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Bengaluru News Highlights: Court rejects bail plea of co-accused hostel warden in Karnataka seer sexual assault case

Bengaluru News Highlights: The Karnataka government has finalised a tender valued at Rs 859 crore for the construction of a 25-km second stretch of the proposed Bengaluru suburban railway system, state infrastructure and housing minister V Somanna said Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk
Bengaluru | Updated: September 23, 2022 10:11:31 pm
Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru.

Bengaluru News Highlights: A district court in Karnataka’s Chitradurga region has rejected the bail plea of the warden of a girls’ hostel attached to the Murugharajendra Mutt, who has been accused of abetting the sexual assault of two minor girls by the chief pontiff of the mutt. The warden was arrested along with Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, the seer of the influential Lingayat mutt, earlier this month in connection with charges of sexual assault and sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The district court is scheduled to decide on the bail plea of the seer this week.

In other news, the National Investigation Agency on Thursday raided several Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders and offices and arrested seven of the leaders. “These searches were conducted at the houses and offices of top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations,” an NIA statement said.

The Supreme Court has stayed a corruption case filed against former Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa by a social activist T J Abraham. The case pertains to alleged payment of bribes to the tune of Rs 12 crore by a construction firm for a contract to build a BDA housing complex in Bengaluru. The Lokayukta police registered an FIR in the matter against Yediyurappa and members of his family, a minister, a bureaucrat and private businessmen last week on the basis of a Karnataka HC order negating the requirement of a sanction by the Governor to prosecute the former CM.

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Bengaluru News Highlights: NIA raids PFI leaders’ houses and offices, protests erupt in Mangaluru

20:18 (IST)23 Sep 2022
PayCM posters row: Police detain congress leaders

Police detained Congress leaders, who carried out the campaign of posting 'PayCM' posters, along Race Course Road in Bengaluru on Friday. 

AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala says that the BJP government is unnerved by the campaign.

20:13 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Accused in IS case wanted to establish Caliphate: Karnataka Police

Karnataka police is on the loook out for the prime accused in a terror case registered in Shivamogga, wherein which the accused had links to the terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS).

The accused is identified as Shariq (24), a resident of Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district. Two others Maaz Muneer Ahmed (22) and Syed Yasin (21) – both engineering graduates were nabbed by the police earlier this week. Read more.

19:38 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Repair work at Sumanahalli flyover to get over in a month: BBMP chief commissioner

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will take a month to complete the repair work at Sumanahalli flyover located along the Outer Ring Road linking Mysuru road and Tumakuru road, the chief commissioner of the civic body has said. The repair work was undertaken by the civic body on September 22, three days after a hole was spotted on the flyover. Read more.

19:38 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Sonia, Priyanka Gandhi to participate in ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Karnataka

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would participate in the Karnataka leg of the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” led by Rahul Gandhi that will be entering the state on September 30, state party chief D K Shivakumar said on Friday.

Noting that the Karnataka Congress has made preparations for the yatra by giving responsibility to leaders, Shivakumar said Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will be participating in the yatra here; they will be giving dates. Read more. 

17:29 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Karnataka Industries Department to acquire 50,000 acres of land to set up industries in state

The Karnataka Industries Department plans to acquire an additional 50,000-acre land to set up industries in the state.

20,000 acres will be acquired around Bengaluru and the remaining land in other parts of the state, says Industries minister Murugesh Nirani

17:25 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Actor threatens action against Karnataka Congress for using his image without permission

The bullish campaign of the opposition Congress against the ruling BJP government hit a hurdle after actor Akhil Iyer threatened to initiate legal action against Karnataka Congress for using his image without consent in its campaign.

His image appeared on a poster shared by the page '40% sarkara' (40% government), which takes a dig at the state BJP government. "The gluttony of 40% Sarkara has robbed over 54,000 youths of a career", the poster reads with a monochrome image of the actor in the background.

The post was part of the ongoing campaign of Congress targeting the BJP over allegations of corruption leveled against the state government under Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Akhil, who took offence at the use of his image, shared the post on Twitter and said that he would take legal action.

When contacted, Priyank Kharge, MLA and head of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee communication cell, said that the post was pulled down following the tweet.

"Generally we only use Shutterstock images for such campaigns. I am not sure whether the image was used due to oversight," he said.

16:29 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Bengaluru evening weather update

Isolated light rain likely over BBMP area until tomorrow. The maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 29 and 20 degree celcius respectively.

15:27 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission revises fuel adjustment costs of ESCOMs

Following a steep increase in coal purchase price, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has revised the Fuel Adjustment Cost (FAC) of all ESCOMs for six months effective from October 1, 2022. 

Allowing the applications submitted by all ESCOMs, the KERC in its order dated September 19, 2022, permits BESCOM to collect 43 paise of FAC per unit sale of energy from October 2022 to March 2023 from the customers. 

As per regulations of the KERC (Fuel Cost Adjustment Charges) 2013, the commission allows ESCOMs to collect the fuel cost adjustment charges per unit of the sale in all the energy bills, to be issued to their customers starting from October 1, 2022 to March  31, 2023, said BESCOM Managing Director, Mahantesh Bilagi.

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15:19 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka to start from Sept 30

The Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra to start from September 30 at Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar district.

The yatra will be suspended for a two-day period during Dusshera festival, according to the Karnataka Congress.

13:12 (IST)23 Sep 2022
After NIA raids PFI, Bengaluru police arrest 14 for ‘plotting communal trouble’

In the wake of nationwide raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its office bearers, the Bengaluru police Thursday registered separate cases of allegedly attempting to wage war and provocation at religious places, and arrested 14 men, including two from Bengaluru, officials said.

“The case was registered in the wake of credible information that the accused persons were plotting to create communal disturbances,” the Bengaluru police said in an official statement on Friday. Some of those arrested have a history of involvement in previous cases of rioting, officers added.

The case was registered at K G Halli police station, which had witnessed an incident of rioting in 2020 over an inflammatory social media posting. The police have invoked section 121 of the India Penal Code (IPC) which relates to waging war against the country and section 153A of the IPC which pertains to provocation for rioting at a religious place. Read more. 

13:11 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Bengaluru residents protest against waste processing plant.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) principal bench, New Delhi, has ordered a joint committee of Regional Director, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the regional officers of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to prepare an action plan to stop the leakage of leachate from the waste processing plant located in Chikkanagamangala in the electronic city.

A copy of the order passed by the NGT on September 20 was shared with the media Thursday.

“We have heard Counsel for the State PCB (Pollution Control Board) and BBMP. We find it difficult to accept the stand of the BBMP that there is no leakage from the sewage plant in question. The fact that a work order has now been issued for construction of the leachate plant itself shows that currently leachate is not properly treated,”the NGT said. Read more. 

10:56 (IST)23 Sep 2022
SWD encroachment: 2 buildings demolished in Bengaluru’s Mahadevapura zone

The civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday knocked down two buildings that the authorities claimed to be built on stormwater drain (SWD) in the Mahadevapura zone.

“A one-storey building (Ground floor + one) has been constructed on the SWD at Shanti Niketan Layout near Munnekolala in Mahadevapura zone. The tahsildar from the revenue department has already served a notice on those living in the house and asked them to vacate. Accordingly, once the house was vacated the entire building was razed today using a JCB,” the BBMP said in a statement. (Read more)

09:53 (IST)23 Sep 2022
Weather update for today

Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, according to a 9 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru.

A partly cloudy sky is also expected. Rain is likely in the next 48 hours. 

22:23 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Metropolitan Land Transport Authority Bill

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority Bill, which proposes forming a new Authority to coordinate between various transport bodies of the city, to be tabled in Legislative Assembly on Friday. The Bill is unlikely to be enacted as it is being tabled on the last day of the monsoon session.

22:20 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Cleaning of Lalbagh Lake Bengaluru conducted by Karnataka Battalion NCC

3 Karnataka Battalion NCC under Group ‘A’, Bengaluru conducted  Cleaning of Lalbagh Lake in Bengaluru  on 22 Sep 2022 from 1100hrs to 1300hrs under Puneet Sagar Abhiyan to mark the 75th year of Independence  which  is   a nationwide flagship programme of the National Cadet Corps aimed at educating people to clean seashores, rivers, lakes  and other water bodies of plastic and other waste materials.

The Abhiyan was flagged off by Group Commander Col Basant Singh, ‘A’ Group  Bengaluru along with Lt Col Damodaran PP, Commanding Officer 3Karnataka Battalion. Total 481 Cadets from various institutions of ‘A’ Group, Bengaluru participated in the event with great enthusiasm. The cadets interacted with  local population and spread the awareness on importance of keeping our water bodies free of plastic and other waste.  The cadets collected 60kgs of plastic and other waste and handed  over to Mr.Sunil, representative of Shakti Plastic,  which is doing a  social service to the people by producing various products from recycled plastic.

The event was graced by Ms.Yamuna Srinidhi, Famous TV & Movie artist and  an NCC alumni. representative from Department of Horticulture, Officers, PermanentInstructor Staff, Associate NCC Officers and Cadets.  The Group Commander appreciated the Cadets for their enthusiasm and whole hearted participation for making the event a grand  success.

22:06 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Karnataka: Mysuru Dasara-2022 inauguration

A delegation from Karnataka including union minister Pralhad Joshi, state ministers ST Somashekar, Shashikala Jolle, MP Pratap Simha and Mysuru city corporation mayor Shivakumar invited president of India Draupadi Murmu to inaugurate Mysuru Dasara -2022.

19:59 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Karnataka govt tables Bill to ensure reservation for Kannadigas in industries

To ensure a statutory mechanism for the use of Kannada in government offices, banks and in higher education, the Karnataka government Thursday tabled the Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill, 2022.

The Bill provides for reservation to Kannadigas in industries and other establishments as per the industrial policy of the state government. Any industry that does not comply with this provision will not be eligible for any concessions offered by the government. The government added that it can withdraw benefits from industries which fail to provide reservation in employment for Kannadigas. Click Here To Know More

19:07 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Bill passed to constitute 8 new universities in Karnataka

The Karnataka legislative Assembly Wednesday passed a Bill amending the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000 (Karnataka Act 29 of 2001), to constitute new universities such as Bidar University, Haveri University, Kodagu University, Chamarajanagar University, Hassan University, Koppal University, Mandya University and Bagalkot University in the respective district headquarters.

Once the new universities come into force, colleges located in these districts will be affiliated to the respective district universities and their affiliations from previous universities such as Gulbarga, Mysore, Karnataka and Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya universities, among others will be withdrawn. Read More

18:09 (IST)22 Sep 2022
PayCM posters: Bengaluru police arrest two Congress workers

The Bengaluru City police arrested Karnataka Congress social media coordinator B R Naidu and Congress IT cell member Gagan Yadav late Wednesday for allegedly pasting ‘PayCM’ posters in parts of the city, said officials Thursday.

The posters resembled the design and logo of PayTM, a digital payments company, and were found plastered on walls and at bus stops Wednesday morning. They contained the image of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in a QR code format and if scanned, the image directed people to the 40percentsarkara.com website launched by Karnataka Congress. Read More

16:20 (IST)22 Sep 2022
Escalated poster rivalry between BJP and Congress

The poster battle between the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress intensified Thursday. To counter the 'PayCM' posters of Congress, BJP released 'Scamramaiah' posters to corner the Congress.

Meanwhile, the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday knocked down two buildings that the authorities claimed to be built on stormwater drain (SWD) in the Mahadevapura zone. “A one-storey building (Ground floor + one) has been constructed on the SWD at Shanti Niketan Layout near Munnekolala in Mahadevapura zone. The tahsildar from the revenue department has already served a notice on those living in the house and asked them to vacate. Accordingly, once the house was vacated the entire building was razed today using a JCB,” the BBMP said in a statement.

‘PayCM’ posters at a bus stand in Bengaluru. (Express photo)

Behind Bengaluru doctor murder: fake Insta profile, nude photos, double identity

An architect meets a doctor on a dating website during the pandemic. Soon, they fall in love and decide to get married. The architect lets the doctor move in with her until they tie the knot. It is at this juncture that this Bengaluru story takes a chilling turn.

The architect, Pratibha (27), allegedly finds that her lover, Dr N Vikas Rajan (27), has been masquerading online as a woman and “sexting” other men — even sharing her nude photos with them to “prove” his identity. She allegedly confides in her friends about this and they decide to “make him face the consequences”. In the assault that follows, the doctor dies.

These are the key details of a murder case that has grabbed headlines in the tech city, according to police officers investigating the case and the FIR lodged on a complaint from Rajan’s elder brother Vijay Rajan.

Fined Rs 60,000 for touching idol, Karnataka Dalit family says will only worship Ambedkar now

“If God doesn’t like us, we will not pray to him. We will offer our prayers to Dr B R Ambedkar,” said Shobamma out of frustration. Shobamma was given a deadline to cough up a fine of Rs 60,000 by October 1 after her son touched a pole during a religious procession of the village. The offence: Shobamma belongs to a Dalit family.

Shobamma lives in Ullerahalli in Malur taluk of Kolar district, barely 60 km from Bengaluru, with her family. On September 9, Shobamma was penalised for her son’s “crime” but the incident came to light only on Monday when she narrated her ordeal to a few Dalit organisations of Kolar.

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First published on: 22-09-2022 at 03:19:31 pm
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