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Leeladhar Baikampady to be honoured with 'Samaja Rathna' award

  • Published in Karnataka
Bengaluru: Leeladhar Baikampady, the achiever in various fileds has been nominated for coveted 'Samaja Rathna' award by Jnana Mandara educational and cultural academy, Bengaluru for his social work and service towards literature, culture and in other fields.

Leeladhar has been conferred with prestigious 'Rashtriya Bhushana' award from Bharat Rathna Sir M. Vishweshwaraiha foundation in Bengaluru for his service towards the society. Then he was honoured with 'Rashtriya Ekatha' award by All India National council in Delhi. Now 'Samaja Rathna' award makes him the only NRI in Gulf country to be honoured with three awards in one year.

Leeladhar Baikampady has dedicated himself to the society. Since 28 years he is indulging in philanthropical works, service towards social and cultural development of the society and community development. He is staying in Gulf country Bahrain since 17 years. He is working in a private firm in Bahrain as a financial manager.

He had invited then chief minister of Karnataka B.S Yadyurappa to Bahrain who had donated Rs. one crore for the construction of Kanada Bhavana in Bahrain. He completed his education in Mangaluru and Mubai and had developed leadership qualities from his childhood. He was selected as the senator of Mangaluru university. He is also a member of Bahrain Indian club, Karnataka Social club, Maharashtra cultural society and many more organisations. Presently he is working as president of Mogaveers Bahrain.

Samaja Rathna award will be conferred to Leeladhar Baikampady in the end of this month in the presence of prominant figures of various fields.


Chaali polilu storms Bahrain tuluvas with its laughter dose

  • Published in NRI Form
Bahrain: Guru Seva samiti Bahrain (Bahrai Billavas) had organized a screening of Super hit Tulu movie Chaali Polilu on Friday May 29. The show was a huge success as people thronged to the theatres to watch the laughter riot of the year.


The film has completed 200 days in Mangaluru and still screened with packed houses.

Devdas Kapikad, Navin D. Padil, Arvind Bolar, Bhojaraj Vamanjur, Sundar Rai Mandara, Arjun Kapikad are the main star cast of the movie which is been produced by Prakash Pandeshwar.

Pandeshwar was present during the show as a chief guest and was honoured by president of Bahrain Billavas Rajkumar with a shawl and momentum.






Drive to make Bahrain major investment hub

  • Published in Bahrain
BAHRAIN aims to become a major hub for regional and international investments, Industry and Commerce Minister Zayed Al Zayani said yesterday.

The ministry is focusing on further developing the national economy by streamlining foreign investment procedures and creating job opportunities for citizens.

"Bahrain has always been an open economy for foreign investment. Our challenges are centred around the existing set of laws and legislation, both on national and international front," he said.

"However, the way forward is for all parties to collectively support development of Bahrain's economy by etching a solution that will further cement its position as an ideal investment destination."

The minister was speaking during the 'At the majlis' session hosted by Capital Club at Bahrain Financial Harbour. The event was attended by a number of decision-makers from the economic and financial sector.

The minister also discussed the national strategy to boost tourism and commerce sectors.

"The growth of tourism industry in Bahrain is driven by two main pillars; investing in tourism projects and keeping abreast with regional and international trends.

"Bahrain has two key elements; the rich history that dates back to 5,000 years and the renowned hospitality and warmth of its people, which play a vital role in driving the national tourism strategy forward.

"The government will focus its efforts on developing a holistic approach and building the infrastructure required to attract and support local and international investors," Mr Al Zayani said.

 Mr Al Zayani yesterday received Russian Ambassador Vagif Garaev and discussed trade and investment co-operation. He also stressed the role of private sector in boosting ties.

Bahrain arrests 28 for terrorism

  • Published in Bahrain
Bahrain’s interior ministry said that it had arrested 28 people, including individuals convicted in absentia on terrorism charges and sentenced to life in prison.

“Some of those arrested have had their nationality revoked,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday.

“Some of them were charged in more than one case that involved planning and carrying out terrorist acts with the aim to undermine the security of the country. The investigation foiled a number of terrorist operations planned in various villages.

The investigation included tracking individuals and monitoring their safe houses by a specially trained surveillance team, the ministry added.

“The operation was a coordinated effort by various investigation units in the country. The General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science has initiated legal proceedings to refer those arrested to the Public Prosecution,” the statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.

The cases listed by the ministry included bomb blasts, the formation of a terrorist cell, making bombs equipped with cell phone detonators, and the planting of explosives in several areas.

Other cases involved planting fake bombs and suspicious objects, attacking police with Molotov cocktails, arson and blockading roads.

Bahrain Billava’s (Guru Seva Samiti) conducted 12 annual Satyanarayan Pooja and Induction Ceremony of New Executive Committee

  • Published in NRI Form
Bahrain: Bahrain Billava Sanghatan Guru Seva Samiti conducted its 12 Satyanarayana Pooja rituals at Manama Krishna Temple Hall. The function was arranged with great devotion and grandeur. More than 1000 fortunate devotees participated and felt lucky to be a part of the ritual.
Moodbidri Purohit and Astronomer Shivananda performed the pooja rituals and gave religious wisdom.

On the same occasion the new executive members took in charge of the committee in the leadership of Rajkumar in front of the Almighty. The devotees offered bhajan seva to the god who was embellished with flowers. Annasantarpan was arranged for devotees after the Mangalarati.

New Management Committee elected for Bahrain Billava’s

  • Published in NRI Form
Bahrain: The 12th annual meet of Bahrain Billava’s association was held in front of 150 members, at Pappilon Hotel on 20 March. The new management committee was elected on the same day. Shri Rajkumar was elected as the president of the Association.

On 17 April, Satyanarayan Pooja will be conducted at Manama. The newly elected members will take charge on the day.

Committee Members:

Sitting from left to right: Nailesh Suvarna (treasurer), Harish Poojari (chief secretary), Rajkumar( president) Surendra Udyavar( vice president), Shridhar Amin ( entertainment secretary).

Standing from left to right: Sandeep (member), Ashok Kateel (sports secretary), Boja Poojari (asst treasurer), Ajit Bangera (asst secretary), Harinath Suvarna (asst entertainment secretary), Navin Poojari (member).


Bahrain to address report on spending violations

  • Published in Bahrain
Dubai: Bahrain’s government said it would address a report by a state audit body which according to a local newspaper alleged 400 million dinars ($1.06 billion) of public funds had been wasted by government departments and state-linked firms.

The report will be handled with accuracy and objectivity, the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) quoted minister of state Mohammad Al Mutawa as saying late on Sunday.
Al Mutawa was quoted by BNA as saying the report did not suggest public money was squandered but identified possible violations of administrative procedures.
Earlier, the Gulf Daily News reported that the National Audit Court (NAC), set up in 2011 to fight corruption and increase transparency in government, had found 400 million dinars was wasted in 2013 and 2014.
That would represent a significant fraction of Bahrain’s gross domestic product, estimated at $34 billion by the International Monetary Fund last year. The oil-exporting kingdom’s finances are under pressure because of the plunge of crude prices.

The National Audit Office told Reuters that the report was not public and had been distributed to select people only. It declined to provide more information.
Al Mutawa said the 346 cases identified by the report were 25 percent fewer than the number in the NAC’s 2011-2012 report, while the number of cases referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action had dropped 80 percent to only five.

Fight against extremism among Bahrain’s top priorities

  • Published in Bahrain
Manama: The fight against the emergence of extremist ideologies remains a top priority for Bahrain, Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said.

“Bahrain’s recognition of this important priority underpins its continued support to the international coalition’s ongoing efforts to pursue lasting stability throughout the region, and further abroad,” Prince Salman said as he discussed the latest regional and international developments with the newly appointed US ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck and the Commander of the US Fifth Fleet, Vice Admiral John Miller.

Bahrain is an active member of the international alliance formed to fight and stamp out the menace of terrorism in the region.

Prince Salman told the US officials that a united stance against extremist ideologies was underpinned by the collective commitment to protecting basic human principles and the peaceful characteristics shared by all religions, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
“Upholding this commitment has a direct impact on the region’s efforts to ensure sustainable economic development for all people,” he said.
For the Crown Prince, “the numerous milestones reached in the fight against extremism have ensured optimal coordination and collaboration among all allied nations.”
In September, King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa stressed Bahrain’s “readiness to assume its important and vital role, alongside brotherly and friendly countries, in the battle against terrorism in the region in order to eliminate all its forms and sources.”

‘Lured on religious grounds’

Bahrain’s constant keenness to safeguard regional security and global peace was in continuation of the crucial role it has always played as a civilised country, a status that is internationally recognised, he said.

King Hamad cited Bahrain’s participation in combating terrorism in Afghanistan, countering piracy in the Indian Ocean, UN-led monitoring operations, securing the flow of oil to the world, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and promoting global stability and peace.

He also cited the kingdom’s “honourable and historical role in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.”

The king said that Bahrain would continue to uphold the noble principles of justice and peace and that terrorists were hiding behind religious masks, but indeed had nothing to do with the Islamic precepts and values.

A former Bahraini information minister in September said that the “Bahraini youth who joined Daesh, Hezbollah and similar terror organisations had been lured on religious grounds.”

“We are aware that plans aimed at destabilising the harmony and peace of the nation are being doled out under the cover of religion,” Sameera Rajab said.
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