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Bangalore News Highlights: ACB searches on govt officials continue for the second day

Karnataka logged 254 fresh Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,94,255 and the toll to 38,185.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 26, 2021 10:06:00 am
A photo from the ACB raid in Karnataka. (Special Arrangement)

Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau officials are continuing their raids on govt officials’ residences on Thursday. The ACB had, on Wednesday, found Rs 25 lakh in cash, along with gold ornaments, hidden inside the PVC pipes of a state government employee’s house in Kalaburgi.

An ACB official said at least Rs 3.5 crore worth gold ornaments and Rs 15 lakh in cash were seized in Joint Director of Agriculture Department T S Rudreshappa’s Gadag residence.

Meanwhile, the bureau unearthed several alleged scams as it continued the raid on the city’s premier civic agency Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), including the sale of corner sites and crediting compensation to ineligible persons. The ACB officials say that the misappropriation of funds runs to more than Rs 200 crore and has caused a huge loss to the state exchequer.

In other news, heavy rains in parts of Karnataka over the last week have driven up vegetable prices in Bengaluru, with tomatoes now costing Rs 100-110 per kg in retail.

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Bangalore News Today Highlights: 254 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths in Karnataka; Tomatoes cost Rs 100-110 per kg following heavy rains; Karnataka ACB continues searches at govt officials' residences.

14:42 (IST)25 Nov 2021
BJP looking for JD(S) support in Karnataka MLC election, Yediyurappa drops hint

Ahead of the MLC election in Karnataka, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader B S Yediyurappa Wednesday in a speech during a rally hinted the saffron party is looking to have ties with Janata Dal-Secular JD(S).

This comes amid rumours that BJP and JD(S) are in talks to join hands for the polls. “BJP will soon decide and request JD(S) for their support in the polls,” the former Chief Minister said. (Read more)

12:44 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Meet Karnataka’s billionaire election candidate with Rs1,744 crore assets

He may have been a little known name in the party circles but Congress’ Yousuf Sharif has now got all the attention on him, thanks to a declared family worth of over Rs 1,000 crore, made in his poll affidavit for the December 10 Karnataka Legislative Council polls.

Congress' Yousuf Sharif has a declared family worth of over Rs 1,000 crore. (Photo via IANS)

Sharif, a multi billionaire who was earlier into selling scrap before foraying into real estate, has declared assets belonging to him and his family worth over Rs 1,744 crore, making him arguably the richest candidate among the lot. (Read more)

10:32 (IST)25 Nov 2021
ACB raids continue in Karnataka

The Anti-Corruption Bureau officials have continued their raids on govt officials' residences on Thursday. 

The ACB had, on Wednesday, found Rs 25 lakh in cash, along with gold ornaments, hidden inside the PVC pipes of a state government employee’s house in Kalaburgi. (Read more)

10:29 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Karnataka Legislative council polls: Meet the billionaire candidate with Rs 1,744 crore assets

He may have been a little known name in the party circles but Congress' Yousuf Sharif has now got all the attention on him, thanks to a declared family worth of over Rs 1,000 crore, made in his poll affidavit for the December 10 Karnataka Legislative Council polls.

Sharif, a multi billionaire who was earlier into selling scrap before foraying into real estate, has declared assets belonging to him and his family worth over Rs 1,744 crore, making him arguably the richest candidate among the lot. (PTI)

10:25 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Two arrested at Bengaluru airport for using fabricated passports to fly Abu Dhabi

Immigration officials at Bengaluru International Airport caught two men attempting to fly to Abu Dhabi with fabricated passports. 

According immirgation officials the incident reported on Saturday. Officials said "when we were inspecting their documents, we saw that they had torn the employment visa stamping sheet and pasted a visiting visa stamp on another sheet."

The arrested have been identified as Somireddy Palli(38) and Nagipogu Babu, (42) residents of Mahabubnagar.

10:25 (IST)25 Nov 2021
Two arrested at Bengaluru airport for using fabricated passports to fly Abu Dhabi

Immigration officials at Bengaluru International Airport caught two men attempting to fly to Abu Dhabi with fabricated passports. 

According immirgation officials the incident reported on Saturday. Officials said "when we were inspecting their documents, we saw that they had torn the employment visa stamping sheet and pasted a visiting visa stamp on another sheet."

The arrested have been identified as Somireddy Palli(38) and Nagipogu Babu, (42) residents of Mahabubnagar.

22:19 (IST)24 Nov 2021
PM Modi to inaugurate new campus of Ambedkar School of Economics University

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the new campus of Dr B R  Ambedkar School of Economics University in Bengaluru on December 6. 

The economics university has come up in the Jnanabharathi Campus of Bengaluru University. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a meeting on Wednesday evening to oversee the preparations for the inauguration programme.

21:22 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Bommai meets BBMP officials regarding Bengaluru flooding

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today held a meeting with BBMP offcals to discuss Bengaluru flooding. 

20:16 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Watch | Anti-Corruption Bureau finds cash and gold hidden in pipeline in Karnataka

In massive searches conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) across Karnataka on Wednesday, officials seized gold ornaments, cash and immovable assets, such as houses and plots, worth crores of rupees, owned by government officials.

20:13 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Karnataka records 254 new Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru tops list

Karnataka on Wednesday reported 254 coronvirus infections and three deaths. With 546 recoveries, the total number of active cases in the state at present is 6,412.

Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (152), as the city saw 464 discharges and one death.

Out of three deaths reported on Wednesday, one each was from Bengaluru Urban, Dharwad and Kalaburagi.

19:38 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Residents in Bengaluru's Varthur plant saplings to protest against BBMP's failure to repair road

Residents of Varthur in Bengaluru planted saplings in protest after demanding good stretch of roads for the past one year.

19:01 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Bigbasket forays into offline retail; unveils Fresho store in Bengaluru

Online grocery platform Bigbasket on Wednesday announced its foray into offline retail with the opening a new technology-driven, self-service 'Fresho' store in Bengaluru.

The launch is part of the company's vision to open 200 physical outlets pan India by 2023 and 800 by 2026, a statement said. The stores will offer high quality products at extremely competitive prices, it added.

The store in Basaveshwar Nagar in Bengaluru was inaugurated by three farmers, who are a part of Bigbasket's Farmer Connect programme. (PTI)

18:38 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Karnataka govt yet to act on forest department’s suggestion to declare defunct NGEF area as deemed forest

While the Karnataka government has not yet moved an inch in implementing former chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s proposal to convert the defunct New Government Electrical Factory (NGEF), Bengaluru unit into a tree park under the Bengaluru Mission 2022 programme, the official documents of the Karnataka forest department reveal that the state government was suggested by the department to declare the factory’s land as a deemed forest area.

Acting on the Karnataka High Court’s order of 2017 to enumerate the number of trees inside the campus, the Bengaluru south subdivision of the forest department informed the government that there were approximately 44,720 trees of 18 species. Based on the number of trees found on the campus, the division recommended the government to declare the area as a deemed forest. Read more

17:21 (IST)24 Nov 2021
BBMP allows usage of swimming pools in apartment complexes

With a gradual decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru, residents residing in apartment complexes, and gated communities will now be able to use gymnasiums, sporting facilities and swimming pools within the premises as long as they are adhering to the Covid protocols.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in a circular dated November 23 said that swimming pools can operate at 50% capacity and will have to display the number of people allowed in a batch at the entrance. Read more

16:42 (IST)24 Nov 2021
In purported video, DK Shivakumar agrees to install Sardar Patel photo after Siddaramaiah’s intervention

Nearly a month-old video of a purported conversation between Karnataka Congress chief Shivakumar and former chief minister Siddaramaiah at a program in Bengaluru on October 31 to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has gone viral on social media. 

In the video, Siddaramaiah can be heard asking about the absence of a portrait of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. “Today it is his (Sardar Patel) birth anniversary,” Siddaramaiah says in Kannada before asking Shivakumar, “There is no portrait of him?”

To which Shivakumar replies: “We never keep the photo (of Sardar Patel)”. read more

16:16 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Heavy rains in Karnataka drive up vegetable prices in Bengaluru

Heavy rains in parts of Karnataka over the last week have driven up vegetable prices in Bengaluru with most vegetables now costing over Rs 50 per kg. The incessant downpour has also destroyed crops in several areas, reducing the quality of vegetables arriving in the market.

Tomatoes now cost Rs 100-110 per kg in retail, up from Rs 80 last month. While capsicum costs Rs 130 per kg, brinjal sells at Rs 75 and onion at Rs 48 per kg.

The vegetables in Bengaluru mostly arrive from Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bengaluru Rural district, Ramanagara and Tumakuru, the districts affected by the recent rains. Read more

15:31 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Karnataka Youth Congress lodges complaint against Kangana Ranaut

Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (KPYCC) on Tuesday lodged a police complaint against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and journalist and co-founder of Do Politics Ajeet Bharti on their alleged remarks against freedom fighters.

A delegation led by KPYCC president MS Raksha Ramaiah lodged the complaint and demanded that the two be tried under various Sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, for their “unsavoury remarks against freedom fighters”.

KPYCC president said that their remarks have ruined the reputation of freedom fighters who struggled hard to get freedom. Read more

13:57 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Karnataka: Eight year old gang raped and murdered, four held

Karnataka police on Wednesday have arrested four persons who allegedly gang raped a eight year old girl and killed her in coastal district of Karnataka, Mangaluru.

The arrested are Jayban (21), Mukesh Singh (20), Muneem Singh (20), all native of Madhya Pradesh and Manish Tirki (33), native of Jharkhand. Mukesh, Jayban and Manish worked in Raj Tiles factory located in Vamanjoor in Mangaluru rural police limits. The victim's parents also worked in the same factory as labourer.

12:35 (IST)24 Nov 2021
Karnataka ACB raids on 15 government officials reveal massive unaccounted assets

In a massive raid conducted by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) across the state on Wednesday, the officials have seized crores worth gold ornaments, cash and immovable assets such as houses and plots owned by government officials.

The raids are conducted in 60 places with respect to disproportionate assets cases registered against 15 officers by a team of 8 SPs, 100 officers and 300 staff, said ACB.

While the raids have continued, an ACB official said that they have been able to seize Rs 3.5 crore worth gold ornaments and Rs 15 lakh cash in TS Rudreshappa, joint director of Agriculture department, Gadag's residences. However, the raids are yet to be concluded. 

12:02 (IST)24 Nov 2021
ACB raids on BDA expose irregularities; search likely to continue till Nov 29

Anti Corruption Bureau of Karnataka which has continued the raid on the premier civic agency Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) unearthed several scams which includes the sale of corner sites and crediting compensation to ineligible persons. The ACB officials says that the sum of misappropriation which has run more than Rs 200 crore has caused huge loss to the state exchequer.

On the third day of the raid on Tuesday, BDA zonal offices at RT Nagar, Banashankari, Vijayanagar, and HSR Layout were raided. The ACB said that they found that sale of corner sites which must be auctioned according to the government rules were sold to private people by creating forged documents.

The ACB officials who had conducted raids on last Friday and Saturday resumed its raid on Tuesday and are having the office keys of the offices as they suspect documents can be forged. An official in ACB said that they have taken a search warrant to conduct raids till November 29.

Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday paid a visit to Chikkaballapur district where 24 houses collapsed and 1,078 houses were partially damaged.

After opposition wrath, Karnataka CM visits rain-affected areas in Chikkaballapur district

Addressing the reporters, CM Bommai said, “Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts have suffered extensive losses for crops, houses and public property in the recent heavy rains. Preliminary reports on the losses had been obtained and a comprehensive report on exact destruction would be available in a couple of days. Exact compensation to be released would be decided on receiving the comprehensive report”.

He also issued orders for preparing a Detailed Project Report for construction of a Rajakaluve connecting Kandavara irrigation tank to Gopalakrishna tank to avoid flooding in the area.

Heavy rains no deterrent for drugs network, 3 gangs busted in southern states

The Bengaluru Zonal Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has in the last nine days busted three drug syndicates operating in the country’s southern states, seized banned narcotic substances and arrested six persons.

Amit Ghawate, Zonal Director (Chennai), said Sunday that based on inputs of the Bengaluru zonal unit, they have been able to seize 244 grams of amphetamine, 25 stamps of LSD, 2 grams of methaqualone, 40 grams of methamphetamine and 212.5 kg of ganja (all psychotropic substances) in three different operations over the last nine days.

 

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