stood first in both rifle and revolver shootings during the 52-week training, first by woman trainee in recent years. Herein hangs a tale: Since her college days, Anitha has had a flair for an adventurous lifestyle and has represented Karnataka in Republic Day parade. She has won accolades for her shooting skills during her NCC days, a gift that fetched her top honours at the passing out parade. Daughter of Bheemappa and Kumkuma Devi from Dharwad district, Anitha quit her lucrative job to join as DySP with the Karnataka police. She wanted to be a civil servant but her passion was always adventure, Bheepamma, a retired executive engineer, explained without being surprised at her daughter's achievement. Anitha's parents and her close relatives were there to witness the event as home minister V S Acharya presented her with the trophies. Anitha's colleague S L Channabasavanna too has a story. He was serving as commercial tax officer, a job that is not as demanding as the cop. Still, he put in his papers and joined the police as DySP. Interestingly, of the 13 gazette probationers, four are engineers, two have post graduation to their credit and another is a veterinary science graduate. Of the 13, two are excise DySPs including Moses Samuel, who is an engineer. After they took the oath of policing, DGP Ajai Kumar Singh told them to understand it and follow it. "Always be people-oriented'', he told them. Acharya asked them to maintain dignity and gave them a pep talk in policing. "Terrorism is a major challenge now and you are the one who will be leading from the front in the fight against it'', he said. Communalism, attacks on socially and physically weak communities are the other challenges that the minister referred to when he asked them to follow the law. ADGP (recruitment and training) S T Ramesh, KPA director Ashit Mohan Prasad and deputy director Rajendra Prasad spoke.
Karnataka Police Academy

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Fire & Emergency Service Department outpost at Malpe Harbour Inauguated...

Inaugural of the office of Udupi MP, D V Sadanand Gowda

Photos by Janardan Kodavoor

Monday, June 15, 2009

14/15th June events in photos

ಮಣಿಪಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶೇಷ ವಯಸ್ಕ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ವಸತಿ ನಿಲಯ ಆಸರೆ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆ
ಉಡುಪಿ; ಜೂ,15. ಮಣಿಪಾಲದ ಮಾಧವ ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಣಿಪಾಲ ವಿಶ್ವ ವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಮತ್ತು ಅರ್ಚನಾ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟ್ ಜ೦ಟಿ ಆಶ್ರಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾದ ವಿಶೇಷ ವಯಸ್ಕ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ವಸತಿ ನಿಲಯ ‘ಆಸರೆ’ ಇದರ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆಯು ಸೋಮವಾರ (ಇ೦ದು) ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಉಡುಪಿಯ ಪೇಜಾವರ ಮಠದ ಕಿರಿಯ ಯತಿಗಳಾದ ಶ್ರೀಶ್ರೀ ವಿಶ್ವಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಸ್ವಾಮಿಜಿಯವರು ನೆರವೇರಿಸಿದರು. (GulfKannadiga) / Click here for TOI report

Photos by Janardan Kodavoor

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What is your opinion on this?

ತನ್ನ ಸೆಲ್ ಫೋನ್ ಅನ್ನು ತಾನೆ ಉತ್ತರಿಸುವ ಡಾ ವಿ ಎಸ್ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ಅವರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೀಗೆ ಬರೆದರೆ ಏನು ಹೇಳಬೇಕು?

Monday, June 8, 2009


Govt keen on amending Moolageni Act: Acharya: MANGALORE: The draft of Moolageni Abolition Act has been prepared and the official discussions are on to bring amendments to the draft, said Dr VSA. Responding to the pleas of Moolageni Okkalu Rakshana Vedike members at the convention held here on Sunday, Acharya said the problem related to the moolageni (permanent tenancy) of non-agricultural lands has been unresolved for years as it was not brought under the orbit of the Land Reforms Act. However, the state government was committed to solving problem as promised in the BJP's election manifesto during the assembly elections, he said. Favouring an amicable settlement for the problem, he said the state government was thinking of issuing absolute title to the moolageni tenants and sufficient compensation for the moolageni right holders. Hence, various forms of moolageni problem have to be resolved. So, it may take 6-8 months for the government to bring a legislation in this regard, he said. Pointing out the possibilities of the Act being questioned in the court of law, he said the state government was contemplating fixing the compensation at 200 times more than the tenancy rent that the moolageni right holders enjoy. A high compensation rate may help the government defend itself in the court, he said. Acharya said the state government will amend the law to remove restrictions on non-agriculturists buying agriculture lands. (TOI/Pic: Mangalorean)
Udupi: 10,000-km-long roads to be upgraded in State: Udupi June 7: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the Government had decided to upgrade 10,000-km-long roads in the State. He was speaking at the “janaspandana”, mass contact programme of Udupi hobli at Tenkanidiyur here. Dr. Acharya said that the roads to be upgraded included State Highways, Zilla Panchayat Roads and rural roads. The Government had implemented 80 per cent of the promises made in the budget. As many as 100 permanent unaided private colleges would start functioning in the State this year, he said. The Government had earmarked Rs. 15 crore for the development of city municipal councils (CMC) and Rs. 10 crore for the development of town municipal councils. “The Government has provided Rs. 30 crore for Udupi CMC alone,” he said.
He directed the officials to formulate plans for prevention of floods in Udupi district as monsoon had set in. They should prepare proposals for the next year’s budget as well, Dr. Acharya said.
MLA Raghupati Bhat urged the Government to ensure distribution of below poverty line (BPL) ration cards to 7,000 poor families in the district. The Cabinet sub-committee set up by the State Government should consider making Brahmavar and Byndoor in Udupi district as taluk headquarters, he said. Dr. Acharya distributed certificates and bonds to beneficiaries of various schemes.(The Hindu)
Udupi: Home Guards need more facilities - Acharya
Kollur, June 7: Karnataka Home Minister V S Acharya today opined that Home Guards serving the people in all government activities be provided with facilities on par with the state police. Delivering the valedictory address at the one-day state reorientation workshop of the Officers of Home Guards at the temple town here, he said the Home Guards, like the state police were eligible for accident and other benefits. He assured that he would discuss this issue with Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa soon. He also complimented the Home Guards unit in the state for rendering remarkable service during the recent Lok Sabha election. Director General of Police, Home Guards Jija Madhavan Hari Singh, in his address called upon the Home Guards to make use of the vehicle training programme taken up by the department. (Mangalorean)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

06.06.2009: ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ, ಉಡುಪಿ

ಮಾತೃ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ 4ನೇ ದರ್ಜೆಯವರೆಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಪಡೆಯಲೇ ಬೇಕು:ಸಚಿವ ಡಾ.ಆಚಾರ್ಯ
ಉಡುಪಿ:ಜೂ,6.ಮಾತ್ರ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ 4ನೇ ದರ್ಜೆಯವರೆಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಪಡೆಯಲೇಬೇಕು. ಜನತೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದತ್ತ ಆಕರ್ಷಿತರಾಗ ಬೇಕೆ೦ಬುವುದೇ ಸರಕಾರದ ಆಶಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಯು ದೇಶದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಡೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಡಿನ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳು ಸಹಕಾರಿಯಾಗಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಹೋಬಳಿ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಹ ಇ೦ತಹ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ ನಡೆಸುವುದರೊ೦ದಿಗೆ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಯನ್ನು ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ ಎ೦ದು ಸಚಿವ ಡಾ.ವಿ.ಎಸ್.ಆಚಾರ್ಯರವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿ ದರು.
ಅವರು ಶನಿವಾರದ೦ದು ಉಡುಪಿ ಸಮೀಪದ ಕೊಡವೂರು ಶ್ರೀಶ೦ಕರ ನಾರಯಾಣ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಷತ್ತು ಇದರ ಆಶ್ರಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಸಲಾದ ತಾಲೂಕು ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ ಉದ್ಟಾಟನೆಯನ್ನು ನೆರವೇರಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು.

Kannada should be the medium of instruction from class one to four. The Government had decided to approach the Supreme Court on this issue.English could, however, be taught as one of the subjects from class one, he said. The Government was giving priority for promotion of Kannada. The State budget had allocated Rs. 190 crore for the Department of Kannada and Culture, Dr. Acharya said.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cabinet Meeting: Highlights

Home minister V S Acharya said *transfers would be minimum until the transfer policy is framed. * Delegation of powers of handling group C and D employees' service-related matters to department secretaries concerned. This will avoid delay in redressal of grievances on civil service matters. * Recruitment approved of 4,056 guest lecturers to pre-university colleges and 2,581 guest teachers in high schools. * Honorarium of Rs 1,000 increased for 15,000 daily wage employees working in various departments. * Release of Rs 5-crore grant okayed to Kolar milk union, which is expanding its unit with investment of Rs 65.70 crore. * Request will be sent to President Pratibha Patil to permit the state to continue with practice of tahsildars issuing caste certificates for SCs/STs. Supreme Court has sent a directive that only sub-divisional magistrates shall have powers to issue caste certificates. * Recruitment of 28 teaching staff approved in Mysore Medical College to enhance existing intake of students from 100 to 150. The government will approach Medical Council of India to enhance intake from the 2010-11 academic year. * tax concessions upto Rs 80 crore for a three year period to Toyota Kirloskar, which is expanding its manufacturing facility at Bidadi on city outskirts

State on alert The government has sounded a red alert based on inputs from the Centre that three armed LeT men have infiltrated into neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. "We received information from the Centre on Thursday morning. The department has asked all police stations to be on their toes,'' Acharya said. The North-East insurgents arrested in Bangalore will be handed over to the Assam police, he added. (TOI)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sex-crime news 'damaging our society'

Mishandled media coverage of sexual violence/crime encourages sexist social attitudes and criminal activity, say speakers
=The media's improper reporting of sex crimes had led to a phenomenon of ''sexual adversity''
=It is worrying that society was being subject to daily news reports of sexual violence, as if it were a common occurrence.
=''The journalists may feel they are doing their job well, reporting fast and intensely. But they forget that it may destroy the victims' dignity,''
=''We're in a society where humans are commercial goods. Humans make news. And yet we don't care what happens after the news is published,''
=''If we continue to accept that into our culture, sexual adversity will never end.''
Counter Point by Sociologist on the loose:
I think the problem is that these crimes are occuring at all. To say that we should not talk or report these crimes revictimizes the victim - first, because she was assaulted, and second, by implying that it is something that she should not talk about since by doing so, she is somehow being unpatriotic. It is violating the victim. The correct attitude (and about 200 years of research bears me out on this) is (1) have extensive education initiatives so society understands that a crime against a woman is a crime against society. It is not in any way the victim's "fault," and not because of how she dressed or spoke or whether she was in a pub or in the street at night. In fact, societies that cover their women up the most and have the highest restrictions over women, also have the highest rates of violence against women. These crimes are about power and subjugation, and the more women are subjugated, the more these crimes increase. It is very similar to bullying - unless you stand up to the bully, the bully never stops. (2) We should, as a society, support victims. Allow them to speak and share their experiences. In all countries, including western countries, the vast majority of women have experienced some kind of molestation and violence. The only way we can deal with this issue as a society is to discuss it, and make very clear that as a society, we find it completely objectionable (no ifs or buts)to in any way enter a woman's (or man's) space without explicit permission. (3) To say that talking about it somehow will reduce our "dignity" is wrongheaded. It is the ostrich policy of burying our heads in the sand. All women, all over the world, experience violence. The most informed method of dealing with this issue is education and discussion and information. Not secrecy.
Let the debate begin!
Related News:
Commendable job by Udupi Police: prevents unauthorized leak of sensitive information
ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ಸೆನ್ಸಾರ್ ಎಂದರೆ ಹೀಗೆ: ಚೈನಾ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ !/ Media block: Chinese style!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Visit to PMO, Delhi

BANGALORE/NEW DELHI, JUNE 2, 2009: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Mr Yeddyurappa greeted Dr. Singh on assuming the office of the Prime Minister for the second successive term. The PM on his part assuring all his cooperation for development of Bangalore and Karnataka also inquired about the infrastructural problems with the Chief Minister. He also promised him a full scale meeting concerning the problems of Karnataka after the Budget Session with the state. The CM made a special request for making available fertilisers to the state to enable the farmers to take up post-monsoon cultivation activities and to allocate power from the Central quota for the state to overcome power shortage.
A delegation led by Mr Yeddyurappa also called on Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and several other ministers and discussed various proposals pending with the centre for long time.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

ಓದುಗರೊಬ್ಬರ ಪತ್ರ...

ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಲಿಯಲು /ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋದ ಭಾರತೀಯರ ಮೇಲೆ ಹಲ್ಲೆ ನಡೆಯುವಾಗ ನಮ್ಮ "ಮಾನವ ಹಕ್ಕು" ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಕರು ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ?
ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದಲೋ ಬಂದು ಸತ್ಯ ಶೋಧನೆ ಮಾಡುವ / ಪಬ್ ಭರೋ ಎನ್ನುವ ರೇಣುಕ ಚೌಧರಿ ತನ್ನ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲ್ಲೆ ಆಗುವಾಗ ಏಕೆ ಬಾಯಿ ಮುಚ್ಚಿ ಕುಳಿತಿದ್ದಾರೆ?
ಮಟಮಟ ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ ಶಾಲೆ ತಪ್ಪಿಸಿ ಪಬ್ ಗೆ ಹೋದ ವರಿಗೆ ತರಾಟೆಗೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಾಗ (ಪೆಟ್ಟು ತಿಂದವರು ಇನ್ನೂ ದೂರು ನೀಡಿಲ್ಲ!) ಮೊರಲ್ ಪೋಲಿಸಿಂಗ್ ಎಂದು ರಂಪ ಮಾಡಿ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೆರೆದ ಡೋಂಗಿ ಮಾನವ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಕರು, ಪೀತ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯ ಮಾಲಕರು ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಆದೇಶದ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಂಧನವಾದಾಗ/ ಪೊಲೀಸರ ಮೇಲೆ ಪುಂಡರು ಹಲ್ಲೆ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಂಡರೆ ಗಲಾಟೆ ಎಬ್ಬಿಸುವ Transparency International/ PUCL, ಅನುಮತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಸಮುದ್ರ ತೀರದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾರ್ಲಿ ಚಾಪ್ಲಿನ್ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸ ಹೊರಟಾಗ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರ ವಿರೋಧವನ್ನು ಅಪಹಾಸ್ಯ ಮಾಡಿದ ಬುದ್ದಿ ಜೀವಿಗಳು ... ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಯಾರು ಯಾರಿಗೋ ಚಡ್ಡಿ ಕಳಿಸಿದ ತೆಹೆಲ್ಕಾದ ನಿಶಾ ಸೂಸನ್ ....ಈಗ ಎಲ್ಲಿ?

For some Page 3 newspapers(!), pub attack/moral policing/sending unsolicited undergarments to others/ Charles Chaplin statue in Baindoor become front page news for days together, but attack on Indian Students in Australia is Page 6 news!
(letter by one of the blog readers Satish Kuntikaana, edited)

ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯ ಆರಂಭ...