Bengaluru : Political cartoonist P Mahamud has won the first edition of an award set up in the memory of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was assassinated in Bengaluru a year ago. The announcement was made on Wednesday by two India centres of writers’ organisation PEN.

Mahamud has been given the “Gauri Lankesh Award for Democratic Idealism” award for his “exemplary commitment to the advancement of social and economic justice and political democracy”, the award citation said. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and will be given annually to individuals or organisations whose work “reflects an abiding passion and courage towards advancing democratic culture in India”, said PEN Delhi and PEN South India.

“Mahamud’s cartoons have offered a powerful, non-partisan critique of political corruption, communalism and caste prejudice, among other problems seen in the country in general and in Karnataka in particular,” said the awarding organisations. “The bold and passionate work of Mahamud has contributed richly to nourish a democratic spirit in public discussions.”

Mahmud began his career as a freelance cartoonist with Kannada weekly in 1986 and went on to work with several English and Kannada publications.

The jury for the inaugural award – which was given for work in Kannada – comprised sociologist Chandan Gowda, journalist Sangamesh Menasinakai, and authors Arshia Sattar and Vivek Shanbhag.

Here are a few cartoons he has drawn in recent weeks:

(A cartoon, dated August 30, that takes a jibe at the Centre for the arrest of five human rights activists while bigger problems remain unsolved.)

(A cartoon drawn on July 20, 2018, when a no-confidence motion against the government was discussed in the Lok Sabha. The government won the vote.)

(A cartoon, dated September 5, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reaction to the declining value of the rupee and rising fuel prices.)

(A cartoon published on August 4 after Imran Khan's party emerged the single-largest party in the Pakistan national elections.)

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in her home in Bengaluru on the night of September 5, 2017. Unidentified men fired at least four shots at her before escaping by motorbike. A special investigation team of the Karnataka Police is investigating the murder.

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Haveri: In a devastating incident, a journey to seek divine blessings turned fatal as a car carrying pilgrims en route to the revered Tirupati temple met with a accident. The accident ccurred in the late hours of Thursday in Ranebennur, Haveri district.

The vehicle, transporting passengers from Ashwini Nagar in Haveri town, veered off course, leading to its overturning. The casualties include Suresh Veerappa Jadi (45), Aishwarya Erappa Barki (22), young Chetana Prabhuraja Samagandi (7), and Pavitra Prabhuraja Samagandi (28).

Additionally, six individuals sustained injuries in the tragic event, namely Channaveerappa Jadi, Savitra Jadi, Vikasha Honnappa Barki, Honnappa Neelappa Barki, Prabhuraja Erappa Samagandi, and Geeta Honnappa Barki. They have been immediately admitted to Davangere Hospital for medical care.

The incident happened at around 12:30 AM when the vehicle, en route from Haveri to Tirupati, lost control on National Highway 4 PB road, ultimately careening onto the service road. The exact cause of the driver's loss of control remains under investigation.