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Karnataka Bengaluru December 15 Highlights: Legislative Council session adjourned after ruckus breaks out over chairman post

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 15 Highlights: Legislators of all parties are now holding consultations separately to plan the next move.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 16, 2020 8:20:04 am
The tabling of the contentious anti-cow slaughter bill is also in limbo at present, due to the heated developments.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 15 Highlights: As the one-day special session convened at the Karnataka Legislative Council was to begin in Bengaluru on Tuesday, the Deputy Chairman from the Janata Dal (Secular) occupied the chair ahead of Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty of the Congress.

Watch | Ruckus in Karnataka Legislative Council, deputy Speaker manhandled

However, as debates continued over the need of a no-confidence motion moved earlier by BJP members, Congress MLCs were seen forcibly evicting the Deputy sepaker. Following this event, Shetty has adjourned the session sine die.

Also Read | Covid-19: Cumulative cases breach 9 lakh-mark, Karnataka govt steps up facilities provided ahead of possible ‘second wave’

Legislators of all parties are now holding consultations separately to plan the next move. The tabling of the contentious anti-cow slaughter bill is also in limbo at present, due to the heated developments.

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16:42 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Session adjourned sine die after ruckus in Karnataka Legislative Council

Chaos broke out at the Karnataka Legislative Council on Tuesday with legislators who objected to Deputy Speaker SL Dharmegowda in the Chair, manhandled him. The Council has now been adjourned sine die.

As the Council gathered on Tuesday, the Deputy Chairman from the Janata Dal (Secular) was seen occupying the chair to initiate proceedings. However, Congress legislators escorted Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty, after which they forcefully tried to evict the Deputy from the chair, leading to the ruckus. The Chair, meanwhile, adjourned the session sine die after which all legislators moved out of the House.

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14:43 (IST)15 Dec 2020
PM Modi, others condole death of eminent scientist Roddam Narasimha

A renowned aerospace scientist and Padma Vibhushan recipient, Roddam Narasimha, passed away yesterday at a private hospital in Bangalore. The scientist, who was 87 years old, suffered a brain haemorrhage on December 8.

Among the many honours bestowed upon for his contributions to the field of science, Roddam Narasimha was awarded the highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2013. After the news of his death, several political figures have poured out respects for him and have lauded his contributions as a fluid dynamicist.

President Ram Nath Kovind referred to his demise as “a huge loss to the field of science and technology” and said the scientist was “an authority in fluid dynamics”.

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12:45 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Legislative Council session: High drama as Dy Chairman occupies chair

As the one-day special session convened at the Karnataka Legislative Council was to begin in Bengaluru on Tuesday, the Deputy Chairman from the Janata Dal (Secular) occupied the chair ahead of Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty of the Congress.

However, as debates continued over the need of a no-confidence motion moved earlier by BJP members, Congress MLCs were seen forcibly evicting the Deputy sepaker. Following this event, Shetty has adjourned the session sine die.

Legislators of all parties are now holding consultations separately to plan the next move. The tabling of the contentious anti-cow slaughter bill is also in limbo at present, due to the heated developments.

12:06 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Karnataka transport employees call off strike after govt accepts 9 of 10 demands

Karnataka transport employees Monday called off their strike, after state transport minister Laxman Savadi agreed to nine of their 10 demands.

The indefinite strike of the drivers and conductors had begun on Friday, with the protesters demanding, among other things, that they be considered government employees, be paid on par with state government staff, and get compensation similar to Covid-19 frontline workers in event of death due to the pandemic.

The only demand refused by the government was to consider the workers, who are transport corporation employees, as state government employees.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has blamed a farmer leader for “instigating” the transport employees. Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president Kodihalli Chandrashekar had Friday expressed support for the workers’ strike. On Sunday, Yediyurappa said in a statement: “Chandrasekhar has instigated a section port employees to protest, which has led to stone-pelting at KSRTC and BMTC buses. He is also responsible for causing loss to public property.”

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11:48 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Covid-19: Cumulative cases breach 9 lakh-mark, Karnataka govt steps up facilities provided ahead of possible ‘second wave’

As the cumulative count of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka since March 8 surpassed the nine lakh-mark recently, the trend has changed drastically as compared to the same when the state marked the milestone of passing the last couple of lakh cases.

For instance, Karnataka breached the seven lakh-mark on October 10 with the positivity rate recorded at 9.33 per cent. As many as 10,517 people had contracted Covid-19 on the same day with 102 more deaths added to the tally from across the state.

A fortnight later, the numbers dropped when the state passed the eight lakh-mark on October 25 when the positivity rate for the day was 4.41 per cent. On the same day, 4,439 more people had contracted the infection while 32 Covid-19 deaths were recorded. The daily positivity rate has not crossed 2 per cent in the state since November 15.

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09:36 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Low-key Kadalekayi Parishe to conclude today

The two-day Kadalekayi Parishe which began on Monday will conclude today, for the first time without the usual groundnut fair which is the highlight of the annual event.

According to organisers, it was decided to conduct the historical event in a low-key manner due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation. While the usual prayers at the Doddaganapati temple on Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi in Bengaluru along with the kadalekayi abhisheka to Basavanna took place on Monday, less than 30 groundnut sellers were permitted to sell groundnuts to devotees who insisted on buying them after the prayers.

Usually, thousands visit the fair which also attracts groundnut farmers from across the state and neighbouring states.

09:03 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Flight service between Kalaburagi and Tirupati to start from Jan 11

Star Air will launch a flight between Kalaburagi in Kalyana Karnataka and Tirupati for four days a week from January 11, 2021.

The flight will be operated between Kalaburagi and Tirupati on every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. According to the airlines, the basic fare will be around Rs 2000. The airlines have started operations from Monday.

The flight will leave Kalaburagi at 9.55 am and will land at Tirupati at 11.00 am. During the return journey, it will leave Tirupati at 2.25 pm and will arrive at Kalaburagi airport at 3.30 pm.

09:01 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Karnataka iPhone plant violence: 160 arrested; company pegs loss at Rs 438 crore

Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing India Pvt Ltd has said it suffered losses worth Rs 437.70 crore in the violence where a section of workers went on a rampage at its facility manufacturing Apple iPhones and other products in Bengaluru’s Narasapura area over non-payment of promised wages.

According to the complaint by Wistron company executive Prashanth TD, office equipment, mobile phones, production machinery and related gadgets worth Rs 412.5 crore was lost. Infrastructure worth Rs 10 crore, Rs 60 lakh worth cars and golf carts, smartphones and other gadgets worth Rs 1.5 crore were among those that were damaged, were stolen or lost.

He stated in his complaint that 5,000 contract labourers and about 2,000 unknown culprits carried out the vandalism in the facility. According to police, a clear picture regarding the total loss will emerge only after assessment by the insurance company.

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08:49 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Aerospace scientist Narasimha dies at 87

Eminent aerospace scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Roddam Narasimha died at a private hospital in Bengaluru on December 14, doctors said. He was 87.

He was admitted to the hospital on December 8 after he suffered a brain haemorrhage. The scientist, who served at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), breathed his last at 8.30 pm, neurologist Dr Sunil V Furtado said.

“When he was brought to our hospital, he was in a very critical stage. There was bleeding inside his brain,” Dr Furtado, neurosurgeon and senior consultant at the Ramaiah Memorial Hospital in the city, told PTI. According to him, Narasimha had a heart-related ailment and suffered a brain stroke in 2018 as well.

Narasimha — who was the chairperson of the Engineering Mechanics unit at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru from 2000 to 2014 — is survived by his wife and a daughter.

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08:47 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Domestic violence cases double in Karnataka

Nearly a third of women in four states out of 17 surveyed so far have experienced domestic violence, and in three states the numbers reported have increased, with Karnataka showing a doubling of the number of cases of domestic violence over the last survey, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFSH)-5. The data was released by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

Domestic violence against women includes both physical and sexual violence, and the states where more than 30 per cent reported having suffered violence by their spouses are Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, and Bihar. The number of cases reported went up in Karnataka, Telangana, and Maharashtra.

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08:27 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Yogesh Gowda murder case: CBI arrests former minister's kin

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the murder case of former BJP Zilla panchayat member Yogesh Gowda in Dharwad Monday arrested Chandrashekhar Indi, a relative of former Congress minister and co-accused Vinay Kulkarni.

According to sources from the CBI, Indi allegedly arranged country-made pistols used by prime accused Basappa Shivappa Muttagi to kill Gowda. 'These weapons were recovered earlier from the premises of Muttagi. One of them was used to commit the crime,' sources added.

With the arrest, the total number of accused picked up by the investigating team has risen to eight, including the former minister who was arrested on November 5.

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08:27 (IST)15 Dec 2020
Legislative Council to meet today, session likely to be stormy

With the Karnataka Legislative Council meeting on Tuesday, the issue of the no-confidence motion moved earlier by BJP members against Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty is likely to make the session a stormy affair. Even as the motion has not found a place in the agenda for the day, the ruling BJP had sent a letter to Shetty on Monday requesting him to step aside for the Council to enable the House to take up the issue.

"The right to decide on the notice rests with the Council and not the Chairman," the letter mentioned with the BJP asking the Chairman to allow his deputy to chair the session. Meanwhile, Congress is likely to raise the issue of the Council being reconvened without following the rules.

The tabling of the anti-cow slaughter bill is also on the cards.

08:26 (IST)15 Dec 2020
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Meanwhile, nearly a third of women in four states out of 17 surveyed so far have experienced domestic violence, and in three states the numbers reported have increased, with Karnataka showing a doubling of the number of cases of domestic violence over the last survey, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFSH)-5.

READ | Domestic violence cases double in Karnataka

At the same time, as many as three people — an eight-year-old boy, a 19-year-old college student, and a 29-year-old college lecturer breathed a second life over the weekend in Karnataka, thanks to timely action by alert officials of the Railway Police Force (RPF) on duty.

READ | Karnataka: Alert railway police save three lives over the weekend in separate incidents

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