Mangaluru:  Industrialist and Philanthropist Usman Kukkady breathed his last at a private hospital in the city on Monday night following brief illness. 

Kukkady, aged 56, was a respected industrialist, and also served as the Deputy Governor of Rotary International, and was partner in Uno Pack Industries and Plama Plywood.

Hailing from the popular Kukkady family of Baikampady, Usman Kukkady had earned a reputation not only for his business achievements but also for his dedication to social work.

He is survived by his wife, one son, one daughter and a large circle of relatives and friends. 

The mortal remains of Usman Kukkady have been kept at his brother, Abdul Kader Kukkady's residence near Surathkal Vidyadayini School. The final rites are scheduled to be held at Idgah Masjid, Krishnapura 7th Block at 11 am on Tuesday, said family sources.

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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.