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Karnataka News Live Updates: Seven members of a family passed away in accident on way to Ayodhya, CM Bommai expresses condolences

Karnataka Bengaluru News Live Updates, 29 May: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday said that the issue has been resolved and the Karnataka High Court has delivered its verdict, therefore students should follow the court's order and focus on their studies.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 29, 2022 10:09:21 pm
Bangalore News, Bengaluru News LiveKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (File)

Karnataka Bengaluru News Live Updates: Seven members of a family from Karnataka’s Bidar died in an accident near Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. They were on their way to Ayodhya. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed his condolences to the family.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the government has not yet thought about further cut in fuel tax, following the Centre’s recent decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. Bowing to public pressure, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on May 21 had announced a Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 a litre on diesel to avoid increase in fuel prices that were necessitated due to surge in international oil prices. “No we have not yet thought about it…,” Bommai said in response to a question on whether the state government has thought about any cut in fuel prices, following the Centre’s decision.

In other news, a day after Mangalore University issued an advisory making uniform mandatory, a group of girls wearing hijab reached the campus on Saturday. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday said that the issue has been resolved and the Karnataka High Court has delivered its verdict, therefore students should follow the court’s order and focus on their studies.

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Karnataka Bengaluru News Live Updates: Govt has not yet thought about further cut in fuel tax, CM Bommai says; Mangalore University: Girls in hijab sent back; CM says focus on studies; Follow live updates.

22:07 (IST)29 May 2022
K'taka records 241 new COVID-19 cases, zero deaths

Karnataka saw a spike in COVID-19 cases with 241 fresh infections reported on Sunday taking the total number of affected people to 39,51,739, the state health department said.

The state had recorded 196 cases on Saturday.

There were zero fatalities due to COVID-19 in the state during the last 24 hours.

Of the new infections, Bengaluru urban district contributed 232, while Dakshina Kannada reported four, Tumakuru three and Belagavi two cases.

There were zero infections and fatalities in 27 districts of the state. (PTI)

21:49 (IST)29 May 2022
Mangaluru students and officials a worried lot as hijab row rears its head again

“I am the daughter of a fishmonger and a first-generation college girl from my family. Now the college authorities are afraid of a piece of cloth that I wear,” said Fathima Shazma, a first-year journalism student at University College in Mangaluru.

While the hijab controversy was raging in coastal Karnataka’s Udupi district, the constituent college of Mangalore University was never affected as the students were allowed to wear headscarves matching the colour of the uniform. But last week, after protesters backed by the ABVP, the RSS’s student wing, threatened to wear saffron shawls if headscarves are allowed in classrooms, the situation has changed. (Read More)

21:07 (IST)29 May 2022
3 tourists from Telangana drown at Abbey Falls

Three tourists from Telangana allegedly drowned in Kote Abbey Falls, about 24 kms from here, in Karnataka's Kodagu district on Sunday, police said.

A group from Telangana had visited Kodagu for the weekend and went to Kote Abbey Falls, they added.

While taking bath, they might have gone into the deep end of the falls in the evening, police said adding that their bodies have been fished out and shifted to hospital for a post-mortem. (PTI)

20:06 (IST)29 May 2022
Karnataka seer Nirmalananda seeks action against ‘those who disrespected state anthem’

Nirmalananda Swamy of the Adichunchanagiri Mutt has written to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to take action against those who “disrespected” Kuvempu and his works on social media.

In a letter addressed to the Bommai, the seer said, “If someone is distorting the state anthem and disrespecting it, it is equal to disrespecting the national anthem itself and it is a clear violation of the law of the land. I hope the chief minister and the government will initiate action against such individuals under the cybercrime law. The government must send out a clear message that such insults and attacks will not be tolerated.”

“Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe, written by Kuvempu, was declared the state anthem by the then state government and nobody demanded or opposed it. It was the decision of the state government and we celebrated and continue to celebrate it. But some have distorted it and have disrespected the anthem and it is a violation,” the letter said. (Read More)

19:17 (IST)29 May 2022
Techie offers gifts to children lining up at Raichur library

The residents of Raichur, which is located in northern Karnataka, hesitate to step out of their homes during daytime in the summer months owing to the oppressive heat. The mercury in this region of Karnataka neighbouring Andhra Pradesh often crosses the 40-degree-Celsius mark. Like much of the adult population, children, too, stay homebound and, in the process, become addicted to smartphones. Therefore, an engineer has devised a way to help children overcome the addiction and also pick up the habit of reading books.

Rangarao Desai, an engineer with a Bengaluru-based firm, has given children the offer to read a book within an hour and win prizes.

“I came up with a plan to prevent mobile addiction. We renovated a building owned by my family and stacked it with books. The books are basically brief accounts of the lives of famous personalities and generally do not cross 50 pages. So, I told the children that they can take away a gift if they succeed in reading 50 pages within an hour. We have kept tennis balls, kites, chocolates, caps and many other gifts at the centre,” he said. (Read More)

18:30 (IST)29 May 2022
ICYMI | Bengaluru police arrest high-end bicycle thief, recover 54 bicycles worth Rs 6 lakh

Bengaluru police on Saturday arrested a high-end bicycle thief in the city and recovered 54 bicycles, worth Rs 6 lakh, from him, officers said.

The police in Sudduguntepalya identified the accused as Balraj (48), a resident of Mylasandra. They had recently received a complaint regarding a bicycle theft following which officers checked the CCTV footage in the area and, upon investigation, found that Balraj was a habitual offender, the police said. Balraj had been out on bail after being arrested in a house theft case. A former resident of Tilak Nagar, he had recently shifted to Mylasandra, they added.

Deputy commissioner of police (south east) Srinath Mahadev Joshi said a case regarding the theft was registered on May 9. The complainant’s son had parked the bicycle inside their compound and left when Balraj escaped with it. (Read More)

17:04 (IST)29 May 2022
Seven members of a family passed away in accident on way to Ayodhya

Seven members of a family from Karnataka's Bidar died in an accident near Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. They were on their way to Ayodhya. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed his condolences to the family.

16:43 (IST)29 May 2022
Dr Ravi M Tirlapur elected new President of KAS Officers' Association

Dr Ravi M Tirlapur is the new President of the KAS Officers' Association

15:52 (IST)29 May 2022
Tributes paid to Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji at Maratha Light Infantry Centre

A solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held at The MARATHA LIGHT INFANTRY REGIMENTAL CENTRE on 29 May 2022 to pay tribute to its brave heart Nk Jadhav Prashant Shivaji of 22 MARATHA LI whose mortal remains were flown in from New Delhi today for last rituals at his native place, Basarge Bk in Gadhinglaj. 


Naik Jadhav Prashant Shivaji along with six others made the supreme sacrifice in a tragic road accident on Friday, as the bus in which they were travelling skidded off the road and fell into the Shyok river near Turtuk, Ladakh.  Wreaths were laid at Sharqat War Memorial by senior army officers to pay homage to the departed soul.

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15:40 (IST)29 May 2022
BJP captures Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporator Mayor and Deputy Mayor post for third time

BJP has managed to capture Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporator Mayor and Deputy Mayor post for the third time in a row. On Saturday, Iresh Anchatgeri was elected Mayor and Uma Mukund was elected deputy mayor. The elections were held after three years gap. 

While the BJP needed 44 votes to elect the mayor, it managed to get 51 votes. Of the 82 seats in the corporation, BJP has 39, Congress has 33, six independent candidates, 3 from AIMIM and one from JD(S). 5 independent candidates, one JD(S), 3 MLAs and 1 on MP stood in support of BJP to reach the magic number. 

Union minister and MP Pralhad Joshi, MLAs Jagadish Shettar, Arvind Bellad, Amrut Desai, MLCs Pradeep Shettar, SV Sankanur, and Congress MLA Prasad Abbayya exercised their votes in the election.

15:37 (IST)29 May 2022
Student stopped from entering college for wearing skull cap, later assaulted in police station; FIR registered

An FIR has been registered against seven persons including a police sub-inspector, and a principal of a first-grade government college after a student was allegedly assaulted for wearing a skull cap.

Naveed Hasansab Tharathari (19), in his complaint, alleged that his entry was denied inside the college over wearing a skull cap though there were no court orders preventing him to wear it. Later, in the complaint, he says that he was assaulted inside the police station for nearly two hours. The FIR was filed after a local court ordered the police to do so.

13:52 (IST)29 May 2022
Film actor leader Mukhyamantri Chandra resigns from Congress

Film actor and Congress leader Mukhyamantri Chandru Sunday resigned from the party citing personal reasons.

12:07 (IST)29 May 2022
Lakes of Bengaluru: Allocation of funds by state govt, BBMP but K R Puram Lake is still dying a slow death

In the Budget 2022-23, the Karnataka government announced that the Amruth Nagaroththana scheme will be implemented at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore in the next three years under which, infrastructural development and restoration of lakes will be taken up. The civic body of Bengaluru, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has also kept aside Rs 40 crore for the annual maintenance of the storm water drain (SWD).

Despite all the allocations, the lakes of Bengaluru are crying for dire attention and the civic body is citing lack of funds and displaying helplessness in restoring the waterbodies. With the monsoon approaching next month, the citizens are waiting for the development of the lakes so that these waterbodies could be used as flood mitigation centres. Read more


11:05 (IST)29 May 2022
Mangalore University: Girls in hijab sent back; CM says focus on studies

A day after Mangalore University issued an advisory making uniform mandatory, a group of girls wearing hijab reached the campus on Saturday. In a video recorded early this morning, Anusuya Rai, Principal of university college, Mangaluru, could be seen counselling the girls and trying to convince them regarding the need for attending the classes without the headscarf.

At a meeting of the College Development Council with the V-C, Principal and members of the syndicate of Mangalore University on Friday, it was decided that as per the March 15 ruling of the Karnataka HC, no hijab would be allowed inside classrooms. Read more

10:31 (IST)29 May 2022
BJP MLA threatens to stage demo over 'delay' in KPSC exam results

Criticising the alleged delay in announcing date for evaluation of the civil service exam conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) last year, a senior BJP MLA has warned that he would hold protest outside the commission's main gate here on May 31.

In a letter to the Karnataka Chief Secretary, KPSC chairperson and its secretary, former minister S Suresh Kumar alleged that there is no information provided to the candidates whether the evaluation process of the exam has commenced or not. In the letter, a copy of which was shared with the media, Kumar said the candidates have not received any information on the evaluation so far. (PTI)

10:02 (IST)29 May 2022
Karnataka MLC polls: Four BJP leaders, three others elected unopposed

All seven candidates in the fray for the election to the Karnataka Legislative Council were elected unopposed by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) on Friday. With this, the BJP will gain a majority in the Upper House as four of them are from the ruling saffron party in the state.

The polls for seven seats were scheduled to be held on June 3 but by Friday, the last day to withdraw nominations, only seven candidates were in the fray – four from the BJP, two from the Congress and one from JD(S). All were declared elected unopposed. The winners were declared by the returning officer of the MLC polls and secretary of Karnataka Legislative Assembly M K Vishalakshi.

09:22 (IST)29 May 2022
Govt has not yet thought about further cut in fuel tax, CM Bommai says

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the government has not yet thought about further cut in fuel tax, following the Centre’s recent decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. Bowing to public pressure, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on May 21 had announced a Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 a litre on diesel to avoid increase in fuel prices that were necessitated due to surge in international oil prices.

“No we have not yet thought about it…,” Bommai said in response to a question on whether the state government has thought about any cut in fuel prices, following the Centre’s decision. (PTI)

09:09 (IST)29 May 2022
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19:39 (IST)28 May 2022
Watch| Day after advisory by Mangalore University, girl students turn up wearing hijabs

Following the advisory passed by the Mangalore University to its students Friday about wearing uniforms and not allowing hijabs inside the classrooms, a group of girls wearing hijabs turned up at the University campus Saturday.

In a video recorded Saturday morning the principal of the college, Anusuya Rai, was seen convincing the students about the uniform rules. In a meeting convened by the College Development Council (CDC) with the Vice-Chancellor, principal and members of the syndicate of Mangalore University, it was decided that the Karnataka High Court order dated March 15 will be enforced and hijabs will be allowed inside classrooms.

19:37 (IST)28 May 2022
CM Bommai calls upon Jain community to establish e-commerce company on the lines of Flipkart, Amazon

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday called upon the Jain Community, which has a major presence in business world over, to establish an e-commerce company under their own forum of Jain International Trade Organisation(JITO), on the lines of Flipkart and Amazon.

The Chief Minister in his address after inaugurating the 'JITO Grand Summit' said, the Jain community has excelled in trade and business. The community has a very good network worldover. "You will achieve huge success if JITO establishes an e-commerce company. The profit from the company could be used for the welfare of JITO members," he said.

The court of the principal city civil and sessions judge in Bengaluru has drawn up a plan to conduct the trial into the murder of the journalist Gauri Lankesh from July 4, with hearings to be held every second week of a month. To commence the trial, the sessions court had summoned the first witness—Kavitha Lankesh, younger sister of the slain journalist—but did not record her statement on Friday on account of some of the accused jailed in Maharashtra not being present in the court.

READ | Bengaluru court draws up plan to start Gauri Lankesh murder trial from July 4

A day after a three-year-old girl was killed on Thursday by a water tanker in Bengaluru, the police Friday arrested three persons, including a man, who was a proxy of the actual driver. The arrested were identified as R Anand (47), a resident of Kasavanahalli and the owner of the tanker, Mohammed Rakib (23), a resident of Bommanahalli, the original driver of the tanker, and N Ramesh Babu (36), a resident of Kasavanahalli and Rakib’s proxy.

READ | Cops arrest 3, including proxy driver, after water tanker crushes 3-year-old girl to death in Bengaluru

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