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Washed away in Bengaluru: A bride’s parents, a priest, mother & daughter
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Six deaths in two days of rainfall serve reminder of disrupted drainage system because of construction.

Gauri Lankesh killers most likely stayed near her Bengaluru home, SIT silent on their links
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT chief claimed the team was yet to analyse the evidence from the parallel cases. “There are similarities and dissimilarities,” he said.

Five linked to Sanatan Sanstha are key suspects in Gauri Lankesh’s murder
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The five missing persons are: Praveen Limkar, 34, from Kolhapur; Jayaprakash alias Anna, 45, from Mangalore; Sarang Akolkar, 38, from Pune; Rudra Patil, 37, from Sangli and Vinay Pawar, 32, from Satara.

Karnataka lawyers to protest ‘unjust transfer of honest judge’ today
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council Y R Sadasiva Reddy said that lawyers affiliated to the council across the state would abstain from work over the “injustice” meted out to Justice Patel.

Did my duty, punishment in God’s hands, says Karnataka HC judge after he resigns
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

It was Justice Patel who in 2011, as part of a two-judge bench in the Gujarat High Court, had ordered a CBI probe into the 2004 killing of Mumbra girl Ishrat Jahan and three others after SIT concluded that the state police had faked the encounter.

Gauri Lankesh killers appear in CCTV footage from 45 mins earlier
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Lankesh was shot in the frontyard of her home at 8 pm on September 5 by two assailants who came on a motorcycle and fired four bullets from a 7.65 mm country-made pistol, when she got down to open the gates to her home.

Gun used to kill Gauri Lankesh is the same one that killed M M Kalburgi: forensics
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

This finding has been communicated to the Special Investigation Team that is probing the murder of the 55-year-old journalist and activist, sources involved with the two separate investigations have told The Indian Express.

Probe finds clues that point to link between Gauri Lankesh, M M Kalburgi killing
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

More than one official familiar with the probe into Lankesh’s killing said that although the investigation remained open in terms of tracking down the killers — and formal forensics and ballistics reports are awaited — there has been a “significant finding” that suggests a link between the killings of Kalburgi and Lankesh.

Gauri Lankesh killing: CCTV footage not of much help to investigators
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The CCTV footage has only been able to confirm that the killing was carried out by two men on a two-wheeler, who parked behind Gauri Lankesh’s car before the assailant stepped up and fired at her back.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Pistol of same make as one used in killing of rationalists
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The bullets that hit Gauri Lankesh damaged her heart and lungs, causing her death at the spot.

What was the defamation case against slain journalist Gauri Lankesh?
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The two cases against Gauri Lankesh were filed by the three-term BJP MP from Dharwad, Prahlad Joshi, and his personal secretary Umesh Dushi.

MoS Anantkumar Hegde faces two cases: Beating doctors, hate speech
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Anantkumar Hegde is an accused in a hate speech case, under Section 295 A of the IPC, for allegedly making inflammatory statements about Islam at a press conference in Sirsi town on February 28, 2016.

BJP is a divisive force, but what it did in UP is not possible here: Siddaramaiah
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

In the last four years, we have fulfilled a majority of the promises we made. This is why we won the by-elections at Nanjangud and Gundlupet.

Looking at Siddaramaiah
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

No chief minister has returned to power in Karnataka for a second term since Ramakrishna Hegde in 1985. JOHNSON T A on why the Congress, crumbling elsewhere, is hoping that Siddaramaiah will break that record.

ISRO launch fails after heat shield does not detach
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The IRNSS-1H was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre — the Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR) — in Andhra Pradesh at 7 pm Thursday on board ISRO workhorse PSLV but the rocket lost velocity after the heat shield failed to separate at the requisite height.

As ISRO launch fails, glitch in space waits for fix
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The Indian Express explains what went wrong with the launch of IRNSS-1H, and what it was meant to do

‘Keeping quiet would’ve made me look good but hurt firm in long term’
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

‘Panaya investigation did not address allegations regarding governance deficits of the Board’

ISRO readies replacement satellite after clock failure
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The atomic clocks in the new satellite are modified versions of the original clocks provided by an European supplier under a 4-million-euro deal which were found deficient. Three similar clocks used in satellites for the European Galileo system, too, reported similar problems.

‘The canteens can help Cong, but only if they keep up the standards’
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

In election year, on August 16, the Congress government in Karnataka launched ‘Indira Canteens’ at 101 locations across Bengaluru, on the lines of Tamil Nadu’s popular Amma canteens.

One of Nandan Nilekani’s priorities at Infosys: Mending Narayana Murthy-Board ties
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Infosys has been in a state of turbulence over the past week after the sudden exit of its CEO Vishal Sikka. The board of directors had blamed Murthy for triggering Sikka's exit

Right to Privacy: 91-year-old retd Justice KS Puttaswamy is the face behind legal history
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Right to Privacy: “During discussions with some of my friends, I realised that the Aadhaar scheme was going to be implemented without the law being discussed in Parliament. As a former judge, I felt the executive action was not right. I filed the petition because I felt that my right was affected,’’ he said.

8 years before NIA, Karnataka CID probed ‘love jihad’, found no specific instance
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

In 2009, the Karnataka police CID was asked by a division bench of Karnataka High Court to look into allegations of “love jihad” in the marriage of an 18-year-old girl, Silja Raj, from Chamarajnagar area of Bengaluru with a 24-year-old youth, Asghar Nazar, from Kannur in Kerala

V K Sasikala didn’t go out, CCTV images are of inside jail, say officials
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The CCTV images are believed to be a month old, and were provided to the Anti-Corruption Bureau and a committee probing charges made by former DIG (Prisons) D Roopa that jail rules were violated to give Sasikala preferential treatment

Artificial Intelligence and robotics: Will Vishal Sikka’s exit affect Infy’s tech edge?
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Underlining his passion for technology, Vishal Sikka in his resignation letter to Infosys Ltd also mentioned a recent demonstration of AI capability where a bot built by the researchers at OpenAI defeated the world’s best players of DOTA2, a multiplayer online video game, after learning it from scratch.

Infosys war out in open, CEO Vishal Sikka quits, board blames NR Narayana Murthy
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

In moves that raised issues of boardroom governance, the Infosys board of directors rallied behind Vishal Sikka and tore into chief founder N R Narayana Murthy, saying he forced the exit of the CEO with his “continuous assault”.

Infosys Board: Narayana Murthy wants his diktats to prevail, responsible for Vishal Sikka’s exit
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The Board, which has been at the centre of criticism for non governance by Narayana Murthy, in a statement on Friday said "Mr. Murthy's continuous assault is the primary reason that the CEO, Dr. Vishal Sikka, has resigned despite strong Board support’’.

Vishal Sikka had been losing ground in Infosys for a while
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Vishal Sikka, who tried to ingrain the concept of design thinking into the traditional IT services culture at Infosys Ltd in his three-year tenure, indicated that his exit from the company was on account of the continued criticism of his functioning from within and outside the company.

Bengaluru’s record rain brought largely man-made floods. Here is how, why
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.

In final address as Vice President, Hamid Ansari warns against military might halo, insecurity of Dalits, minorities
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “We must not only tolerate other religions, but positively embrace them, as truth is the basis of all religions.”

Truth cannot be hidden, says DK Shivakumar as he reunites with Gujarat Congress MLAs
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

"I have not done anything illegal or unconstitutional. I will speak of the IT searches after I am provided details of all that was found. The truth cannot be hidden," Shivakumar said.

Karnataka: I-T searches continue, Rs 11 crore cash seized
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

A total of Rs 11 crore in cash was reported to have been found from the nearly 60 premises searched by I-T authorities in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Delhi.

Two days before Gujarat MLAs landed, resort got Rs 982-crore penalty bill
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The Eagleton Golf Resort, which has been tagged as one of the earliest world-class golf resorts in the country, was started by Andhra Pradesh businessmen Meda Ashok Kumar in 2000 and began with 100 per cent tax exemptions under a tourism policy.

Two days before Gujarat MLAs landed, resort got Rs 982-crore penalty bill
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The decision taken by the Congress government on the basis of a Supreme Court order is a change of stance, since the previous BJP government had decided in 2012 to hand over the 77 acres to the resort for a regularisation fee of Rs 82.69 crore

IIT graduate accused of hacking Aadhaar data built app on his own
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

Abhinav Srivastava, a software security expert who now works with Ola, has been accused by the Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) of illegally accessing the Aadhaar data repository.

Jail ‘largesse’ to Sasikala, Telgi: Officials: Some charges in DIG letter ‘misplaced’
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

But police officials well-versed with the prison system in Karnataka maintain that the latest allegations of violation of prison rules to benefit Telgi could be “misplaced”.

IIT graduate, his firm booked for hacking Aadhaar data
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The UIDAI complaint is linked to the KYC app that was placed by Qarth on Google Play Store late last year with the claim that it would help businesses validate Aaadhar numbers by verifying “customer Aadhaar number, address, mobile number, date of birth on the fly”.