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Karnataka Bengaluru September 3, 4 Highlights: BNP organises protest against property tax notices issued by BBMP

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 3, 4 Highlights: With no solution for more than 15 years of the poor road conditions, the residents of Anjanapura main road on Saturday staged a protest by planting paddy in the slush and even drove coracles on the main road.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 6, 2021 8:08:49 am
The demonstration was simultaneously streamed live on the BNP Facebook page too.

Karnataka Bangalore News September 3, 4 Highlights: In an effort to bring to the notice of the Government of Karnataka, the unfair property tax notices issued by BBMP to lakhs of property owners in Bengaluru, Bengaluru Navanirmana Party (BNP), today organised a hybrid physical cum virtual demonstration wherein around 50 people carrying plaques sloganeered against the BBMP at its head office while, simultaneously 500 people took part in a virtual demonstration, demanding an immediate resolution of the issue.

With no solution for more than 15 years of the poor road conditions, the residents of Anjanapura main road on Saturday staged a protest by planting paddy in the slush and even drove coracles on the main road. Bengaluru south MLA M Krishnappa who visited the spot after learning about the protest assured to asphalt the road. He told that the funds had been released for the road works but ongoing cable work had delayed the repairs. Pavan Vasishta, a resident told The Indian Express that the road has huge craters and during the rainy season it fills up and even in cars, one cannot take the road. He said, “We have been demanding to asphalt the road for a long time but none paid any heed but assured every time which led to stage protest on Saturday.”

Also, 11 new ambient air quality monitoring stations will be set up in industrial areas by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board under the central government’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). The Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) will be set up in industrial areas across the state.

In another news, Four years after Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh was gunned down allegedly by members of a radical Hindutva group, the trial of the 17 accused is yet to begin even as investigators continue to probe the logistics supply network involved in the 2017 murder. Over the past few weeks, new charge sheets have been filed over the procurement of SIM cards by the accused using fake identities and support networks for use in covert operations that led to the murder of 55-year-old Lankesh.

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20:59 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Cabinet says CM to decide relaxing restrictions on Ganesha Festival celebrations

The Karnataka Cabinet on Saturday authorised Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to take a decision on relaxing restrictions on Ganesha Festival celebrations across the State.
          
"The Chief Minister has been authorised to call a meeting (of experts and officials) and take a decision regarding Ganesha festival celebrations," Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said.
        
Speaking to reporters here after the Cabinet meet, he said the Chief Minister would be talking to Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) of various districts and get information on the COVID-19 infection rate in the districts. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Namma Bengaluru Foundation, RWAs, activists protest felling of trees for Elevated Corridor Project

NGO Namma Bengaluru Foundation, in association with resident welfare associations, residents, citizen volunteers and activists, came together to protest against the decision to fell 67 trees for the Elevated Corridor Project in Koramangala. 

"The road, on which the elevated corridor is coming up, is the only road in Koramangala which has a canopy of old and large trees thereby, making it one of the largest lung spaces. We also seek transperency in the matter from all the government departments and agencies involved and share necessary information with the public," NBF in a statement said.

18:02 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Govt has still not considered reopening classes 1-5: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the government has still not considered reopening schools for classes 1 to 5, and guidelines will be issued once again to restrict organising large-scale events and rallies, in view of violation of COVID-19 protocols.

"No, we have not considered it yet. We will see how things will function with class 6,7 and 8, and based on that we will take further decisions," Bommai told reporters in response to a question on reopening school for classes 1-5.

The government has already allowed reopening of schools for students from class 9 to 12 since August 23, and class 6,7 and 8 will reopen from September 6. (PTI)

18:00 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Karnataka cabinet decides to ban online gambling

The Karnataka Cabinet on Saturday decided to impose a ban on online gambling or betting. However, lottery and horse racing have not been prohibited.

"We are amending the Karnataka Police Act, with an intention to put an end to online gambling, on the basis of the High Court directions. The cabinet has approved the amendments, it will be placed before the assembly," Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting in Bengaluru, he said the government has decided to ban online gambling. (PTI)

15:58 (IST)04 Sep 2021
NGO Janaagraha applauds BBMP for allocating Rs 60 lakhs to Ward Committees in BBMP Budget

NGO Janaagraha applauds BBMP for allocating Rs 60 lakhs to each of the Ward Committees in BBMP Budget 2021-22.

BBMP ran the MyCityMyBudget 2021 campaign in partnership with Janaagraha and over 40 community organisations and Civil Society groups between December 2020 and January 2021 asking citizens to give them inputs on two specific areas: footpaths and public toilets.

The BBMP Budget notification to Nodal Officers on budget allocations for Ward Committees to decide works on footpaths and roads is a first in the country. The BBMP Budget 2021 book calls out in very specific terms that these are set aside for “works decided by Citizens”!

BBMP is making history through these proactive measures to further empower the institution of Ward Committees.

"While there will be hiccups in the implementation, given the needs will outweigh the budget, we must look at this as the glass half full and proceed to strengthen the Ward Committee platforms”, Sapna Karim, Head, Civic Participation.

15:51 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Bengaluru Navanirmana Party organises protest against property tax notices issued by BBMP

In an effort to bring to the notice of the Government of Karnataka, the unfair property tax notices issued by BBMP to lakhs of property owners in Bengaluru, Bengaluru Navanirmana Party (BNP), today organised a hybrid physical cum virtual demonstration wherein around 50 people carrying plaques sloganeered against the BBMP at the BBMP Head Office while simultaneously 500 people took part in a virtual demonstration, demanding an immediate resolution of the issue. The demonstration was simultaneously streamed live on the BNP Facebook page too.

Speaking at the demonstration, Srikanth Narasimhan, Founder and General Secretary, Bengaluru Navanirmana Party said, “We have resorted to this demonstration to request the BBMP and the Government of Karnataka for timely intervention in resolving the issue. We have also petitioned the Chief Minister for his intervention. While there have been assurances that the issue will be resolved, nothing concrete has happened. BBMP officers are still issuing notices to property owners in Bengaluru. This is causing a lot of angst and anxiety among citizens as the interest and penalty keep adding up every passing day. Some property owners are also ending up paying the amount under duress from the local BBMP offices."

14:35 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra appeals for amendment to the Rule 94-C of the Land Reforms Act-1964

Karnataka Home minister Araga Jnanedra has sought for bringing an amendment to the Rules 94-C of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, invoking Rs 1,20,000 as the maximum annual income limit to get eligibility for becoming the beneficiary for the grant of land, under the Act, from the present income limit of Rs 30,000/- per annum.

In a separate letter to the Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the Revenue minister R Ashok, the minister has stated that the income limit, fixed to get BPL cards to the beneficiaries from the Food and Civil supplies department, was Rs 1,20,000. 

The minister, in his letter, has also stated that in the interests of the poor people, there is a need to enhance the income limit to get eligibility for land grants under Land Reforms Act – 94-C, from Rs 30,000 to Rs 1,20,000. 

The minister has also appealed to both the Chief Minister and the Revenue Minister, to direct the concerned authorities to initiate necessary actions on the subject.

12:54 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Residents plant paddy and drive coracles on Bengaluru road

With no solution for more than 15 years of the poor road conditions, the residents of Anjanapura main road on Saturday staged a protest by planting paddy in the slush and even drove coracles on the main road.

Getting to know the information, the local MLA rushed to the spot and assured the protesters the issue would be solved.

The residents on Saturday morning got a coracle and started planting paddy on the slushy roads and charged Rs 20 per person to cross the road in a coracle to mark their protest.

Anjanapura is located inward 197 Vasanthpura where the road conditions for more than 15 years have been the same.

Bengaluru south MLA M Krishnappa who visited the spot after learning about the protest assured to asphalt the road. He told that the funds had been released for the road works but ongoing cable work had delayed the repairs.

Pavan Vasishta, a resident told Indian Express that the road has huge craters and during the rainy season it fills up and even in cars, one cannot take the road. He said, "We have been demanding to asphalt the road for a long time but none paid any heed but assured every time which led to stage protest on Saturday."

Anjanapura road is the same place where a techie was abducted, raped and murdered in 2005 by a cab driver. 

12:47 (IST)04 Sep 2021
NAL’s Hansa-NG has successful maiden flight

The two-seater Hansa New Generation (Hansa-NG) aircraft, a revamped version of the original Hansa developed three decades ago, had a successful maiden flight Friday when it took off from the HAL airport and flew for about 20 minutes.

Designed and developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) in Bengaluru, the aircraft was flown by test pilot Captain Amit Dahiya to an altitude of 4,000 feet and gained a speed of 80 knots before landing, the NAL said in an official statement. Dahiya said all flight parameters were normal.

12:46 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Karnataka pollution board to set up 11 air quality monitoring stations in industrial clusters

Eleven new ambient air quality monitoring stations will be set up in industrial areas by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board under the central government’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

The Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) will be set up in industrial areas across the state.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has confirmed that they are in talks with the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to install CAAQMS in industrial areas.

12:23 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Duo kills civil contractor using helmet in Basaveshwararanagar

A 40-year-old civil contractor was killed outside a bar-cum-restaurant in Basaveshwararanagar on Thursday night. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) West Sanjeev M Patil said the accused had questioned the victim for staring at him, leading to an argument.

The Basaveshwararanagar police has arrested two people in connection with the crime, Mahesh, a 40-year-old writer for a BBMP contractor, and Nagaraj, a 35-year-old flower decorator.

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11:21 (IST)04 Sep 2021
ISRO, IISc researchers develop device to carry out biological experiments in space

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have developed a modular, self-contained device to cultivate microorganisms, which could enable scientists to carry out biological experiments even in space.

In a study published in Acta Astronautica, the team showed how the device can be used to activate and track the growth of a bacterium called Sporosarcina pasteurii over several days, with minimal human involvement.

10:15 (IST)04 Sep 2021
Gauri Lankesh killing: 4 years on, multiple pleas stall trial

Four years after Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh was gunned down allegedly by members of a radical Hindutva group, the trial of the 17 accused is yet to begin even as investigators continue to probe the logistics supply network involved in the 2017 murder.

Over the past few weeks, new charge sheets have been filed over the procurement of SIM cards by the accused using fake identities and support networks for use in covert operations that led to the murder of 55-year-old Lankesh.

Lankesh, an outspoken critic of radical Hindutva, was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the night of September 5, 2017, by two motorcycle-borne assassins.

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22:12 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka to keep Dasara celebrations in Mysuru low-key for 2nd consecutive year

In anticipation of a Covid-19 third wave, the Karnataka government Friday decided to keep Dasara festivities in Mysuru and adjoining districts low-key.

Announcing the decision to conduct the state’s official festival in a “simple and traditional” manner for the second consecutive year, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “We have decided to release Rs 6 crore to celebrate Dasara festival at Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, and Sriragapatna.”

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21:48 (IST)03 Sep 2021
NIA files charge sheet against suspected ISIS terrorist in Al-Hind Bengaluru module case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a supplementary charge sheet in a special court in Bengaluru against a suspected ISIS terrorist Shihabudeen for his alleged involvement in collecting and handing over arms and ammunitions in Mumbai part of the larger conspiracy.

Shihabudeen has been charged under Section 120B of Indian Penal Code, 1860, Section 25 (1)(a) of Arms Act 1959 and Sections 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, according to NIA.

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21:22 (IST)03 Sep 2021
‘Promotes privatisation, hits state autonomy’: NEP in Karnataka fuels political debate

The Karnataka government’s decision to begin implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP), making it the first state to do so, has fuelled debates among the political circles as well.

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, who has been opposing the “hasty” decision of the government to do so, Friday urged Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan to withdraw the decision to implement NEP.

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20:28 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Ramesh Jarkiholi CD case: Karnataka HC extends stay on filing of SIT’s final reports

The Karnataka High Court Friday extended a stay on the filing of final reports by a Special Investigation Team of the Bengaluru Police in connection with an alleged sex CD of former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.

Adjourning the hearing as the senior counsel of the woman involved in the case was unwell, the bench led by acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said interim orders issued earlier would continue.

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20:27 (IST)03 Sep 2021
FKCCI members meet Minister Sunil Kumar, seek tax reduction

Karnataka Minister for Energy, Kannada and Culture V Sunil Kumar on Friday interacted with Industry and Trade Association representatives under the aegis of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI). G Kumar Naik, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy Department and N Manjula, IAS, Managing Director of KPTCL also attended the meeting that discussed the issues faced by the industries and business communities.

Perikal M Sundar, President of FKCCI, requested the minister to reduce Power Tax from 9% to 3% to help the industries to recover from economic crisis.

19:33 (IST)03 Sep 2021
ED opens new office in Mangaluru

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) opened a new sub-zonal office in Mangaluru district in coastal Karnataka that began functioning on Friday.

The office is located at E-7, Central Excise Staff Quarters, Kankanady in Mangaluru and it will function under its existing zonal office in the state based in Bengaluru, the ED said in a statement.

The new office will be headed by a deputy director rank officer and have jurisdiction over 15 districts of the state -- Dakshina Kannada, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur, Gadag, Haveri, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Uttara Kannada, Koppal, Udupi and Raichur, it said.

19:14 (IST)03 Sep 2021
Horamavu nursing college declared containment zone, over 700 residents in neighbourhood to be tested

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar Friday said that around 700 to 800 residents living in the neighbourhood of Christian College of Nursing in Horamavu would be tested for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure.

"The infected students have been shifted to Covid care centres for isolation. The college will be sealed down for 7-8 days and then testing will be conducted again. The area has been declared as micro-containment zone," he said after visiting the college.

Earlier, as many as 34 students had tested Covid positive in the college in over four days after which samples were sent by BBMP officials for genomic sequencing.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Wednesday night arrested police sub-inspector (PSI) Arjun who had forced a Dalit youth to drink an inmate’s urine at the Gonibeedu police station in Mudigere taluk in May this year. The investigation was handed over to the CID and a team led by superintendent of police Ravi D Channannavar, which began the investigation under the guidance of the director general of police B S Sandhu, arrested Arjun.

READ | Karnataka: Sub-inspector accused of making Dalit youth drink inmate’s urine arrested

Ten days after a 30-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and murdered in a village in Karnataka’s Tumkur district, police are yet to make any headway in the investigation. The Tumkur case is solely dependent on ground information, unlike the Mysuru rape-murder case, which took place on the same day, made headlines and where police managed to nab the accused through mobile phone location information and witness account, police sources said.

READ | Karnataka: 10 days on, little headway in probe into rape-murder

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