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Karnataka Bengaluru December 18 Highlights: SC stays Karnataka HC order to hold BBMP polls

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 18 Highlights: "Issue notice. Until further orders, there shall be a stay of operation of the impugned judgment(s) and order(s) passed by the Karnataka High Court", an order passed by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India stated.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 21, 2020 8:21:16 am
The judgment was pronounced while issuing notice on the special leave petition filed by the State of Karnataka.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 18 Highlights: The Supreme Court Friday stayed a recent order issued by the Karnataka High Court which directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to hold elections to 198 wards of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) within six weeks.

“Issue notice. Until further orders, there shall be a stay of operation of the impugned judgment(s) and order(s) passed by the Karnataka High Court”, an order passed by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India stated.

The judgment was pronounced while issuing notice on the special leave petition filed by the State of Karnataka. A batch of petitions was filed at the Supreme Court by the Karnataka government challenging the High Court’s order which directed BBMP polls to 198 wards as per delimitation notification of September 23, 2020, instead of the 243 seats as mentioned in the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Third Amendment Act (2020).

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18:34 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Police couple dies by suicide

Police couple, Suresh, HC attached with Sampigehalli ACP office and his wife Sheela, constable with Kothanur police station died by suicide at their house in Kothanur on Friday.

17:53 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Karnataka Council uproar: Chairman issues showcause to Secretary

A show-cause notice has been issued to Karnataka Legislative Council Secretary K R Mahalakshmi after the Upper House witnessed chaos with the Deputy Chairman trying to begin proceedings before the Chairman’s arrival leading to legislators manhandling him on Tuesday.

The notice issued by Chairman Pratapchandra Shetty has sought an explanation from the Secretary on what “transpired in the House” before he could enter and after he left the premises. Shetty has given a deadline of 48 hours to the Secretary to reply to the notice.

“You have acted in violation of the rules and above the scope of your position as the Secretary. Why should action not be initiated against you?” Shetty has remarked in the notice.

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17:31 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Donation to BBMP, to complete the Koramangala Flyover work, by selling tea and snacks : Innovative protest by Aam Aadmi party

Koramangala Residents welfare association members and Aam Aadmi party volunteers staged an innovative protest against the delay in construction work of Koramangala flyover at the Sony world junction. They sold tea, snacks and tickets and said that the money collected will be donated to BBMP to complete the construction work. The protesters were detained by police later

The Koramangala elevated flyover was proposed to be the second largest flyover of the city but the work has not been completed even after 4 years. Aam Aadmi Party State convener Prithvi Reddy said that this is a bruhat (major) scam project by the so called Bruhat Bangalore Mahangar Palike.

Prithvi Reddy spoke at the protest staged on Friday and demanded fast completion of the Koramangala flyover.

From Koramangala 100 ft road to Ejipura main road – the length of the bridge from inner ring road till the Kendriya Sadan junction is 2.5 km. The construction of this bridge was inaugurated in July 2017 at a proposed cost of Rs 203.20 crore under the City development scheme. This was supposed to be completed in 2019 but is still no where close to completion.

"No one has the information on how much of money is spent out of 230 crores allocated to this". He accused that this is not a personal affair for the BJP government to behave so irresponsible.

Bangalore President Mohan Dasari said that this is turning into a Bruhat (major) scam monument and hence we are selling tea, snacks and tickets to view this monument. The money collected will be given to BBMP to complete the project. "Residents of Koramangala are experiencing a hell of a daily traffic jam." He expressed his outrage saying that the local MLA, Ramalinga Reddy appears in front of media now and then and speaks everything else but has never pressurised or taken any measures to get this work completed.

16:03 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Police get seven portable cabins, with beds, washroom and kitchen

The Bangalore Police now have seven portable cabins, complete with a meeting area, four bunker beds and a washroom, placed across strategic locations in the city.

On Friday city police commissioner Kamal Pant inaugurated the cabins provided by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

“The cabins have been donated to city police with an objective to provide police personnel protection from weather, enable smooth functioning during peak hours and enable easier access to citizens,” police officials said.

The cabins are powered with energy-efficient LED lights, ceiling fans and electric sockets. “Provision has also been made for air conditioning. With a 300-litre capacity overhead water tank, the cabins have kitchen space as well,” officials said.

15:37 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Karnataka bans New Year parties at public places, govt asks people not to give handshakes and hugs

In light of Covid-19, the Karnataka government has banned New Year celebrations in clubs, pubs and restaurants. The ban will be in place for four days from December 30 in order to minimise the spread of the disease. However, there are no restrictions on these establishments carrying out normal operations.

In an order issued by Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar Thursday, the government permitted only green crackers during the festivities and urged the public to refrain from giving handshakes and hugs.

“Keeping in mind public health, there is a need to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a simple and meaningful way. In the wake of this, mass parties have been banned across the state at public places, establishments and places where large crowds gather without maintaining social distancing,” the order read.

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15:36 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP plans to survey children begging, hawking in city

In a bid to identify children indulged in begging and hawking-related activities in the city, local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Friday will begin a survey across areas within its jurisdiction soon.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad directed Joint Commissioner and respective zonal officers to collect accurate information of children selling toys and other items at traffic signals, begging, and others living in slums from all eight zones of BBMP. "Further, Joint Commissioner and respective zonal officers should also inspect pavements, sidewalks of main roads, railway stations, bus stands, markets and other places from 8 pm to 12 midnight to identify them and their activities," Prasad said.

He added that BBMP officials should also try to take various measures to encourage such children to attend classes at schools.

11:53 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Karnataka drops content ‘hurting Brahmin sentiment’ from school textbooks

A couple of days after sections of the Brahmin community in Karnataka objected to certain passages in school textbooks for “hurting religious sentiments”, the state government on Thursday ordered omission of the same. Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar wrote to the Commissioner for Public Instruction (CPI) to drop the portions from the Class 6 Social Science textbook.

“The paragraphs that appear on pages 82 and 83 under the title ‘Emergence of New Religions’ are irrelevant and not suitable for such a young age. The CPI should take measures to ensure that these are dropped from the syllabus with immediate effect,” his order read.

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11:09 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Traffic police note 5672 traffic violations in 'surprise' drive

As many as 5762 cases of traffic violations were booked in Bengaluru after traffic police launched a drive under titled ‘Operation Surprise Check’ at 174 spots across the city on Thursday.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B R Ravikanthe Gowda, a total of Rs 26.28 lakh rupees was collected as penalty during the drive. "The drive took place at black spots where an increasing number of accidents and traffic violations were noted in the past few days. This was done in an effort to reduce accidents and to ensure road discipline," he said.

He added that more surprise checks would take place in areas that do not have similar checks usually in the coming days. "Our target is to ensure motorists follow the rules and not to book more cases to collect more fines," Gowda clarified.

10:29 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Bengaluru Mission 2022: Karnataka plans to overhaul city infra

Unveiling ‘Bengaluru Mission 2022’ on Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa presented various plans to make the city “one of the best in the world” within two years to mark 75 years of independence.

The CM explained that the initiative will be focussed on four major areas of challenge in infrastructure renovation for Bengaluru, namely enabling faster commute, providing a cleaner and greener city, and connecting citizens to the city by providing access to various services and to experience its culture and heritage.

“Bengaluru is among the four leading technology hubs of the world and home to many Fortune 500 companies. It is the priority of our government to provide world-class infrastructure to make Bengaluru a global city,” Yediyurappa said.

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10:28 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Wistron violence: Unrest may stress PLI push, Centre in damage control mode

The violence at Wistron Corp’s iPhone manufacturing facility in Kolar, Karnataka, is being viewed as having wider ramifications in India’s renewed manufacturing sector push, prompting a damage control exercise that is now being driven directly by the Centre. The state administration is learnt to have been instructed to salvage the situation and ensure a quick resolution.

Union government officials indicated there are three reasons why, from an administrative standpoint, the violence at the Wistron unit is being viewed as more than just a skirmish at a phone assembly unit.

The timing is being seen as being particularly detrimental, given that it comes close on the heels of the Centre’s concerted push for the production-linked incentives (PLI) scheme, where the success in the smartphone assembly sector is now being sought to be replicated in new industry categories that include pharmaceuticals and automobiles. Smartphone manufacturing at the heart of the PLI push and the intervention in resolving the incident, involving contract workers who ransacked the Wistron facility demanding unpaid wages and better working hours, is aimed at containing the potential damage to the PLI-led investment impetus, officials indicated.

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10:05 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Contractual workers claim wage disparities triggered Wistron plant unrest

Payment disparity and denial of overtime could have been the triggers for the unrest at the Wistron Corp manufacturing plant in Kolar district, contractual employees indianexpress.com spoke to said. As many as 160 workers were rounded up by the police after some of them went on a rampage at the Narasapura plant on December 12 alleging they were not paid as promised.

At the office of the Superintendent of Police in Kolar, where a few of the workers have been detained, parents claimed they have been waiting to see those arrested for three days but haven’t been allowed to yet. “On Tuesday, two police personnel came to our house in KGF and arrested my son without giving any details. When I asked them to state the reason for his arrest, they told me to visit the SP’s office and find out,” a mother said. “When I came here, none of the officers spoke a word about my 22-year-old son. I don’t know where he is or how he is. They should, at least, respond to the queries of an anxious parent,” she added.

Another parent said his son worked at the plant for three months and was paid Rs 9,000 once and Rs 13,000 twice more, less than what he had been promised. “If they want to question him, let them do so. But why have they kept him in custody for the last four days?” he said. Adding that no one has volunteered help as yet, he said, “We don’t know how to get him out. We need legal advice and support as we don’t have money to bear the expenses.”

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09:26 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa assures full support to restart production at Wistron iPhone plant

Days after unrest at the Wistron Corp manufacturing plant in Kolar district, Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa assured his full support to the company for restarting production.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very much worried about the recent violence at the Wistron's iPhone manufacturing plant in Karnataka," Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

"The government has given necessary instructions and such things would not be repeated," he told reporters in Bengaluru.

"We will give full support to that company, without any problem let them continue production," he added.

08:55 (IST)18 Dec 2020
Amendment to Karnataka Land Reforms Act: what govt, opposition say

The opposition Congress has called amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1961 — which were passed in the state legislature last week by the BJP government with the support of the opposition Janata Dal (Secular) — a “death warrant” for farmers.

The amendments allow non-agriculturists to buy agricultural land in the state. Successive governments have in recent years gradually diluted land ownership norms under the Land Reforms Act to facilitate industrial growth and agricultural land ownership by non-farmers.

What are the latest amendments?
The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 has repealed three key sections of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act of 1961 which imposed certain restrictions on ownership of farmland.

The amendments have done away with Section 79A of the Act that allowed only those earning less than Rs 25 lakh per annum to buy agricultural land, and Section 79B that said only people earning a living through agriculture could buy agricultural land. The amendment has also removed Section 79C of the Act, which allowed revenue departments to investigate alleged violations of Sections 79A and 79B during land purchases.

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08:28 (IST)18 Dec 2020
New year parties, DJ dance programmes banned in pubs, clubs in Karnataka due to COVID-19

The Karnataka government has banned New Year day eve celebrations in clubs, pubs and restaurants among other places along with special DJ dance programmes and parties for four days from December 30 to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

The government on Thursday issued an order prohibiting such programmes between December 30 and January 2 at clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places where people gather for new year celebrations, citing the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

Ahead of Christmas and New Year, the government also issued a set of guidelines, including barring public from making hand shakes or hugging during the celebrations.

However, there will be no restrictions on pubs, clubs and restaurants in carrying out normal operations in a routine way, the order said.

08:23 (IST)18 Dec 2020
State reports 1,236 new Covid-19 cases, 10 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,236 fresh cases of coronavirus and 10 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9.05 lakh and the toll to 11,981, the health department said on Thursday.

The day also saw 1,497 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 1,236 fresh cases reported on Thursday, 689 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

As of Thursday evening, cumulatively 9,05,901 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 11,981 deaths and 8,78,696 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin. Seven out of the total 10 deaths reported on Thursday are from Bengaluru urban.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru urban accounts for 689, Tumakuru 57, Mysuru 54, Dakshina Kannada 40, Shivamogga 32, Mandya 31, followed by others.
Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3.80 lakh infections, followed by Mysuru 51,605 and Ballari 38,585.

A total of over 1.27 crore samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,06,356 were tested on Thursday alone, and 13,666 among them were rapid antigen tests.

08:20 (IST)18 Dec 2020
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Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3.80 lakh infections, followed by Mysuru 51,605 and Ballari 38,585.

Also Read | Bengaluru Mission 2022: Karnataka plans to overhaul city infra

A total of over 1.27 crore samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,06,356 were tested on Thursday alone, and 13,666 among them were rapid antigen tests.

Also Read | Contractual workers claim wage disparities triggered Wistron plant unrest

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