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Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka to get additional coal amidst reports of shortage

Bangalore, Karnataka Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said 21 people have died due to rains that has ravaged several parts of the state since early this month and officials have been directed to give compensation.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 15, 2021 9:53:10 am
An open cast coal field. (Representational image)

Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka will get two additional rakes of coal from Singareni mines amidst reports of shortage. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he has spoken to the Union Coal Minister in this regard.  “The state received eight rakes of coal last week and this has increased to 10 after I spoke with the Union Coal Minister,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said 21 people have died due to rains that has ravaged several parts of the state since early this month and officials have been directed to give compensation. The Chief Minister who also took stock of the power situation in the state said, that the government will ensure there are no power cuts.

About 2,500 houses have been partially damaged and assessment is on, the Chief Minister said, adding officials have been asked to give compensation as per the norms set last year, also compensation for crop loss will be given as per NDRF norms after assessment.

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20:32 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Mysuru district admin prohibits public entry to palace premises prohibited for Jumbo Savari

The Mysuru district administration has prohibited the entry of the public into the premises of the Amba Vilas Palace on Friday for Jumbo Savari (elephant procession) due to curbs in place in the wake of the Covid-19 situation.

According to Chandragupta, Commissioner of Mysuru City Police, curbs on the roads will be imposed from around 10 am. The top cop further advises the public and tourists to watch the culmination of the Dasara festivities via livestreaming options made available by the government.

While the Jumbo Savari is confined to the palace premises for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic, the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari will be brought from Chamundi Hills to the Mysuru Palace in a procession, for the first time,  to enable more people in the city to get a darshan of the deity.

17:43 (IST)14 Oct 2021
BBMP to make pet licensing mandatory for responsible ownership of dogs

In a bid to curb illegal breeding and abandonment of dogs, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) animal husbandry department will make pet registration mandatory for pet owners within the municipal limits. The BBMP says the move will make pet owners more accountable and responsible towards their pets. The mandatory registration applies only to dogs now and other pets are exempted.

A proposal has been submitted to the government and once gazetted, it will be open to public consultation.

Dr Manjunath Shinde, joint director (animal husbandry), told The Indian Express that presently pet licensing is optional and now they are making it mandatory keeping the welfare of dogs in mind. “The detailed guidelines will be out soon. Hardly 20 per cent of the pet owners in Bengaluru have licenses. This move will bring more transparency. We have seen several cases where the owners just abandon their pets by the roadside when they develop diseases or other health problems. The pets have to be vaccinated and neutered and microchips should be installed before the licensing. With the microchip installation, the BBMP will keep a check on the number of pets the city has and track the owners who have abandoned them. The owners have to be responsible towards their pets.” 

15:32 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Manager of Karnataka Minority Corporation arrested after former colleague levels sexual harassment charges 

Mangaluru city  police in Karnataka have arrested a 47 year old district manager of a state government run minority corporation for allegedly sexually harassing a 19 year old woman colleague. 

The arrested is Mohammed Farooq,  Dakshina Kannada district manager of Karnataka Minority Development Corporation. Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said, "On Wednesday, around 10pm Mohammed was arrested. A case under IPC sections 354(a), 354(d) and 506 IPC has been booked against him." 

14:27 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Former Karnataka State police chief falls prey to phishing scam, loses Rs. 89,000

A former Director General and Inspector General of Police fell prey to a phishing scam and lost Rs 89,000 after he shared his bank account details with a cyber fraud. 

The victim, Shankar M Bidari has filed a complaint with south-east cybercrime police on October 11 where he received a message on his phone instructing him to update his Know Your Customer (KYC) details. The message also warned that his bank account would be blocked if he failed to update the details. Though Bidari lost money, he was quick enough to realise it and raised a complaint with bank and police as well. 

11:23 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Karnataka CM’s apparent endorsement of moral policing triggers controversy

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has triggered a controversy on Wednesday when he responded to questions on moral policing carried out by vigilante groups in the purported cause of protection of Hindu culture in the Dakshina Kannada region of the state.

In a media interaction at the Bajpe airport in Mangaluru, the BJP CM seemed to justify moral policing when asked a question on growing incidents of right-wing vigilantes impinging on the privacy of people to prevent inter-community relationships. 

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has triggered a controversy on Wednesday when he responded to questions on moral policing carried out by vigilante groups in the purported cause of protection of Hindu culture in the Dakshina Kannada region of the state.

In a media interaction at the Bajpe airport in Mangaluru, the BJP CM seemed to justify moral policing when asked a question on growing incidents of right-wing vigilantes impinging on the privacy of people to prevent inter-community relationships. (Read more)

10:19 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Private chat of functionaries casts spotlight on political feud in Karnataka Congress

A private conversation between two Congress functionaries in Karnataka, which was picked up by microphones ahead of a press conference in Bengaluru on October 12, has thrown the spotlight on a simmering political feud between the two top leaders of the party in the state — KPCC chief D K Shivakumar and Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah.

The private conversation between a Congress media co-ordinator M A Saleem and a former MP and party spokesperson V S Ugrappa dwelled on the shortcomings of Shivakumar as state party president and seemed to indicate greater confidence in the leadership of Siddaramaiah. (Read more)

10:09 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Siddaramaiah, BSY deny ‘secret meeting’ claim by Kumaraswamy

Senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa and Congress leader Siddaramaiah have denied reports that they “met secretly” in recent days. The denials have come a day after Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the recent IT raids on an aide of Yediyurappa were triggered by a meeting between the former BJP CM and the former Congress CM.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Siddaramaiah countered Kumaraswamy’s claims and said he met BS Yedyiurappa personally only on his birthday (February 27). “I have not met him personally since then. I am ready to retire from politics if it is (Kumaraswamy’s claims) proved”. 

Senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa and Congress leader Siddaramaiah have denied reports that they “met secretly” in recent days. The denials have come a day after Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the recent IT raids on an aide of Yediyurappa were triggered by a meeting between the former BJP CM and the former Congress CM.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Siddaramaiah countered Kumaraswamy’s claims and said he met BS Yedyiurappa personally only on his birthday (February 27). “I have not met him personally since then. I am ready to retire from politics if it is (Kumaraswamy’s claims) proved”. (Read more)

08:57 (IST)14 Oct 2021
COVID-19: 357 new cases, 10 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Wednesday logged 357 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,82,089 and death toll to 37,916, the health department said.

The day also saw 438 discharges, pushing the number of recoveries to 29,34,523. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 140 new cases, as the city saw 157 discharges and 5 deaths.

Active cases stood at 9,621.

08:56 (IST)14 Oct 2021
Retd IAS officer M Lakshminarayana to head Panchayat Raj Delimitation Commission

The Karnataka government on Wednesday formally set up the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Delimitation Commission and appointed retired IAS officer M Lakshminarayana as its chairperson.

The government order regarding the appointment of Lakshminarayana said his remunerations, allowances and other facilities would be fixed through a separate order. The Commission would work under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. It would carry out delimitation and reservation for constituencies in the panchayat, an official press release said. (PTI)

20:12 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Karnataka bypolls: 19 in the fray from 2 seats

A total of 19 candidates are in the fray in Sindagi and Hangal assembly constituencies for the October 30 by elections, poll officials said.

Today being the last day for withdrawal of nominations, two from Sindagi and four from Hangal withdrew their papers, leaving six and thirteen candidates in the fray from the two constituencies respectively. Two candidates from Sindagi are women.

Counting of votes will take place on November 2.

The by-elections have been necessitated as the seats fell vacant following the death of Sindagi JD(S) legislator M C Managuli and BJP's C M Udasi from Hangal.

18:53 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Karnataka in talks for two rakes of coal from Singareni: CM Bommai

Amid reports on shortage of coal in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he has spoken to the Union Coal Minister to get two additional rakes of coal from Singareni mines.

Bommai Wednesday said, “The state received eight rakes of coal last week and this has increased to 10 after I spoke with the Union Coal Minister.”

He further clarified that the state can be comfortably positioned in its power requirements once it gets three more rakes of coal.

“Concerned state officials are in talks for another two rakes of coal from Singareni. I had discussed this with the Union Coal Minister and Telangana Chief Minister. The state government will make arrangements to fetch the two rakes in two-three days,” he added.

15:50 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Karnataka to launch integrated temple management system soon

Karnataka is soon to become the third state in the country to launch an online integrated temple management system (ITMS) after Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Karnataka Endowments Department has developed ITMS application for mobile which will provide details of temples, history and stories about the temples, rituals,  route maps to reach the temples, sevas offered in the sacred places, pooja rate charts, and other details of the temples. 

Speaking to Indianexpress.com Minister for Muzrai, Haj and Wakf Shashikala Jolle said “There are 34,559 temples come under the department but many temples history or the information related to the temple and other details are available online, hence we decided to consolidate all the information and provide that information on ITMS mobile app.”

“The app will be available soon in the first phase where around 207 temples that come under category A temples would be added to the app. The devotees can also donate money to the temple through the app,” she added. 

14:14 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Decision on relaxation of covid restrictions in borders and reopening of Primary schools after expert committee meeting: CM

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that decision regarding relaxation of covid restrictions in border areas and on reopening of primary schools would be taken soon after a meeting with  the expert committee.

Speaking at the Mangaluru Airport on Wednesday, he said that the experts are assessing the situation in the  districts  of Karnataka bordering Kerala and Maharashtra.  A meeting would be held with the covid expert committee soon after Dasara  to discuss the situation and a decision on relaxing the restrictions in border districts would be taken. 

13:15 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Building adjacent to collapsed house in Kamalanagar demolished

The foundation of a residential building at Kamalanagar which had collapsed on Tuesday night has been demolished by the govt authorities. Another house in Kamalanagar adjacent to the first also have been demolished. Officials said that the houses were structurally unstable because they were built on loose soil next to a storm drain, and hence they were being demolished. In another incident, a side wall of house has collapsed in Nagarathpet.

13:06 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Watch: officials try to douse the fire that broke out after chemical tanker capsized in Karnataka

Massive fire broke out at Arbali Ghat in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka after a tanker carrying chemical capsized on Wednesday morning. The traffic on this road was closed following the fire incident.

According to the officials, the incident took place between Ankola and Yellapur at 7.30 am. A tanker carrying benzene from a subsidiary company of MRPL called OAPL to Gujarat paint firm. The tanker capsized, and there have been two instances of a big fire.

The District Administration has coordinated with MRPL, and a team has been dispatched with neutralising agents. Alternative tanker to transfer left out chemicals is being mobilised from Karwar by the company's transporter. Action as per the standard operating procedure for chemical spillage is being followed, said Manoj Ranjan, commissioner of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC)

12:59 (IST)13 Oct 2021
BBMP Powrakarmikara Sangha holds protest

BBMP Powrakarmikara Sangha on Wednesday held protest at the BBMP Mahadevapura zonal office as the first step towards making their demands of increase in wages to Rs. 35,000, regularisation of service, among others.

11:47 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Congress workers want Rahul Gandhi to lead party as president: DK Shivakumar

A day after Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said that Rahul Gandhi should take up the responsibility of the Congress president, the party’s state president DK Shivakumar on Tuesday also urged the leader to take up the mantle.

The comments from the state leaders come ahead of the Congress working committee meeting on October 16 in New Delhi.

“We have been putting pressure on him since he resigned. The unanimous voice of the Congress workers from across the country is that Rahul Gandhi should take up the mantle of the party,” Shivakumar said. (Read more)

11:11 (IST)13 Oct 2021
2023 assembly election in Karnataka will be my last: H D Kumaraswamy

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said that the 2023 assembly elections in Karnataka will be his last, and sought an opportunity from the people to independently run a government for five years, so as to implement programmes for the larger public good.

H D Kumaraswamy (Express file photo)

“I have been the Chief Minister twice with your blessings. I have decided that the 2023 assembly election will be my last fight. It is not for me to come to power or become the Chief Minister. With the blessings of God, I have already been Chief Minister twice, despite not having a majority,” Kumaraswamy said. (Read more)

10:55 (IST)13 Oct 2021
Classmate’s taunt over skull cap leads to fight between two outfits; 4 arrested

Tension prevailed after a clash broke out between two different religious outfits at Ilkal town in Bagalkot district of north Karnataka after a 15-year-old boy studying in Class IX allegedly teased his friend for wearing a skull cap Monday evening. Ilkal town police have arrested four persons and detained four others, including two juveniles.

On Monday evening, a teenager, who attends a private tuition class, had gone wearing a skull cap when his classmate allegedly made fun of him. Later, the boy informed his friends, who are members of an outfit, who reached the spot and made him slap his classmate, the police said.

Police sources said, “Later, the boy who was slapped, told his friends what happened. His friends are reportedly members of a religious outfit.” (Read more)

10:24 (IST)13 Oct 2021
In photos: house collapse in Bengaluru

Here are some more pictures from the collapse of the building at Kamalanagar, Shankarnag bus stand. 

2023 assembly election in Karnataka will be my last, says H.D. Kumaraswamy

 

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said that the 2023 assembly elections in Karnataka will be his last, and sought an opportunity from the people to independently run a government for five years, so as to implement programmes for the larger public good. "I have been the Chief Minister twice with your blessings. I have decided that the 2023 assembly election will be my last fight. It is not for me to come to power or become the Chief Minister. With the blessings of God, I have already been Chief Minister twice, despite not having a majority," Kumaraswamy said.

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