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Karnataka Bengaluru August 3 Highlights: CM Bommai discusses cabinet expansion with BJP chief; final list expected today

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 3 Highlights: The new cabinet will be selected balancing all factors, including regional and social representation. Those who migrated to the BJP from other parties need not worry, Bommai said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 4, 2021 8:13:30 am
Basaravaj BommaiKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai speaks to the media outside the Parliament. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bangalore News August 3 Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said a detailed discussion was held with BJP president J P Nadda on the expansion of his cabinet and the final list is expected on Tuesday. Once the list of new ministers is finalised, the day of the oath-taking ceremony will be decided after discussion with Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel, he said.

The new cabinet will be selected balancing all factors, including regional and social representation. Those who migrated to the BJP from other parties need not worry, Bommai said. Union Minister Prahlad Joshi and Kateel also attended the meeting.

“We had a detailed discussion with Naddaji. We are expecting the final list tomorrow evening,” Bommai told reporters after a close to an hour-long meeting. “One list was discussed with the BJP chief and he has said that he will re-look and finalise it by tomorrow evening. We will get to know the number of new ministers and their names tomorrow,” he said. Bommai said that two to three lists with different combinations have been submitted to the party chief for consideration. (PTI)

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14:47 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Police arrest 19-year-old for allegedly killing minor girl

The Karnataka police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a 19-year-old for allegedly killing a minor girl in Belagavi who he had been stalking for the past few days. 

According to the police, the accused has been identified as Amir Jamadar, a school dropout. "The 19-year-old accused stabbed a 10th standard student on August 1, while she was walking home after consulting her teachers in the school in Haroorgeri town. The victim succumbed to injuries on August 2 after which he was arrested in the next few hours," an officer attached to Raibag police station said. 

The officer added that a preliminary probe has revealed that the accused had tried to make advances to the victim for the past few days but was turned down multiple times by the victim. A case has been registered in the station and an investigation is now underway.

13:40 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Last date to pay property tax extended till Aug 31

The Karnataka state government has notified an extension to the last date for payment of property tax with 5 per cent rebate till August 31. The same, according to a circular issued by the Urban Development Department (UDD) will be applicable to all urban local bodies in Karnataka, except the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). 

The extension is in accordance with the convenience of property owners being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, and related restrictions.

12:46 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka ranks first in unemployment-related suicides

Karnataka is in first place in the number of suicides committed by unemployed people, according to the nationwide figures presented by Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupendra Yadav in Lok Sabha on Monday.

As per NCRB data, 553 unemployment-related suicides were reported in Karnataka in 2019, followed by Maharashtra (452) and Tamil Nadu (251).

The number of unemployment-related suicides in the State has increased since 2016.

12:44 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Delta variant predominant in Covid-19 cases among children too

The Delta variant of coronavirus has been the predominant one causing Covid-19 infections among children in Karnataka, genome sequencing of the virus during the second wave has found. “There is no distinctive variant in children infected with the coronavirus. It is mainly Delta that is seen, almost predominantly Delta,” said Prof V Ravi, nodal officer for genome sequencing in the state who has been studying gene sequences in samples of children tested positive for Covid-19.

The move to study genome sequences of the virus that has infected children in the second wave is part of efforts to prepare for the next wave of infections by understanding if any new variants of the virus – other than the known ones at present – are affecting children.

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12:14 (IST)03 Aug 2021
‘Not ideological endorsement’: Ananthkumar’s daughter clarifies pro-JD(S) tweet

Days after she called the JD(S) “a strong political force”, Vijeta Ananthkumar, daughter of former Union Minister and Karnataka BJP leader late H N Ananthkumar, clarified that her statement was just a “political observation” and not an “ideological endorsement”.

Vijeta’s July 29 tweet led to speculation that either she or someone from her family would switch loyalties to JD(S). JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had even invited Tejaswini Ananthkumar, Vijeta’s mother, to join the party.

Dismissing the speculation, Vijeta, who is a policy researcher, said that it was “iniquitous” to link her ideas and opinions to that of her family members. She said, “There is an ideology and then there is political analysis or observation, these are often confused to be one and the same. As a keen learner, this was my political observation and not my ideological endorsement.”

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10:41 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka administers over 7 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in last 24 hours

As many as 7,18,498 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered across the state on Monday, a visible rise as compared to the average 2 to 3 lakh daily inoculation for over a month.

The rise in coverage comes a day after Chief Minister Basavraj Bommmai announced that the Centre has earmarked 1 crore doses of the vaccine to the south Indian state.

As per statistics issued by the Karnataka Health Department, Belagavi reported most vaccinations till 9 pm with 80,504 vaccinations while another 69,128 doses were administered in BBMP limits of Bengaluru. 

The only day the state witnessed more vaccination jabs than on Monday was on June 21 – when over 10 lakh people were inoculated – the first day after the Centre’s revised vaccination guidelines came into effect, coinciding with the International Day of Yoga.

09:50 (IST)03 Aug 2021
No birthday and private parties in police station; Karnataka DG & IGP issues guidelines

After incidents of police officers participating in parties with antisocial elements and the videos of birthday parties going viral on social media, Karnataka DG & IGP Praveen Sood has directed police officers not to allow any private functions at the station or invite members of the public for send-off or other programmes held at stations.

In a circular issued recently, Sood has said that police officers should maintain discipline and decorum while attending any programme. A police officer has the responsibility of crime prevention and maintaining law and order in the society and his action and behaviour in uniform is a reflection of the entire department and the society, he said.

The circular was issued after Hosakote PSI, C.M. Raju, celebrating his birthday and promotion at the station on June 2 with his friend and the staff, while COVID-19 guidelines were in force was later circulated on social media and drew huge criticism against the police.

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09:49 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Kodagu DC bans sale of liquor in villages bordering Kerala

Observing that several people from Kerala were crossing the border to Karnataka's Kodagu in a bid to procure liquor in the last few days, a ban on the sale of liquor has been imposed at villages bordering Kerala in the district. 

According to an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Charulatha Somal, liquor sale is prohibited in standalone outlets, bars and restaurants, clubs and hotels within a radius of 5 km at Karike and Kutta villages, near the Kerala border. 

Somal has also warned violators of the rule with action under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act.

09:48 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Congolese national’s alleged custodial death: CID to probe, protest turns violent in Bengaluru

A day after the alleged custodial death of a Congolese national, a demonstration by African nationals in front of the JC Nagar police station in Bengaluru turned violent Monday when the police conducted a lathi charge.

City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said one of the protesters assaulted an officer, which resulted in the lathi charge. No one sustained major injuries. Pant said a case has been registered against protesters for attacking the officer and a probe is on.

According to the police, Joel Shindani Malu, 27, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was detained early Monday morning for allegedly possessing narcotic substances. In custody a couple of hours later, he complained of chest pain and was rushed to a private hospital where he died allegedly of cardiac arrest.

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09:14 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Provide Covid-19 vaccination data of school staff by Aug 12: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to submit data on the Covid-19 vaccination coverage of both teaching and non-teaching of staff working in government and aided schools by August 12.

A Division Bench comprising Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice P Krishna Bhat observed that getting all stakeholders involved in daily operations of schools vaccinated would boost the confidence level of parents and the staff when authorities decide to reopen the institutions. 

The Bench issued the direction while hearing a PIL petition that sought direction to supply cooked midday meals to students.

Meanwhile, the Bench also orally said it would be unpopular to decide reopening schools at a time when daily Covid-19 cases were rising again with indications of a weekend lockdown in place, citing media reports on a possible third wave anticipated by the experts.

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08:59 (IST)03 Aug 2021
NGT quashes environmental clearance and orders immediate demolition of two luxury projects in Bengaluru

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently ordered immediate demolition of two high-rise luxury projects in Bengaluru on account of violation of environmental clearance rules on the Kaikondrahalli lake and its surrounding areas in the city.

The green panel quashed the environment clearance granted in 2018 to projects by Godrej Properties Limited and Wonder Projects Development Private Limited. The NGT panel also imposed a penalty of Rs 31 crore on the project proponent and said the amount shall be used for demolition of the constructions, rejuvenation and reforestation of the Kaikondrahalli lake and its surrounding area.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) which allowed construction and alteration of stormwater drain passing through the project site illegally. The order came on a petition filed by Bengaluru resident H P Rajanna against the project Godrej Reflections being built at Kasavanahalli village.

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08:50 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Seven accused behind killing of 36 monkeys arrested in Hassan

A few days after the carcasses of 36 monkeys were found at a village in Karnataka’s Hassan district, a total of seven people allegedly linked to the killing of the primates were arrested on Monday.

“All accused have been produced in court after FIRs were filed in their name, with legal proceedings to follow,” Hassan Deputy Commissioner R Girish told indianexpress.com. According to the district administration, a total of seven people—five by the police and two by forest officials—were confirmed to be arrested.

Girish added that preliminary investigation suggested that the accused had not planned to kill the monkeys. They had hired a couple, known to be monkey-catchers, to ensure that the monkeys were trapped and shifted to another place.

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08:36 (IST)03 Aug 2021
RT-PCR negative report mandatory for all passengers from Kerala, Maharashtra or undergo test: BBMP

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to conduct tests on all those who come to Bengaluru from Kerala and Maharashtra, without a negative RT-PCR report.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that those coming in with a negative certificate but who still show symptoms, will also have to undergo a test. "Until the test reports come in, they will have to remain in quarantine either home or institutional," he said.

08:26 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Chamarajanagar: Tourist sites to remain closed during weekends

The Chamarajanagar district administration on Monday decided to put restrictions on the entry of tourists to some popular destinations during weekends  to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

Tourists wishing to stay in resorts or hotels in the district must carry RT-PCR negative reports not older than 72 hours to get accommodation.

District administration has tightened surveillance at border checkposts. Staff have been told to deny entry to travellers from Kerala who fail to produce RT-PCR negative reports,  according to district administration.

08:17 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Congolese national’s alleged custodial death: CM says police handled situation with utmost tolerance

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that Bengaluru city police have handled the violent demonstration by African nationals in front of the police station with utmost tolerance. 

"Despite violent activity by a group of African nationals in J C Nagar on Monday, Bengaluru police handled the incident very patiently," he said on Monday night in Delhi. 

"We are receiving a number of complaints involving African nationals in drug peddling. The police have been taking steps to curb such activities," he added. 

A day after the alleged custodial death of a Congolese national, a demonstration by African nationals in front of the JC Nagar police station in Bengaluru turned violent Monday when the police conducted a lathi charge.

08:13 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Commuters travelling to Karnataka from Kerala sent back for not having RT-PCR report

Hundreds of commuters from Kerala were sent back by Dakshina Kannada police at the Talapady border on Monday for not having RT-PCR negative report, as mandated by the Karnataka government.

Passengers from Kerala staged a road roko at the spot for some time, police said The protesters alleged that the "sudden decision" of the Karnataka government has severely affected the people of Kasaragod, who depend on Mangaluru for employment, medical aid and education.

They urged the district administration to hold Covid tests at Talapady and allow them to enter Mangaluru. Police, meanwhile, said that they will file a case against people who blocked the highway.

DK district administration was holding Covid tests at the Talapady border till Monday morning. Those with symptoms are subjected to RAT test and if found to be positive, are sent back.

DK deputy commissioner K V Rajendra said that no person from Kerala will be allowed to enter Mangaluru without an RT- PCR test report. Additional police forces will be deployed to implement the rule, he said.

08:11 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM discuss cabinet expansion with BJP chief; final list expected today

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said a detailed discussion was held with BJP president J P Nadda on the expansion of his cabinet and the final list is expected on Tuesday.

Once the list of new ministers is finalised, the day of the oath-taking ceremony will be decided after discussion with Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel, he said.

The new cabinet will be selected balancing all factors, including regional and social representation. Those who migrated to the BJP from other parties need not worry, Bommai said.

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi and Kateel also attended the meeting. "We had a detailed discussion with Naddaji. We are expecting the final list tomorrow evening," Bommai told reporters after a close to an hour-long meeting.

"One list was discussed with the BJP chief and he has said that he will re-look and finalise it by tomorrow evening. We will get to know the number of new ministers and their names tomorrow," he said.

Bommai said that two to three lists with different combinations have been submitted to the party chief for consideration.

08:10 (IST)03 Aug 2021
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A few days after the carcasses of 36 monkeys were found at a village in Karnataka’s Hassan district, a total of seven people allegedly linked to the killing of the primates were arrested on Monday. “All accused have been produced in court after FIRs were filed in their name, with legal proceedings to follow,” Hassan Deputy Commissioner R Girish told indianexpress.com.

READ | Karnataka: Seven accused behind killing of 36 monkeys arrested in Hassan

A day after the alleged custodial death of a Congolese national, a demonstration by African nationals in front of the JC Nagar police station in Bengaluru turned violent Monday when the police conducted a lathi charge. City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said one of the protesters assaulted an officer, which resulted in the lathi charge.

READ | Congolese national’s alleged custodial death: CID to probe, protest turns violent in Bengaluru

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