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Bangalore news Sept 16 highlights: Will never compromise Kannada’s importance, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa says

Bangalore news Sept 16 highlights: Get the latest updates on Bangalore traffic, Bangalore weather, the events in Bangalore today and much more in our daily live blog.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Monday that all official languages are equal. (File)

Bangalore news Sept 16 highlights: Clarifying his stance on the Centre’s One Nation One Language proposal, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa Monday clarified that all official languages are “equal.” He wrote on Twitter, “All official languages in our country are equal. However, as far as Karnataka is concerned, #Kannada is the principal language. We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promote Kannada and our state’s culture.”

Meanwhile, taking a jibe at the BJP-led governments in Karnataka and in the Centre, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the leaders for showing “no response” even after 45 days since the devastating floods and landslides hit the state.

In a series of tweets made on Monday, the former CM said, “@narendramodi  had time to visit 3 places in a day during elections but has no time to visit even 1 place in 45 days.”

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Kannada channels fall for columnist’s joke, report Tamil Nadu has got GI tag for Mysore Pak

In a gaffe, various Kannada news channels misunderstood a satirical tweet by columnist Anand Ranganathan and reported that the government had given Tamil Nadu the GI tag for Mysore Pak, a popular South Indian sweet.

It all began when Ranganathan tweeted a photo of himself with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with a caption that read, “Pleased to receive this token of appreciation, on behalf of the one-man-committee for granting of the Mysore Pak GI tag to Tamil Nadu. Talks are proceeding smoothly. WDTT” 

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PM Modi likely to inaugurate Kalaburagi airport on Karnataka Formation Day

The much-awaited Kalaburagi airport is likely to be inaugurated on Karnataka Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day) November 1. The airport was constructed under Public-Private Partnership at a cost of Rs 175.5 crore and will now connect Bengaluru with the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

In August 2018, a trial landing was successfully conducted on the Kalaburagi airport runway.

Gulbarga MP Umesh Jadhav said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and himself were trying to get the Kalaburagi airport inaugurated on November 1 by Modi. “The airport was functional the pending work is also going to complete soon and which would prepare it for commercial operations,” Jadhav said. Read more

All official languages in the country equal: CM Yediyurappa

‘Modi visited 3 places a day during elections but not even 1 in 45 days,’ Siddaramaiah takes jibe at BJP governments

Taking a jibe at the BJP-led governments in Karnataka and in the Centre, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the leaders for showing “no response” even after 45 days since the devastating floods and landslides hit the state.

In a series of tweets made on Monday, the former CM said, “@narendramodi  had time to visit 3 places in a day during elections but has no time to visit even 1 place in 45 days.”

Now, Bengaluru cops to get offs on their birthdays

Cops in Bengaluru will now get a day off work on their birthday, thanks to the novel initiative put in place by the Bengaluru City Police (BCP) Commissioner.

Claimed to be the first-of-its-kind initiative in India, the Bengaluru City Police department will also send birthday cards — electronically signed by the City Police Commissioner — to the police officials.

A circular confirming the same was issued by City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao, directing jurisdictional senior police officers to send out birthday cards in the city including to housekeeping staff and home guards. Read more

Union minister Sadananda Gowda gets plea to ban e-cigarettes

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Eshwarappa’s ‘outrageous statements not in tune with democratic system’: Karnataka Congress

The Karnataka Congress Monday condemned comments made by Karnataka Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K S Eshwarappa. The senior leader, who ahead of the LS polls made a controversial comment that Muslims won’t be given tickets by BJP, said patriotic Muslims will vote for the saffron party while those who are pro-Pakistan will hesitate.

Reacting to this, the Karnataka Congress said in a tweet, "Such outrageous statements is not in tune with democratic system."

Bengaluru has over 91 lakh voters

According to data confirmed in the wake of the Electors Verification Programme (EVP), Bengaluru has over 91 lakh voters. While most voters fall under the Bengaluru Urban jurisdiction (32.71 lakh), Bengaluru South records the least (20.02 lakh), as per the data collected by BBMP officials.

IISc, Wipro join hands for driverless car on Indian roads with potholes, cattle

Building an autonomous or driverless car for Indian roads may seem like an impossibility — given the volume of traffic in cities, the unpredictability of road conditions, the behaviour of people, accident rates and even the presence of stray cattle. However, scientists and researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IT major Wipro Ltd have joined hands to create a driverless car for Indian conditions with a targeted rollout date of March 2020. Read more

Inspection on Hosapete -Kotturu railway line underway

CSMST Smart Aerospace Composite manufacturing facility inauguration today

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the smart aerospace composite manufacturing facility at CSMST at 12.30 pm today. He will also lay the foundation stone for the systems check facility and aircraft integration facility during the event.

BBMP Mayor elections: BJP keen to bag top posts

With the elections to the posts of Bengaluru's Mayor and Deputy Mayor scheduled to be held on September 27, it is likely that the BJP will be keen on bagging both the top posts this time.

With the BJP recording 125 of the total 257 votes which consist of 28 MLAs, five MPs from the Lok Sabha and nine MPs from the Rajya Sabha, 22 MLCs, and 198 councillors, the Congress is likely to pull their strings only for the deputy mayor's post.

As many predict that the Congress will not combine powers with the Janata Dal (Secular), strong lobbying for the top posts have already begun within the BJP, according to sources.

The election, conducted by the regional commissioner, will be held at the Kempegowda Paura Sabangana, in the headquarters of Bengaluru's local civic body BBMP.

Also read: With polls around the corner, BJP hoping to wrest control of BBMP from Cong-JD(S) coalition

Pankaj Advani wins World title no. 22 at IBSF World Billiards Championship

Pankaj Advani, one of India’s most consistent sportspersons, on Sunday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship here.

“It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special,” said the champion athlete. Read more

Union Health Minister in town today

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will be in Bengaluru on Monday to preside over the 24th Convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa will be the guest of honour for the same scheduled to be held this evening.

We are many languages: Jairam Ramesh

"…we may have one nation-one tax, but one nation-one language will never be a reality…we are one nation- we are many languages, we are one nation- many countries,” Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh said in Bengaluru. 

He began his Sir M Visvesvaraya memorial lecture- “A Prime Minister and an Engineer”  by addressing the dignitaries, including the Governor and Chief Minister and the audience in English Kannada, Hindi, saying “I have spoken in three languages in one minute, just to give you a message….”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday had pitched for Hindi as a common language for the country, reigniting the debate on the issue as parties in the South said they would oppose any attempt to “impose” the language.

Congress too had cautioned against stirring up “emotive” issues “settled” by those who framed the Constitution, after Shah said that while diversity in languages is India’s strength, a national language is needed so that foreign languages and cultures do not overpower the country’s own. Read more

Rain, strong winds in forecast for Bangalore today

The weatherman has predicted rain accompanied by strong winds in Bengaluru for the day. According to India Meteorological Department's daily report, "Surface wind likely to be strong and gusty at times. Maximum & Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 21 degree Celsius respectively."

Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours in Krishnarajapuram on Saturday as they were left unattended, and deprived of platform/travel time information.

Meanwhile, with an increase in demand for its Ambaari Dream Class Volvo sleeper service, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) has decided to double the size of its fleet from 12 to 24 by 2020.

READ| KSRTC to double its Ambaari Dream Class fleet by 2020

At the same time, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested 40 people in raids conducted on two illegal gambling clubs in Bengaluru City on Friday night. The agency also seized an amount of Rs 1.17 lakh in the raids conducted at Sinchana Recreation Association Club and Mass royal Recreation Club.

READ| 40 people detained in raids on two illegal gambling clubs, Rs 1.17 lakh seized

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