Bengaluru news highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Thursday said his government plans to introduce a new employment policy soon, which will give impetus to job creation and reduce unemployment in the State. He also said there is a need to upgrade higher education and professional courses to global learning standards and hence the Higher Education and Skills Development Departments are working in unison to this effect.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Thursday approved the contentious anti-conversion bill amidst opposition from Congress leaders. It will now be sent to the council for approval. Law Minister J C Madhuswamy had earlier locked horns with former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Siddharamaiah, with the former alleging that the bill was conceived during the latter’s tenure. The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, commonly known as the anti-conversion Bill, has several contentious provisions, including a maximum punishment of 10 years of imprisonment for forcible conversion of persons from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe communities, minors and women, to another religion.
Even as the House was debating the passage of the bill, news broke that a church in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district was vandalised by miscreants early Thursday morning.
Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar said Thursday that 12 new cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been detected in the state, taking the total tally of variant cases to 31. Ten of the 12 news cases have been detected in Bengaluru, while one each have been detected in Mysuru and Mangalore, said the Minister on Twitter. Most of the patients are UK returnees