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Karnataka Bengaluru December 10 Highlights: Farmers begin march towards Raj Bhavan

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 10 Highlights: The traffic has been disrupted in various parts of the city while traffic is halted in and around Vidhana Soudha, Seshadri road, Freedom park, Maurya circle.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 11, 2020 8:33:11 am
Bengaluru farmers protests, Bengaluru farmers march, Aikya Horata, Raj BhavanKodihalli Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups member and along with farmers began a march towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru. Express Photo: Darshan Devaiah BP

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 10 Highlights: Farmers and other organisations continued protesting against the Karnataka Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Bill on Thursday. Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups members and along with farmers began a march towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.

The traffic has been disrupted in various parts of the city while traffic is halted in and around Vidhana Soudha, Seshadri road, Freedom park, Maurya circle.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 had earlier been stalled in the Council despite the legislative assembly – the lower house – clearing it. The Bill sought to remove Sections 79 A, B and C of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, which restricted farmland purchases only to agriculturists and to those earning below Rs 2 lakh per annum.

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18:31 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Karnataka: NIA court convicts three for smuggling fake Indian currency via Indo-Bangla border

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday convicted three men for smuggling fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in Karnataka.

NIA sleuths identified the accused as Dalim Mia (alias Jalim), Ashok Mahadev Kumbar, and Shukruddin Shekh (alias Sukruddin Ansari) after recovering FICN worth Rs 82,000. According to the investigating team, Kumbar had received the same from Mia after which a case was registered in Chikkodi, Belagavi on March 12, 2018. The case was taken over by NIA a month later on April 14.

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18:16 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Newlyweds get praise after cleaning Karnataka beach before honeymoon

To celebrate their wedding, Anudeep and Minusha Hegde from Karnataka decided to roll up their sleeves, get some garbage bags and clean a beach near their homes. The couple cleaned over 500 kg of garbage from the Someshwara Beach located at Byndoor in Udupi district and received a lot of praise on social media for their work.

“Can two person make a difference?” Anudeep wrote on Twitter earlier this month, sharing a video of the beach. The video showed the seashore littered with plastic bottles, slippers, and wrappers among other things.

Describing the initiative as a “satisfying experience”, the newlyweds wrote about how they decided “to clean up this beach before we celebrate honeymoon”.

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17:44 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Weather update: IMD forecasts evening rains in Dakshina Kannada, Belagavi

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted evening rains in Dakshina Kannada and Belagavi districts. According to the forecast issued at 5.30 pm, these districts are likely to witness "thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers in the next three hours."

17:44 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Karnataka Deputy CM gives 140-gram gold crown gifted by people as state property

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol deposited a 140-gram golden crown, which was gifted to him by his villagers, to the state chief secretary as state property on Thursday.

According to Karjol, the villagers of Karjol in Vijayapura district felicitated him and gave him a 140-gram golden crown.

"This was their way of showing love and respect. Their love, respect and faith should belong to the government. I did development work as a minister and legislator. Hence I decided to hand over the crown to the government so that it becomes a government property,” he said.

17:09 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Karnataka Assembly passes Bill extending BBMP limits to 1 km radius

The Karnataka Assembly on Thursday passed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Bill, which promises a new governance structure for the city besides increasing its municipal area.

The Karnataka State legislature’s Joint Select Committee has recommended that the boundary of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is over 800 sq.km, be expanded to cover an additional 1-km radius.

The key recommendation, made by a joint house committee tabled its report on the proposed BBMP Bill in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. This will lead to subsuming parts of gram panchayats, town panchayats, town municipal councils, and city municipal councils that are currently outside the BBMP limits.

The new Bill will be exclusive to Bengaluru, which is currently governed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporation act.

BJP MLA of CV Raman Nagar S Raghu who is heading the joint house committee said that the existing city municipal limits should be expanded to cover a 1-km radius. The Bill also proposes a new governance structure for the city like a 30-month mayoral term, a chief commissioner, zonal committees where the zonal committees will have the power to approve and implement projects.

16:43 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: No metro between Mysuru Road, Vijayanagar this weekend

The Namma Metro services in Bengaluru will be unavailable for two days between Mysuru Road and Vijayanagar stations on December 12 and 13. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited has cited electrical cable-laying works held at Mysuru Road station as the reason behind this temporary suspension of services.

Metro train services will be available between Baiyappanahalli and Vijayanagar from 7 am on these three days. Train services will resume at 7 am on December 14 on the entire Purple Line, officials added.

The operations on the Green Line will also operate as usual during these days.

14:03 (IST)10 Dec 2020
WATCH | Congress MLAs, led by former CM Siddaramaiah begin march towards Freedom Park in Bengaluru
14:00 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Farmers begin march towards Raj Bhavan

Farmers and other organisations continued protesting against the Karnataka Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Bill on Thursday.

Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups member and along with farmers began a march towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.

Traffic has been disrupted in various parts of the city while traffic is halted in and around Vidhana Soudha, Seshadri road, Freedom park, Maurya circle.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 had earlier been stalled in the Council despite the legislative assembly – the lower house – clearing it. The Bill sought to remove Sections 79 A, B and C of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, which restricted farmland purchases only to agriculturists and to those earning below Rs 2 lakh per annum.

13:38 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Congress MLAs to join farmers in Freedom Park protest

Congress MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah have begun a march from Vidhana Soudha premises to Freedom Park in Bengaluru. According to party sources, the MLAs who have staged a walkout from the Assembly will join the agitating farmers expressing solidarity with their agitations against the "anti-farmer" laws by the central and state governments.

The first few MLAs who joined Siddarmaiah for the march are Eshwar Khandre, Priyank Kharge, and B Z Zameer Ahmed among others.

12:24 (IST)10 Dec 2020
JDS ensured land Bill was balanced: Kumaraswamy

The Janata Dal (Secular) party ensured that the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act 2020 was "balanced" by protecting the interest of farmers, party leader H D Kumaraswamy said.

"The stand of both the Congress and the BJP were not completely tilted towards justice with respect to the legislation. JD(S) actually ensured that the Legislation became a balanced one," the former CM said.

He added that "prominent changes" were effected in the legislation as suggested by his party. "The earlier version of the Bill provided for a maximum individual holding of up to 248 acres. However, it has now been removed following our suggestion," he said citing an instance.

11:49 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Bengaluru-Mangaluru train timings revised: SWR

The time-table of the tri-weekly train between Mangaluru central and Bengaluru via Mysuru has been revised according to South Western Railways.

In a press release, South Western Railway said, "The train would start from Bengaluru on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8.30 PM. It would reach Mangaluru Central station at 8.35 AM."

09:56 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: CCB arrests burglar allegedly involved in 7 cases

A burglar who was allegedly involved in seven house-burglary cases was nabbed by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil announced.

According to Patil, CCB sleuths seized 500 grams of gold and silver ornaments weighing 31 kilograms in total, worth Rs 55 lakhs. "The seized items will be handed over to the victims soon after taking required permissions from the court," he said.

09:24 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Faulty streetlights, potholes make ORR commute dangerous

As vehicular traffic returns to Bengaluru roads after the long Covid-19 lockdown, faulty streetlights are turning out to be a danger for commuters in parts of the city.

The stretch from Silk Board to Bellandur on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) is poorly illuminated, with almost no light switched on post-sunset. "The commute across this six-km stretch becomes difficult in the evenings, as nearly all lights, except some next to flyovers and service roads, stay off. Potholes add to the misery, putting two-wheeler riders at risk," Abdul Asif, a research assistant who is a daily user of the road, said.

Asif added that with lights from other vehicles the main source of illumination, high beams from across the road blind two-wheeler riders. "Even though there is a divider with reflector lights, they are placed very low, failing to cut the high-beam rays from vehicles travelling in the opposite direction," he explained.

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09:07 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Farmers to continue protest in Bengaluru today

Farmers and other organisations protesting from the last three days against the Karnataka Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Bill will continue their protest on Thursday.

Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, said that the protests would continue on Thursday with more farmers joining in. We have planned to lay siege to Vidhana Soudha on Thursday afternoon along with more farmers and other organisations supporting farmers,” he said.

On Wednesday, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members marched from Town Hall towards the Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the Governor but were stopped by police at K.R. Circle.

Thousands of protesters holding whips marched from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station to Freedom Park and then attempted to move towards the Vidhana Soudha. However, police personnel stopped them from laying siege to the Vidhana Soudha.

Meanwhile, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups members said they will hold a rally on Thursday at 10 am from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station to Raj Bhavan along with thousands of farmers.

08:54 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Two arrested for selling stolen Turkish currency in Bengaluru

Electronic city police in Bengaluru have seized Rs 4.5 crore worth Turkish currency by two persons.

According to police, the duo was allegedly trying to sell demonetised Turkish currency at Velankanni Circle in the city.“These notes are already banned in Turkey. We have seized 97 notes with a face value of five lakh Turkish lira,” a police officer said.

The accused arrested are Sathyavelu and Sharavana, residents of Tamil Nadu. According to the police, the accused have stolen these notes while traveling in a bus to Bengaluru.

Based on credible information, the cops rushed to the spot and detained the duo around 6pm on Sunday.

08:39 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Karnataka legislative council passes APMC amendment bill as Congress walks out

The Karnataka Legislative Council late on Wednesday night passed the Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Bill 2020, even as Opposition Congress walked out in protest.

The Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Bill 2020 is the state version of the central legislation to modify the APMC law, against which farmers have been protesting for a fortnight on Delhi’s borders.

The amended law allows farmers to sell their produce outside APMC markets. The bill was passed in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in September. The Opposition had staged a walkout then too, labelling the law as “anti-farmer”.

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08:39 (IST)10 Dec 2020
Karnataka widens ambit, passes tough anti-cow slaughter law

Karnataka’s BJP government tabled and passed a Bill in the state Assembly Wednesday, banning cow slaughter. The Opposition Congress and JDS staged a walkout, protesting the manner in which the Bill was passed without a debate in the House.

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, which envisages a ban on all forms of cattle slaughter and stringent punishment for offenders, is a revised version of a Bill that was passed in 2010 when the BJP was in power.

The 2010 Bill was shelved in 2013 by the Congress government after it did not receive the Governor’s assent. The Congress had reverted to the less stringent Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Animals Act, 1964, which allows cow slaughter with certain restrictions.

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08:38 (IST)10 Dec 2020
House committee panel recommends extending BBMP limits to 1 km radius

The Karnataka State legislature’s Joint Select Committee has recommended that the boundary of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is over 800 sq.km, be expanded to cover an additional 1-km radius.

The key recommendation made by a joint house committee tabled its report on the proposed BBMP Bill in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. This will lead to subsuming parts of gram panchayats, town panchayats, town municipal councils, and city municipal councils that are currently outside the BBMP limits.

The new Bill will be exclusive to Bengaluru, which is currently governed under the Karnataka Municipal Corporation act.

BJP MLA of CV Raman Nagar S Raghu who is heading the joint house committee said that the existing city municipal limits should be expanded to cover a 1-km radius. The Bill also proposes a new governance structure for the city like a 30-month mayoral term, a chief commissioner, zonal committees where the zonal committees will have the power to approve and implement projects.

08:37 (IST)10 Dec 2020
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Prasad launched the campaign from Shivananda Circle, near Chitrakala Parishat, himself getting down to removing pins and pegs from trees.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has come forward to give trees a measure of relief from publicity assault.

The municipality has rolled out a novel initiative to remove unwanted objects such as pegs and staple pins that are used to fix advertisements and publicity material on trees.

While known as the ‘Garden City’ for the green spaces that abound its landscape, the trees in Bengaluru have turned into vehicles for advertisers.

READ | Bengaluru civic body launches drive to rid trees of nails and pins

As vehicular traffic returns to Bengaluru roads after the long Covid-19 lockdown, faulty streetlights are turning out to be a danger for commuters in parts of the city. The stretch from Silk Board to Bellandur on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) is poorly illuminated, with almost no light switched on post-sunset.

READ | Bengaluru: Faulty streetlights, potholes make ORR commute dangerous

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 in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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