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By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 24, 2022 3:26:27 pm
Rudragowda D. Patil being taken to the CID office in Kalaburagi, Karnataka. (ANI photo)

Bengaluru Highlights: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detained Rudragowda D. Patil, the main accused in the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam, and brought him to its office late Saturday night, in Kalaburagi, Karnataka.

Amid speculations over whether it will be cabinet expansion or rejig in Karnataka, ahead of assembly polls next year, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday maintained that he would get to know about it only after discussing with the BJP high command. “I will get to know about it only after discussion with the party high command,” Bommai told reporters in response to a question whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle this time. Asked whether new faces will be given a chance in the cabinet, he said it will be known when the announcement is made.

Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel on Saturday accused the opposition Congress party of encouraging riots and creating anarchy-like situation, ahead of the Assembly elections in the state and even called it a “Gangotri of Corruption”. He advocated strong laws and steps to stop communal flare-ups and riots in the state, including confiscating the property of those behind it. The chief of the ruling party in the state, was speaking to reporters in Bengaluru after a meeting with party office-bearers as part of a state-wide tour by leaders in three teams, aimed at preparing the BJP from the grass-root level for the 2023 Assembly polls.

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11:45 (IST)24 Apr 2022
Cloudy sky, max temp of 32°C likely in Bengaluru

A generally cloudy sky has been forecast for Bengaluru for the next 24 hours. Mist very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 32 and 23 degrees Celsius, respectively.

21:29 (IST)23 Apr 2022
In picture | Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot takes part in Mangalore University's 40th convocation

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot with Supreme Court Judge Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Mangalore University Vice Chancellor P.S. Yadapadithaya, during the 40th convocation of Mangalore University, in Mangaluru, Saturday.

(PTI Photo)

19:26 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Bommai says BJP high command to decide on cabinet expansion or rejig

Amid speculations over whether it will be cabinet expansion or rejig in Karnataka, ahead of assembly polls next year, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday maintained that he would get to know about it only after discussing with the BJP high command.

He had recently said that BJP national President J P Nadda will hold a special meeting on Karnataka in New Delhi, and thereafter Bommai will be called to the national capital to decide on the cabinet exercise.

"I will get to know about it only after discussion with the party high command," Bommai told reporters in response to a question whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle this time. Asked whether new faces will be given a chance in the cabinet, he said it will be known when the announcement is made. (PTI)

18:49 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Cong will try to announce candidates 6 months ahead of K'taka assembly polls: Siddaramaiah

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Saturday indicated that the party will try to announce its candidates six months ahead of the 2023 assembly elections in Karnataka, where it aims to win at least 150 seats to come to power.

The leader of opposition in the legislative assembly however did not wish to reveal the constituency from which he will be contesting the polls and the Congress' Chief Ministerial face.

"Rahul Gandhi has said that we should win at least 150 seats (in 225 member assembly.....we will try to (announce candidates six months before the election)," Siddaramaiah told reporters in response to a question. (PTI)

18:44 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Hubli stone-pelting incident: MIM corporator Nazir Ahmed arrested

The Karnataka Police Saturday arrested AIMIM corporator Nazir Ahmed Honyal, in connection with the stone-pelting incident at Old Hubli Police Station.

18:20 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Attestation parade of new recruits of Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre held

A ceremonial attestation parade of the recruits was held at Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre here on Saturday.

A total of 404 recruits were attested after successful completion of their training and would soon be reporting for duty at different parts of the country.

The Parade was commanded by Recruit Dighe Pratik Chandrakant while the Parade Adjutant was Major US Pillai.

18:14 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Congress releases audio raising questions about another sub-inspector test

Even as the Karnataka Criminal Investigation Department’s inquiry into the police sub-inspector recruitment scam is underway, a new audio clip has surfaced raising suspicions about another sub-inspectors recruitment test.

Releasing the audio clip at a press conference, Congress MLA Priyank Kharge said on Saturday, “With the audio evidence, it seems that even the PSI exam which was supposed to be held (in February) to fill 402 posts was also on the verge of being compromised,” he said.

“The money reaches the high officials of the government and politicians. Without their involvement, such a huge fraud cannot be committed,” Kharge said, adding that those arrested in the scam were small fish but the kingpin was yet to be caught. At least 300 aspirants were involved in rigging the exam held to recruit 545 police sub-inspectors in October 2021, he alleged. Read more

18:14 (IST)23 Apr 2022
2 Dalit youths tortured to death in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district, cops hunt for accused

Two Dalit youths were allegedly tortured to death in Tumakuru district of Karnataka on Thursday night, the police said Saturday after a preliminary investigation following the discovery of the youths’ bodies in a pond on Friday. While the duo was accused of theft, the police said they are trying to find out if there was any other reason that led the accused to torture the two to death.

The police suspect more than six persons were involved in the murder and have formed teams to arrest the accused. The teams are headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police-rank officer.

The Dalit organisations in Tumakuru district have demanded strict action against the accused. Gubbi police have registered a case and are probing. Read more

15:58 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Mangaluru: Woman hit by speeding BMW dies at hospital

A 47-year-old woman riding a scooter, who was hit by a speeding BMW car after it jumped the divider, died at a private hospital in Mangaluru on Saturday. The accident took place on April 9.

The doctors declared the woman, identified as Preethi Manoj, brain dead and later, her family members decided to donate her organs. Read more

15:45 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Cong encouraging riots, trying to create anarchy ahead of Assembly polls: Nalin Kumar Kateel

Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel on Saturday accused the opposition Congress party of encouraging riots and creating anarchy-like situation, ahead of the Assembly elections in the state and even called it a "Gangotri of Corruption". He advocated strong laws and steps to stop communal flare-ups and riots in the state, including confiscating the property of those behind it.

The chief of the ruling party in the state, was speaking to reporters here after a meeting with party office-bearers as part of a state-wide tour by leaders in three teams, aimed at preparing the BJP from the grass-root level for the 2023 Assembly polls.

"Congress is misleading the people of the state and trying to bring a bad name to the government. As the opposition it has the right to oppose the anti-people policies of the government if any and caution it, but it is indulging in communal flare-up," Kateel told reporters here. (PTI)

10:55 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Bengaluru police arrest 2 thieves, solve 22 house robbery cases

The Bengaluru police Friday cracked 22 cases at one go by arresting two thieves who had carried out a series of house thefts in the city and recovered gold worth Rs 79.64 lakh and several other valuables.

According to the police, Vinod Kumar alias Sharif, a habitual offender with several theft cases against his name, and Rohit Mondal learnt to commit house thefts by watching YouTube videos.

The police said that Kumar, who hails from Hyderabad, was arrested in six house theft cases in 2015. After he got bail, he went to Kolkata to work as a cab driver and it was there that he met Mondal, police said. In 2020, Kumar allegedly moved to Bengaluru with his wife, a Bangladeshi, and later asked Mondal to join him. According to the police, Kumar wanted to move to Europe and decided to steal to make easy money. Read more.

09:15 (IST)23 Apr 2022
It may be a stray incident: CM on two students skipping exam for not allowing hijab-wearing

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday termed as stray incident two students not appearing for the second PUC (class 12) exam after being denied permission to enter the examination hall as they were wearing hijabs.

"I'm not aware of it, it may be a stray incident. Our Education Minister will look into it," the Chief Minister, who was in Kalaburagi district to attend BJP meetings, told reporters when asked about the girls not writing the exam after not being allowed to do so as they had the hijabs on."

Asked if the two students would be given another chance to write the exam, he said, "Whatever the Education Minister will say on this will be our (govt) stand." The two girls arrived at the exam centre by wearing hijab. They insisted that they be allowed to write the exam wearing hijab but the college authorities, citing the High Court order, denied them entry. Later, the girls returned home. (PTI)

08:53 (IST)23 Apr 2022
Sustainability project of 25 rainwater-recharge wells starts in Bengaluru suburb

In an effort to replenish the groundwater, DCB Bank on Thursday inaugurated a sustainability project of 25 rainwater-recharge wells at Jalahalli, a suburb of Bengaluru, in conjunction with India Cares Foundation. The pilot project will eventually be expanded to other parts of the Karnataka capital.

The project also aims to offer livelihood opportunities to the Manu Vaddar community (traditional well-diggers).

Said Gaurav Mehta, the bank’s head of marketing and corporate social responsibility, “The rainwater recharge well is a very powerful tool to manage groundwater for a city–especially Bengaluru. They also help in urban flood control, it counters reduced recharge due to urbanisation and it helps monitor the revival of the shallow unconfined aquifer, which historically was Bengaluru’s source of domestic water. If ever there was a simple, powerful image or symbol that can both communicate and achieve physical outcomes for a city’s rainwater and groundwater management, it is the recharge well.” Read more.

Preethi Manoj

Mangaluru: Woman hit by speeding BMW dies at hospital

A 47-year-old woman riding a scooter, who was hit by a speeding BMW car after it jumped the divider, died at a private hospital in Mangaluru on Saturday. The accident took place on April 9.

The doctors declared the woman, identified as Preethi Manoj, brain dead and later, her family members decided to donate her organs.

Congress releases audio raising questions about another sub-inspector test

Even as the Karnataka Criminal Investigation Department’s inquiry into the police sub-inspector recruitment scam is underway, a new audio clip has surfaced raising suspicions about another sub-inspectors recruitment test.

Releasing the audio clip at a press conference, Congress MLA Priyank Kharge said on Saturday, “With the audio evidence, it seems that even the PSI exam which was supposed to be held (in February) to fill 402 posts was also on the verge of being compromised.”

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