Moodbidre: In a tragic incident, a student at Alva's College was killed on the spot when a private bus collided with his bike at Handelu on the Karkala National Highway.

The deceased has been identified as Karthik Acharya (19). Karthik was the son of Chandrahas Acharya, proprietor of Yedapadavu Rajeshwari Jewellers, and was pursuing his first year of BCA studies at Alva's College.

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Pillion rider Harsha, a student of the same college , managed to escape with minor injuries. Karthik, who had just completed his college classes, was on his way home when the incident occurred. According to reports, a private express bus traveling from Mangaluru to Moodbidre attempted to overtake another bus but veered onto the wrong lane, resulting in a collision with Karthik's bike.

Meanwhile, Moodbidre police have registered a case against the bus driver.

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Madikeri: The Kodagu district administration has implemented a nighttime ban on vehicular movement along the NH 275 section of Sampaje Ghat, connecting Sampaje to Madikeri, amid fears of potential landslides. The restriction, effective from Thursday, prohibits travel between 8 PM and 6 AM.

This precautionary measure was enacted following a report from the Assistant Executive Engineer of the National Highways Authority of India, Madikeri Sub-Division, highlighting the risk of the hillside near Kartoji on the highway collapsing due to persistent heavy rain. As a result, the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Venkat Raja issued the order to restrict traffic.

The movement restriction applies to all vehicles except those used by officers and personnel involved in emergency services and natural calamity-related tasks.

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The Sampaje Ghat section is a vital route for travelers heading to Madikeri, Mysuru, Bengaluru, and Ooty, and it also serves as an alternative path when the Shirady Ghat is closed due to landslides. With the recent landslide near Maranahalli, traffic on the Shirady Ghat section is also banned, adding to the urgency of the situation.

Deputy Commissioner Venkat Raja has advised travelers heading to Mysuru and Bengaluru via Madikeri to use the Charmadi Ghat-Kottigehara route as an alternative.

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