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Bangalore news August 26 highlights: New Karnataka ministry portfolios announced; Three Deputy Chief Ministers in list

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Bengaluru | Updated: August 27, 2019 10:33 IST
Indira canteen BBMP Bangalore Indira Canteen is a food subsidisation programme run by the Government of Karnataka started by Former Chief Minister Siddaramaih on 15 August 2017. Express File Photo

Bangalore news Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa on Monday orders probe into alleged misuse of subsidy for Former CM Siddaramiah’s pet project Indira Canteen and irregularities in Mukhya Mantri Nagarothana scheme in BBMP limits.

Meanwhile, the residents of Jakkur are upset over the incomplete Railway Over Bridge (ROB) in the area in North Bengaluru. The ROB which has been pending for nine years, the resident welfare associations (RWAs) have launched a signature campaign seeking support for a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition.

According to reports, the construction of the ROB started in 2012, but has since been stuck in land acquisition issues. The Hennur flyover across ORR was also stuck over land acquisition issues for nearly a decade.

Due to the incomplete ROB interconnectivity between different parts of Jakkur has suffered as the terrible condition of the road has disrupted bus services.

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21:28 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Karnataka ministry portfolios announced

The new ministerial portfolios are:

Chief Minister: Yediyurappa

Deputy Chief Ministers:

Govind Karjol - Deputy Chief Minister (Public Works Department excluding Ports & Inland Transport, Social Welfare (excluding Minority Welfare), Backward Classes)

Ashwathnarayana -  Higher Education

Laxman Savadi  - Transport

Other ministers:

R Ashoka - Revenue

Jagadish Shettar - Large & Medium Scale Industries, excluding Sugar

S Suresh Kumar - Primary & Secondary Education

Basavaraj Bommai - Home

K S Eshwarappa - Rural Development and Panchayat Raj

J C Madhuswamy -  Law, Parliamentery Affairs and Legislation

B Sreeramulu - Health and Family Welfare (excluding Medical Education)

Chandrakantagouda Channappagouda Patil - Mining

Jolle Shashikala Annasaheb - Women & Child Welfare and Kannada & Culture

Prabhu Chauhan -  Animal Husbandry

V Somanna - Housing

H Nagesh - Excise

CT Ravi - Tourism, Kannada and culture

Kota Shrinivas Poojary - Fisheries and inland transport

18:48 (IST)26 Aug 2019
BIAL receives Plastic from BBMP which will be used to pave roads within the BLR Airport Campus

In a boost to its sustainability mission, the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) will receive approximately 11 tonnes of waste plastic from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). This plastic would be used to conduct trials that would enable BIAL to pave the roads within the Airport campus. BIAL has already taken the first step towards the management of plastic by banning single use plastic at the BLR Airport.

The plastic was handed over to a team from BIAL by the BBMP Mayor Gagambike Mallikarjun in the presence of BBMP Commissioner, N. Manjunath Prasad,  and other officials

18:12 (IST)26 Aug 2019
CM to chair cabinet meeting

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa to chair cabinet meeting at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru and discuss flood-relief works in the state.

18:01 (IST)26 Aug 2019
BBMP clears illegal encroachments on Bannerghata Road
17:02 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Nalin Kumar Kateel to take charge as state BJP chief tomorrow

Nalin Kumar Kateel to take charge as state BJP chief on August 27.  Nalin Kumar Kateel (52), BJP MP from the coastal Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada who was pulled up by the BJP in May for briefly endorsing Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, was recently appointed the new party president in Karnataka, replacing veteran B S Yediyurappa. 

Kateel, a three-time MP who was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 by defeating Congress veteran Janardhan Poojary by a narrow margin, is expected to toe the party leadership’s line, unlike his predecessor.

Kateel, a member of the Bunt community from coastal Karnataka, has his roots in the RSS in Mangalore but does not enjoy a mass support base like Yediyurappa.

A small-time businessman and RSS worker, Kateel has over the last five years built strong links in the top echelons of the BJP and RSS, enabling him to emerge as a dominant political figure in the region despite losing the confidence of people like his one-time mentor and local RSS strongman Prabhakar Kalladka. 

16:31 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Rainfall forecast (for next 24 hours) by KSNDMC

Rainfall Forecast (Next 24hrs): Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Coastal Karnataka & adjoining parts of Malnad region and isolated to scattered light to moderate rains likely over SIK districts .

16:05 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Gangaiah Hegde, father of CCD founder Siddhartha final rites performed in Chikkamagaluru

Wild life photographer Senani performs final rites of Gangaiah Hegde in Chetanahalli, Chikkamagaluru district. Senior BJP leader SM Krishna, Karnataka minister CT Ravi, former IPS officer K Annamalai and others were present.

Gangaiah Hegde, 95, father of Cafe Coffee Day founder late V G Siddhartha, passed away at a hospital in Mysuru, on Sunday. Hegde passed away nearly a month after his son Siddhartha's demise. Siddhartha went missing on July 29 from the Netravati Bridge, later he was found dead on the banks of Netravati River in Mangaluru on July 31. Gangaiah Hegde was in a coma for a prolonged period of time and was unaware of his son’s death.

15:46 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Suresh Angadi visits KSR Bengaluru railway station

Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi on Monday took stock of facilities being offered to passengers at KSR Bengaluru railway station. 

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15:25 (IST)26 Aug 2019
CCD owner V G Siddhartha’s forensic report corroborates suicide theory: Police

The forensic report on the death of Cafe Coffee Day owner V G Siddhartha corroborates the suicide theory, Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha said on Monday.

READ: CCD owner V G Siddhartha’s forensic report corroborates suicide theory: Police

14:58 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Yediyurappa orders probe into alleged misuse of subsidy in Indira Canteen

Karnataka  Chief Minister Yediyurappa orders probe into alleged misuse of subsidy for Former CM Siddaramiah's pet project Indira Canteen and irregularities in Mukhya Mantri Nagarothana scheme in BBMP limits.

14:06 (IST)26 Aug 2019
CM forwards the list of portfolios to Governor

Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa forwards the list of portfolios to Governor Vajubhai Vala at RajBhavan in Bengaluru. Allocation of portfolios is likely to be announced today. 

13:49 (IST)26 Aug 2019
KSRTC collects fine of Rs Seven lakh from passengers without tickets

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has arranged checking of its services operated in the State and neighbouring States. According to the press release by the KSRTC, in the month of July -2019, 46,458 buses were checked, 4844 Pilferage cases were detected, 5935 ticket less passengers penalized, Rs.7,35,523 fine collected and Rs.89,043 pilferage amount detected. Disciplinary action has been initiated against the erring staff.

13:21 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Tourism contributes about 14.8% to Karnataka’s GDP: CM

Tourism contributes about 14.8% to Karnataka’s GDP compared to 10 % to India’s GDP.  The tourism sector also provides employment to over 18 lakh people across Karnataka: CM Yediyurappa says inaugurating Karnataka International Travel Expo-2019.

12:31 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Siddaramaiah hints at midterm polls in Karnataka

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah on Monday hints at midterm polls, says midterm polls may be conducted anytime and it's difficult for the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's government to survive for long.

12:02 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Bangalore University online counselling

Bangalore University is conducting online counselling for admission to M.Com, (FA), M.Com (IB), and MTTM courses for the 2019-20  academic year. Document verification is in process at Venkatagiri Gowda Auditorium, Janabharathi Campus. 

11:49 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Ola driver arrested for murder of Kolkata model in Bengaluru

The driver of a car linked to an app-based taxi aggregator service in Bengaluru has been arrested by the city police for the July 31 murder of a young model and event manager from Kolkata while she was being transported to the Bengaluru airport.

READ: Ola driver arrested for murder of Kolkata model in Bengaluru

10:36 (IST)26 Aug 2019
BBMP warns online grocer portal for using cling film

As part of its crackdown on single-use plastic, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has warned online grocer BigBasket, based on a social media post showing its products were wrapped in cling film.

10:15 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Bengaluru: Man hit by beer bottle, dies

A 33-year-old man was killed after he was hit on the head with a beer bottle in JP Nagar on Sunday. Around 1am, Suneel, a cab driver from Marenahalli, was heading home on his bike. As he arrived near JP Nagar II Stage, some miscreants picked up a fight, hit him with the beer bottle and stabbed him. Suneel died on the spot. Police suspect it was a street fight since Suneel’s purse and cellphone were not stolen. They are checking CCTV footage to ascertain the number of miscreants involved.

09:52 (IST)26 Aug 2019
High alert in coastal parts of Udupi

High alert has been sounded in the coastal parts of Udupi district following the intelligence about infiltration of six LeT militants into Tamil Nadu. According to reports, the Coast Guard police have put up notices with photographs and other details of the Pakistan militants, at Malpe beach and other public places. Superintendent of Police Nisha James said that security had been tightened at important places such as port and tourist places.

09:30 (IST)26 Aug 2019
Mangaluru train services resume

The train services between Bengaluru and Mangaluru were restored on Sunday. The services remained suspended since August first week due to frequent landslides following heavy rains. SWR Mysuru Division Senior Divisional Operations Manager Sathish said that the affected stretches on the Ghat section were finally cleared on Saturday and a goods train was operated to test the suitability of the track for train operation.

Meanwhile, even though some Bengalureans think that this innovation arrived a bit late to the Silicon Valley, the atmosphere at the first Robot Restaurant in the city is nothing short of festive.

READ| Inside Bengaluru’s first Robot Restaurant

At the same time, after a decade-long wait, Bengaluru’s National Military Memorial (NMM), built as a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives for the county, is likely to be opened for the general public by Vijay Diwas on December 16.

READ| 78-feet-tall monolith at National Military Memorial to be inaugurated by December

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit at your area, contact BWSSB: 1916.

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First published on: 26-08-2019 at 08:15 IST
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