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Mandya: In a shocking incident, a 9th standard boy pushed a girl, who is two years junior to him, from a thrid floor building for allegedly spurning his love, in Mandya. The incident which occurred on March 16 has come to light now. The girl who has suffered severe injuries is battling for her life at the hospital. It is alleged that the boy had been professing his love for her for the past one year. But the girl had never reciprocated. Allegedly, frustrated over this, the boy pushed her from a third floor building in an attempt to kill her.

Tumakuru: More than 60 people travelling in a bus had a providential escape after the driver suffered heart attack while driving. Thankfully, the driver showed presence of mind and managed to halt the bus in the nick of time, thereby saving the lives of the passengers. The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Nagaraju, a resident of Madhugiri.  

Tumakuru: Food poisoning at Vidyavaridhi International School in Huliyaru, Tumakuru district has claimed one more life totalling the death toll to four. A security guard Ramesh (45) who was also admitted to the hospital has breathed his last on Sunday. It may be recalled here that three students died due to food poisoning at the school, last week. Meanwhile, school owner and former legislator Kiran Kumar and his wife Kavitha were granted bail by the Chikkanayakanahalli JMFC Court in the wee hours ofSaturday.

Tumakuru: Post-mortem reports have confirmed traces of poisoning in three students who died after consuming food at Vidyavaridhi Residential School in Huliyaru, Tumkauru district. “Prima facie there have been traces of food poisoning,” said Dr Dinesh. However, blood samples of the victims have been sent to State Forensic Science Laboratory, he added. However, questions are being raised that why would these innocent lives would be poisoned and who would do that.

Bengaluru: By-elections to Gundlupet and Nanjangud constituencies will be held onApril 9, as per the notification issued by the Election Commission of India. Gundlupet constituency was vacated after minister HS Mahadevaprasad passed away. By-election to Nanjangud constituency was necessitated after Congress legislator V Srinivas PRasad joined BJP. BJP candidate and former minister V Srinivas Prasad will contest from Nanjangud and late Mahadevaprasad's wife Geetha will contest from Gundlupet constituency on Congress ticket.

Wildlife photographer Ashwin Ramaswamy

Bengaluru: A techie, a wildlife photographer and three others were arrested by the City Crime Branch for trying to sell tiger and black panther mounted trophies. The accused have been identified as wildlife photographer Ashwin Ramaswamy, 39, KV Arun Kumar, 52, Jagadish, 41, and 46-year-old Rajeshekar. The CCB team lead by DCP Kushelandra Kumar arrested the accused on Monday morning when they were returning from Mysuru to Bengaluru. The police seized three tiger and one black panther trophies from the accused.

Bengaluru: Forest fires, animal deaths, staff shortage, and now indiscipline. The state forest department seems to be lost in the woods and lurching from one crisis to another. The latest example of the internal crisis and wrong priorities of the department pertains to a notification issued by the top state forest official to extend safari timings in the state by half an hour to bring them in line with other tiger reserves.

Bandipur: It's going to be two weeks since a massive fire broke out in Bandipur tiger reserve claiming innumerable animals. Among the countless ground and arboreal species that were consumed by the fire, a mouse deer was also found dead. While forest department is yet to gather details of loss of flora and fauna, at least 20 macaques including Hanuman Langurs, mouse deer, at least 15 peacocks and innumerable hares, reptiles and other ground species have been lost in the forest fire.​

Mysuru: Mata Amritanandamayi, who is fondly known as ‘Amma’, will be giving individual darshan to devotees in Mysuru on March 5 and 6 at the Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Bogadi. The individual darshan programme will commence after the conclusion of the bhajan and meditation session. Prior to that there will be a ‘pravachana’ by Amma at 10.30am, said the math in a release.

Bengaluru: Twelve deer - seven barking deer and five chital deer - were found dead in the Mettikuppe Range of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in HD Kote Taluk on Thursday. Forest officials said the deer could have died after consuming contaminated water from the Hebbala pond.

Bengaluru: It is the dry lantana and wind that escalated the damage to Bandipur Tiger Reserve during the fire accident, observed National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) official who visited Bandipur post-fire episode. Speaking to Bfirst.in, Director General Somashekar said that for the last three years there has been drought-like situation here due to lack of rainfall. In fact, the year 2016 has been the worst, he added.

Bandipur: The recent forest fire in Bandipur Tiger Reserve has taken a toll on at least hundreds of animals both – ground and arboreal – many of them said to be Schedule 1 animals - endangered animals. Sources said 20 macaques including Hanuman Langurs, mouse deer, at least 15 peacocks and innumerable hares, reptiles and other ground species have been lost in the forest fire. At least one tiger cub is suspected to have died in the mishap. However, they are still gathering details to put up a final account of loss.

Chikmagalur: A police sub-inspector was slapped by an angry protester when he flaunted his service gun – apparently to threaten them – when they questioned him over an accident involving his vehicle at Mugtihalli here on Tuesday. PSI Gaviraj's vehicle hit another vehicle near a village in Mugtihalli. This led to a bitter argument between the police officer and villagers. In the heat of argument, PSI Gaviraj showed off his service gun apparently to threaten them.

Bengaluru: The wild fire that devastated Bandipur tiger reserve has continued its dance of destruction. The fire was seen in places like Gopalaswamy hills range and Maddur range on Friday. The blaze that took the toll of innumerable wildlife and forest trees has now spread to other parts with the pristine Gopalaswamy hills (GS Betta) burning. The incident has taken a toll on the forest staff too as hundreds of fore watchers have rushed to the spot douse the fire.

Mysuru: Lokayukta SP Ravikumar (34) and his driver Kiran Kumar died on the spot in a head-on collision between a car and a tipper lorry near Ramohalli on Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway on Wednesday. It is said that the tipper lorry collided head on with Ravikumar's car and even hit an auto rickshaw. The impact was such that the duo died on the spot. Ravikumar's wife Anitha had delivered a baby girl only eight days ago.

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