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Karnataka Bengaluru November 25 Highlights: IMD issues yellow alert in 7 districts for Thursday

Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News November 25 Highlights: A yellow alert has been sounded in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 26, 2020 8:29:50 am
Cyclone Nivar, Karnataka Rain,According to the India Meteorological Department, the region covering these areas expected to receive isolated spells of heavy rainfall due to the impact of the Nivar Cyclone. (PTI)

Karnataka Bangalore Coronavirus News November 25 Highlights: The India Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts of Karnataka on November 26. “These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall on November 26 and 27,” C S Patil, IMD Bengaluru Director said.

South Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience isolated rainfall on November 25, 28 and 29 and light to moderate scattered rainfall on November 26 and 27. North Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience dry weather on November 25 and 29, isolated rainfall on November 26 and 28, IMD said.

Coastal Karnataka will experience light to moderate scattered rainfall on November 27. “Bengaluru is very likely to experience rain on 25 and 26 November,” Patil added.

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18:35 (IST)25 Nov 2020
IN PICS | BBMP Admin, MP inspect development works at Avenue Road

BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta and Bangalore Central Lok Sabha MP P C Mohan Wednesday inspected the ongoing development works carried out by the civic body at Avenue Road and surrounding areas in the city.

During the inspection, concened officials were directed to concrete areas which have been dug up for the same as soon as possible.

18:14 (IST)25 Nov 2020
New board chairperson appointments: Siddaramaiah terms it 'unnecessary'

A day after the B S Yediyurappa-led government notified the appointment of new chairpersons to various statutory bodies in the state, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah termed it "unnecessary" citing the financial burden it is expected to create for the Karnataka government.

"While the government is not able to give pensions to poor senior citizens, widows, and specially-abled people for seven to eight months now, what is the need to unnecessarily appoint chairpersons to so many statutory boards," he questioned.

The former CM added, "With the state government being financially bankrupt, I had suggested that more allocations should be made towards development of the state and not towards unnecessary expenditure."

17:35 (IST)25 Nov 2020
N Bhrungeesh appointed as the media advisor to CM Yediyurappa

N Bhrungeesh was appointed as the media advisor to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday. He had served as the director of the Department of Information and Public Relations earlier.

The appointment has come after Yediyurappa's media advisor Mahadeva Prakash resigned last week. Senior journalist Mahadeva Prakash tendered his resignation from the designation on Thursday citing personal reasons.

Bhrungeesh had served as media secretary to Yediyurappa in his tenure as Chief Minister between 2008-11.

17:09 (IST)25 Nov 2020
DK Shivakumar appears before CBI officials for interrogation on disproportionate assets case

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar appeared before CBI officers for interrogation on Wednesday afternoon at CBI office in Bengaluru in connection with the case of disproportionate assets (DA) to the tune of Rs 74.93 crore.

Speaking to reporters at the CBI office, DK Shivakumar said that he will cooperate with the investigating officers. “I will cooperate with CBI as I did with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate officials," he said.

On November 19, the CBI officials had issued summons to DK Shivakumar to appear for questioning on November 23, but due to his daughter’s engagement, he requested the agency to allow him to appear before them on November 25.

On October 5, the CBI officials had registered a case of DA against Shivakumar and conducted raids at his residence and 13 other places of his family members and aides in Karnataka and Delhi.

16:50 (IST)25 Nov 2020
IMA scam: Roshan Baig remanded in police custody till Nov 28

Former MLA, Roshan Baig has been remanded in police custody for three days till November 28 by the CBI special court in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Baig who is in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail will be brought to CBI office. On Sunday, the CBI arrested Roshan Baig in connection with the Rs 4,000-crore ponzi scheme in which he allegedly received several crores of kickbacks.

More than 40,000 investors, mostly from the Muslim community, were duped of their savings by arrested businessman Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who owns the IMA Group. Baig’s name emerged when the scam surfaced nearly 18 months ago. Khan had fled the country but was arrested and brought back from Dubai in July 2019 by the Bengaluru police crime branch.

In a video released while he was in hiding, Khan had claimed that several state politicians and officials had coerced him into paying bribes, leading to the downfall of IMA. And one of them, who he claimed had received nearly Rs 400 crore, was Baig, the then Congress MLA from Shivajinagar constituency in central Bengaluru.

During investigations in mid 2019, police found documents in which a key associate of Khan had recorded payments made to politicians, policemen, and government officials. It showed Baig as a key recipient of funds.

16:43 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Mangalore University special exams to be held from Dec 21

In a bid to help students who missed out on appearing for final year examinations at Mangalore University due to Covid-19-related circumstances, the varsity has announced that special examinations will be conducted from December 21.

According to Registrar (Evaluation) P L Dharma, the exams will be held for students who had contracted the infection or were under quarantine during September and October when the exams for others were conducted. "Over 5000 students, including six from Sri Lanka, will take the exams," he said.

16:29 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Raising minimum age to smoke to 21 helpful in reducing tobacco consumption: NLSIU report

Raising the tobacco sales age to 21 has the potential to reduce tobacco use initiation and progression to regular smoking, a report released by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore says. The report has recommended the Union Health Ministry to increase the legal age for tobacco consumption in India from 18 to 21 years besides undertaking a number of other steps, even as the Centre is mulling to notify the same.

In the study titled ‘Tobacco Control Laws in India: Origins and Proposed Reforms’, NSLIU Professor Ashok R Patil has noted that countries are increasingly recognising that almost all people who become long-term tobacco users commence the practice while they are adolescents or young adults.

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16:24 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Karnataka bandh: Autos, cabs to be off the road on Dec 5

A section of Kannada organisations have given a call for Karnataka bandh on December 5, protesting against the state government’s decision to constitute Maratha Development Authority.

Most of the transport unions including autorickshaw and taxi unions have decided to support the bandh, while hotel owners’ association have said they will not be closing their businesses for the day but extend moral support.

Recently, former MLA and Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj had called for a bandh condemning the state government’s decision to form Maratha Development Authority.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association said that the cabs will be off the road on December 5 in support of the bandh. Manjunath from Adarsha Autorickshaw Union said autorickshaw services will be suspended on bandh day.

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16:01 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Indian Army's Pioneer Corps celebrates 79th Raising Day

The Pioneer Corps of the Indian Army celebrated its 79th Raising Day in Bengaluru today. To commemorate the occasion, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Pioneer Corps War Memorial in Bengaluru to honour war heroes who have laid down their lives for the nation.

"Being one of the oldest Corps, The Pioneers Corps has actively participated and performed exceptionally well in all pre and post-independence wars/ operations and has brought laurels both to the organisation and country," the Defence PRO said in a statement.

The fist Pioneer Company was raised in Madras on November 25, 1758. "The Pioneers have since then been rendering their service in the highest professional manner as per the traditions of the Indian Army," the statement added.

15:37 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Trains on Bengaluru-Chennai route cancelled

The South Western Railway Wednesday announced cancellation of trains operating between KSR Bengaluru (SBC) and MGR Chennai Central (MAS) railway stations in the wake of Cyclone Nivar.

The services that has been cancelled include Train no. 02658 from SBC to MAS scheduled for Wednesday and Train no. 02657 from MAS to SBC scheduled for Thursday.

15:34 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Bengaluru Airport records 26-month high cargo throughput

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru processed 34,339 Metric Tonnes of cargo in October 2020, recording a 26-month high in tonnage.

Bengaluru Airport witnessed a highest-ever domestic outbound tonnage of 8,117 MT in October, largely driven by e-commerce shipments.

Perishable commodities, which have been the major growth driver for BLR Airport in FY 2020-21, continued to be the top international commodity, accounting for 12% of total exports in October. Doha emerged as the top destination in October 2020, with 1,095 MT.

After becoming the first airport in India to record positive growth in September 2020, the trend continued in October 2020 as well, registering a 0.1 % increase against October 2019, BIAL said.

The record single-day Air Traffic Movement (ATM) was 52 ATMs on October 22, with the day witnessing a volume of 1,359 MT of Cargo.

15:15 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Rain alert in Bengaluru on Nov 25 & 26, Yellow alert sounded in 7 districts

The India Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts of Karnataka on November 26. "These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall on November 26 and 27," C S Patil, IMD Bengaluru Director said.

South Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience isolated rainfall on 25, 28 and 29 Nov and light to moderate scattered rainfall on Nov 26 and 27. North Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience dry weather on 25 and 29 Nov, isolated rainfall on 26 and 28 Nov, IMD said.

Coastal Karnataka to experience light to moderate scattered rainfall on 27 November. “Bengaluru is very likely to experience rain on 25 and 26 November,” Patil added.

According to the nowcast by IMD at 4.30 pm on Wednesday, light to moderate rain with thundershowers are likely to affect Mysuru, Mandya, Bengaluru, urban and rural and Chamarajanagar district.

15:10 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Belagavi: 17-year-old boy killed in blast

A 17-year-old boy died after an explosive material used to kill wild boars blew off in an accident at Khanapur in Belagavi district on Wednesday.

The incident happened in Machimada village in the Khanapur taluk and the boy is identified as Girish Rajaput. One tractor which was near to the explosive material is also damaged in the incident police said.

Police said that they will send the explosive materials to the Forensic Science Laboratory for the examination. A case has been registered in the Khanapur police station.

14:44 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Dharwad: 4 killed in road accident

An accident that took place Wednesday on the outskirts of Dharwad in Karnataka killed four people while two others were left injured. According to the police, a car collided head-to-head with a jeep travelling in the other direction killing three from the same family.

"The family members were on their way to Halga village in their car from Manvi in Raichur district. While the injured have been admitted to a hospital nearby for treatment, an investigation is on", the police said.

12:21 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa leads state delegation and met Union MoS demanding ST status for Kurubas

A delegation led by Karnataka Rural Development Minister K S Eshwarappa on Tuesday called on Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh in New Delhi and demanded that the Centre to include Kuruba (shepherds) community in the scheduled tribe (ST) category.

The delegation also included Kuruba community seer Kaginele Niranjananadapuri Swami, Congress leader H M Revanna and others. The delegation made a representation to the Tribal Affairs Minister to consider the state’s long-pending demand to include the Kuruba community in the ST group.

On October 2, The Shepherds India International in the fifth annual convention held in Bengaluru has demanded a Scheduled Tribe (ST) tag for Kuruba community which is spread across the country under different names.

BJP MLC A.H. Vishwanath, who is also the President of the Association, said that the efforts are underway to bring every Shepherd (Kuruba) community under one fold. “according to an estimate, there are 12 crore community members in the country. We urge the Union Government to list the community under ST category,” he said.

In Karnataka, Kurubas are categorised under other backward classes.

12:09 (IST)25 Nov 2020
PSU employees call for strike tomorrow, to protest privatisation

Employees of various public sector undertakings (PSUs) who are part of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) consisting of HAL Employees Association, BEL Workers Unity Forum, BEL Workers Union, BEML Employees Association, ITI Employees Union and BHEL Employees Association have called for a strike on Thursady.

According to Domlur Srinivas Reddy, Convenor of JAC and President of BEML Employees Association, the one-day strike will be observed on the lines of the call by the central trade unions against the Union government's decision to privatise BEML despite the company’s good track record and consistent declaration of dividends for the last five years among other moves towards privatisation.

"BEML represents production units in Bengaluru, KGF, Mysuru in Karnataka, and Palakkad in Kerala. In 2019-20 BEML with its three verticals, it had made an annual turnover of Rs 3,028 crore achieving a profit of Rs 63.38 crore. This move, despite the same, is uncalled for," a protester said.

11:42 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Karnataka bandh: No autos & cabs on Dec. 5; hotel owners to extend only moral support

Section of Kannada organisations has called for Karnataka bandh on December 5, protesting against Karnataka Government’s decision to constitute Maratha Development Authority.

Most of the transport unions including autorickshaw and taxi unions have decided to support the bandh, while hotel owners association have said they will not be closing their businesses for the day but extend mora support.

Recently, under the Chairmanship of former MLA and Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj had called for Karnataka bandh condemning the State Government’s decision to form Maratha Development Authority.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association said that the cabs will be off the road on December 5 supporting the bandh.

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association in a press release said that the hotels and restaurants are considered essential services and the hospitality sector had suffered a big hit owing to COVID-19. As such, all hotels and restaurants would remain open in the interests of farmers, owners, workers, and customers.

10:29 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Haveri from Feb. 26

Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) has decided to go ahead with the annual literary meet, Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, this time in Haveri district amid of Covid19 pandemic.

KSP executive committee met on Tuesday and decided to organise the 86th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Haveri for three days from February 26-28, 2021.The committee is yet to decide on who would preside over the function.

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana is the premier gathering of writers, poets and kannadigas, held every year with the aim of preserving and developing Kannada language and its literature, arts, culture and music.

It was started in 1915 by H. V. Nanjundaiah who was founder of Mysore university and acting Diwan of Mysore. The first Sammelana was held at Bengaluru.

10:27 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Bangalore Development Authority gets new chairman

The Karnataka government has notified the appointment of MLA S R Vishwanath as the new Chairman of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Vishwanath represents Yelahanka constituency in the city and is also the political secretary to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

10:01 (IST)25 Nov 2020
Cafe Coffee Day outlet manager assaulted by visitor in Bengaluru

The manager of a Cafe Coffee Day(CCD) outlet in Kasturi Nagar in East Bengaluru was allegedly punched in the face by a visitor after the manager didn't allow him to use the CCD washroom.

According to police, Naveen Kumar, manager of CCD was left bleeding from the nose after Kiran Kumar, the visitor, punched him with a bracelet that he was wearing on one of the hands.

After the incident, Naveen had to be rushed to hospital. Police said Kiran was drunk and came to CCD to use the washroom. Naveen stopped him and said that the wash room is only for customers, this led to the assault on Monday night, police said.

Kiran was arrested and subsequently booked for attempted murder (IPC section 307), and a court remanded him in judicial custody.

Pune SBI break in, SBI bank break in Pune, Pune SBI bank break in, Pune Police, Pune news, city news, Indian Express According to NCB sleuths, a total of 6.87 kilograms of pseudoephedrine was seized from the accused by a team led by Amit Ghawate, NCB Bangalore Zonal Director. (Representational Image)

Meanwhile, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Tuesday announced the arrest of four people, including two Nigerian nationals, in Bengaluru after busting an international drug racket operating in the city.

READ | Bengaluru: NCB busts international drug racket, nabs four accused

At the same time, stating that Karnataka has initiated necessary action for COVID-19 vaccine delivery, distribution and administration on Centre’s advice, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr Sudhakar said the state government has identified 29,451 vaccination sites and 10,008 vaccinators as per the norms of the Universal Immunization Programme.

READ | 29,451 vaccination sites, 2,855 cold chain points: How Karnataka is preparing for vaccine rollout

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