Dubai, Nov 27: The Karnataka Cultural Forum, a socio-cultural organization of expatriates from Karnataka, is all set to organize a mass marriage back home in their neighbourhoods and launch Darul Aman Destitute Housing scheme on December 3.

The event is organized to mark the 5th anniversary of the foundation and 11 couple will get married at the event to be held in Mangaluru.

Sensing the agony and to wipe out the tears of poor families which are unable to find a match for their daughters due to their financial conditions, the foundation has organized the event.

Karnataka Cultural foundation, NRI-based Kannadigas organization has spread across all over GCC countries, Malaysia as well as UK, with more than twelve thousand members. It aims mainly to gather NRI Kannadigas and thereby, support the downtrodden and work for the community development.

As part of making expatriate community health conscious, KCF organizes regular health checkup camps, health awareness seminars and blood donation camps. It also organizes annual talent hunt programmes like “Prathibotsava” to recognize the talents of children and adults. With a view to boost patriotism, KCF has been organizing Independence Day, Republic Day and other national festivals. Moreover, large amount of expatriates gather for its Family Meet & get-together programmes.

It strives hard to make difference in the lives of the people in Karnataka through various humanitarian projects and relief services. It also helps in repatriation of deceased expat body to the home country by clearing documentation procedures, as well as providing Legal Support for needy who are facing sponsor problem, financial or business related issues. KCF Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront to serve the Guest of Allah through KCF Haj volunteer service, known as HVC. Volunteers work round the clock and available for all possible assistance of pilgrims.

KCF will present 40 gram of gold for brides and financial support for all couples at the event. All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama Secretary Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed will lead the function and notable religious and political personalities of state as well as other prominent people from all walks of life will take part in the event. Launching event of KCF Darul Aman Housing scheme for destitute and needy people will be held on the same day evening at SYS Hubburasool Public Conference at Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru.


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New Delhi, Dec 11: The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that if there is a "common thread" among the murders of social activists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi, then one agency can investigate all the four cases.

A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Navin Sinha asked the CBI to inform it by January first week as to why it should not investigate all the four cases if there appears a link among all the murders.

The counsel for the Maharashtra government informed the court that the CBI is investigating the murder cases of social activist and professor Narendra Dabholkar after the Bombay High Court transferred the probes to the agency.

The court, after perusing the status report of the Karnataka Police, said there appears to be a link between the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M Kalburgi.

It asked the Maharashtra government's counsel about the status of the investigation into the Pansare murder case, to which the counsel said the case was pending before the Kolhapur trial court.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka Police had informed the apex court that there appears to be a connection between Lankesh and Kalburgi murder cases.

The state police also told the apex court that it will file a chargesheet in the Kalburgi murder case in three months.

Noted scholar Kalburgi was killed at Dharwad in 2015. Pansare was also killed the same year. Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru, whereas rationalist Dabholkar was assassinated on August 20, 2013.

The top court on November 26 had pulled up the Karnataka government for "doing nothing and just fooling around" in the investigation and had indicated that it may transfer the case to the Bombay High Court.

The top court had on January 10 sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the two state governments on the allegation of Uma Devi that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

Kalburgi's wife, in her petition, had alleged that there was common link between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too were assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

The 77-year old Kalburgi, the former vice chancellor of Hampi University and a well-known epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. Born in 1938, he was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature.