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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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, has clarified the government's stance on protests related to the Cauvery water issue. While people will not be prevented from staging protests, the government will not permit a 'Karnataka bandh' called for by some pro-Kannada organizations on Friday.

Shivakumar emphasized that the government is committed to providing protection to the citizens. However, he urged the public to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court and the Karnataka High Court regarding the organization of bandhs. Instead of calling for bandhs, he encouraged people to engage in lawful protests.

Furthermore, the Deputy CM instructed concerned officials to attend the meeting scheduled by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on Friday in person, rather than participating online. During the meeting, senior agricultural scientists and water experts will explain to CWMA officials the current water supply situation in Karnataka. They will also convey that the state cannot afford to release additional water from the River Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.