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Bengaluru News Highlights: Congress to hold protest in Hubballi against delay in implementation of Mahadayi project

Bengaluru News Highlights: Earlier, highlighting the delays in the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri project, Karnataka CM Bommai had announced its implementation in a bid to boost the electoral prospects of the BJP in the Kittur Karnataka region.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2023 07:53 IST
The announcement of the implementation of Kalasa-Bhanduri project by Bommai came as a blow for the Congress party, which has planned a rally in Hubballi today to demand the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri and Mahadayi projects. (Representational Photo/File)

Bengaluru News Highlights: The Congress party will be holding a massive rally on Monday to demand the implementation of  Mahadayi project in the state. Earlier on December 29, highlighting that the Kalasa-Banduri project is being delayed for the past several decades, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai announced its implementation in a bid to boost the electoral prospects of the BJP in the Kittur Karnataka region. The Kalasa-Banduri Project, a dam, has been designed to divert water from the Mhadei basin to the deficit basin of the Mala-prabha river.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, in the meantime, on Sunday, dismissed the speculations of a merger between Karnataka’s popular milk and dairy products brand ‘Nandini’ and Anand Milk Union Ltd (Amul) of Gujarat. He said that the Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Karnataka’s Mandya for pushing “cooperation” between the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) and the Anand Milk Union Limited (Amul) in Gujarat was being misinterpreted. The statement made by Shah on Friday had not gone down well with the citizens and the Opposition to save the brand ‘Nandini’.

In other news,  Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar Saturday announced that travellers from high-risk countries like China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand will be quarantined for seven days from the date of arrival. The health department informed that Karnataka is reporting about 30 to 40 cases daily and the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) has been around 0.59 per cent to 0.7 per cent for the last five months.

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Bengaluru news highlights: Nandini brand to remain independent, no merger on the cards, says Karnataka CM Bommai; travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries to be quarantined for 7 days in Karnataka and more. Follow all the latest updates from Bengaluru here.

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Karnataka forest dept reaches out to schoolkids to educate them about Bandipur Tiger Reserve

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Businessman death by suicide case: Congress leaders demand arrest of Karnataka BJP MLA

Two days after the death of a 47-year-old businessman in Bengaluru, following which Karnataka BJP MLA Arvind Limbavali and five others were named in the FIR, Congress leaders Tuesday demanded the government to arrest Limbavali and provide justice to the victim’s family.

Pradeep S, 47, a resident of Ambalipura in Whitefield, reportedly shot himself with a licensed gun around 5.30 pm on January 1 while returning from Woodrose resort near Kaggalipura, where he had gone with his wife’s family. Read More

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Narayan Ramachandran launches book on biodiversity habitat authored by Dhanvantari Arogyashram chairman

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Kannada rappers Chindi Chitranna, Kata call out Bengaluru’s infamous potholes

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The track calls out how the government has ‘recklessly’ spent the income of citizens without paying heed to Bengaluru’s crater-filled roads and the problems they cause to commuters. Read More

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Story is the star: The global appeal of south Indian cinema

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“Burn my body and post death rituals are unnecessary. Please do not build any memorial,” was the death will written by Karnataka’s Jnanayogashrama head Siddeshwara Swami in 2014.

Prominent Lingayat Seer Siddeshwara Swami died at the age of 81 following age-related complications Monday night. He was among the best-known seers from North Karnataka known for his spiritual discourses. Read More

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Prominent Lingayat seer Siddeshwara Swami dead

Prominent Lingayat seer Siddeshwara Swami died at the age of 81 following age-related complications. He was among the best-known seers from North Karnataka and renowned for his spiritual discourses.

Vijayapura Deputy Commissioner Vijaymahantesh Danammanavar said that the seer breathed his last at around 6 pm Monday. The public will be allowed to pay last respects from 4.30 am Tuesday at Jnanayogashram. It will be then shifted to Sainik School at 6.30 am where the mortal remains will be kept till 3 pm. The last rites will be performed at 5 pm. Read More

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The victim was identified as Layasmitha, a first-year engineering student at Presidency University College located in the Rajanukunte police limits. The accused is identified as Pawan Kalyan, a first-year BCA student at Nrupathunga University. Read More

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Nandini brand to remain independent, no merger on the cards: Karnataka CM Bommai

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday dismissed speculations of a merger between Karnataka’s popular milk and dairy products brand Nandini and Anand Milk Union Ltd (Amul) of Gujarat.

Such ‘rumours’, he said, were due to the misinterpretation of statements made by Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah. Nandini is a brand of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), a government-run cooperative. Read More

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‘Biggest gift of my life’: Haryana man reunites with wife who went missing nine years ago

Kehar Singh, 55, from Haryana had a reason to celebrate the New Year in a big way as he reunited with his missing wife after nine years at Kodagu on Saturday. Thanks to a Karnataka-based shelter home that took care of her for four years and also contacted her family in Haryana. Read More

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“Nobody should raise an objection to the water share awarded by the Tribunal,” he said referring to the 2020 Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal allocating 13.42 tmcft from River Mahadayi to Karnataka.

“Karnataka does not require any permission (from Goa) to use the water awarded to the state,” he told reporters. Read More

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Behind CM Bommai scotching of Nandini-Amul buzz: Opp milking of row, regional flare-up fear

As Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah’s statement on Karnataka’s dairy cooperative drew fire from sections of the Opposition, netizens and farmer leaders, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai swiftly joined issue with them to rule out the question of merger of the state’s popular dairy brand Nandini with Gujarat’s Amul. Read More

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After ‘credit’ war, BJP leaders now divided over naming Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway

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In a shuffling exercise, four IPS officers transferred by Karnataka Govt

As part of a shuffling exercise within police administration in the state, the Karnataka government Monday transferred four IPS officers from their current positions until further orders. 

Sri N. Satheesh Kumar, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Northern Eastern Range, Kalaburgi will now continue as the IGP of Northern Range, Belagavi, until further orders. 

The IGP and Commissioner of Police, Hubballi-Dharwad city, Sri Labhu Ram, has, moreover, been transferred to an upgraded post with immediate effect, as the IGP, Intelligence. The current IGP of Northern Range, Belagavi, has, therefore, been posted as the Deputy IGP and Commissioner of Police of the Hubballi-Dharwad city.

According to the gazette notification, Sri Anupam Agrawal, the Deputy IGP & Director of the Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru has also been transferred to a downgraded post as the Deputy IGP of the Northern Eastern range in Kalaburgi. 

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The Assembly approved an increase in the SC and ST quotas even as the Bommai Cabinet allowed the reclassification of Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities in an attempt to boost the BJP’s prospects in the coming Assembly elections. It also passed a resolution on the border row amid simmering tensions with Maharashtra. Read Akram M's piece here. 

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Bengaluru businessman ‘kills himself’; BJP MLA and five others named in note

Pradeep S, a 47-year-old resident of Ambalipura in Whitefield, allegedly shot himself dead with a licensed gun around 5:30 pm while returning from the Woodrose resort near Kaggalipura, where he had gone with his wife’s family.

He was allegedly found dead in his car with a bullet injury on Bengaluru’s outskirts on January 1. In an eight-page purported suicide note, he wrote that BJP MLA Aravind Limbavali and five others had cheated him, the police said. Read more here.

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Nobody can dare occupy an inch at Indo-China border when ITBP is on patrol: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Saturday that nobody could dare occupy even an inch of land when Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel patrolled the Indo-China border.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Central Detective Training Institute and inaugurating the ITBP’s residential and administrative complexes at Devanahalli near Bengaluru.

“Among the central armed police forces, the ITBP works in the most treacherous terrain in the country. We cannot even imagine… Protecting the borders of our nation at -42 degrees Celsius is possible only due to the great determination and patriotism of the soldiers,” he said.

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First published on: 01-01-2023 at 08:36 IST
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