Mangaluru: In an act of humanitarian goodwill, the Bangalore KSRTC Worker’s Union gifted a smartphone to a financially distressed student, who had been selling stickers on the street to obtain a phone to resume his online education.

On September 15th, Vartha Bharathi newspaper had carried a story on its front page titled ‘Student sells stickers to buy Smartphone’. This special report carried by sub-editors Kalakesh Goravar, Rajoor caught the public eye soon and was one of the talked about stories in the last week.

On Tuesday evening, members from the KSRTC Worker’s Union in cooperation with AITUC gifted the smartphone to the student in a ceremony held at Vartha Bharathi’s Mangaluru head office in Valencia.

Vijay Kumar, The Secretary of the KSRTC Worker’s Union, and Praveen Kumar, General Secretary of AITUC Mangalore Division gifted the Samsung Android Smartphone to Srinivas, the student who hails from Mudipu.

On this occasion, the General Secretary of AITUC Mangalore Division, Praveen Kumar, addressed the gathering and said that the KSRTC Worker’s Union, AITUC Organizations, has been undertaking social causes. “On that account, it came to our notice that a worker’s son, who is also a student has been struggling on the streets to sell stickers in a bid to continue his online education. We were able to help the student almost immediately. As per the guidance of H V Ananth Subbarav, the leader of the AITUC, we were able to give the smartphone as a small gift to the deserving student” he said.

During the event, Vartha Bharathi’s Mangalore Bureau Chief, Pushparaj BN presented a memento as a mark of respect to the KSRTC Worker’s Union on behalf of the media house.

The members of KSRTC Worker’s Union, R Vasudev, Balakrishna, Chandra Poojary, Vinayraaj, Abdul Khader, and Vartha Bharathi’s sub-editors Kalakesh Goravar, Rajoor were present during the occasion.

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Mangaluru:Former Congress MLA Mohiuddin Bava on Wednesday claimed he received a call from an unknown person objecting to his participation in the ongoing Navaratri celebrations at a temple here.

Bava, who had represented from Mangaluru North segment, said he has lodged a police complaint about it.

The Congress leader said he visited the Gurupura Ambika Annapoorneshwari temple at Bajpe here and took part in the rituals following an invite by its priest.

Later, he got a call from a man, who identified himself as Anil from Mumbai and raised objections to his visit, saying It's not Nehru period, it's a Modi period, Bava alleged.

"A Muslim should not go to the temple, a beef eater and Muslim should not visit temple," the caller had told him, he claimed, adding the conversation was recorded by him.

Bava said he told the caller that he went to the temple on invitation and added he had not differentiated between communities in his political life.