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Karnataka News Highlights: Supreme Court dismisses urgent hearing plea against Karnataka HC hijab ban verdict, says ‘don’t sensationalise’

The top court also declined to give any specific date to hear the petitions.

By: Express Web Desk
Bengaluru | Updated: March 25, 2022 8:04:17 am
Students protest against the hijab ban in Karnataka (file photo)

Bengaluru, Karnataka News Highlights:  The Supreme court on Thursday, while dismissing petitions requesting urgent hearing of the case against the Karnataka High Court’s verdict upholding the power of educational institutions to ban wearing of hijabs inside the premises, asked the lawyer to not “sensationalise” the issue. The top court also declined to give any specific date to hear the petitions.

In a ruling that could help shape the debate on marital rape, the Karnataka High Court Wednesday refused to quash rape charges filed by a wife against her husband, defying the exception in law, and, instead, called on lawmakers to hear the “voices of silence.” “A man is a man; an act is an act; rape is a rape, be it performed by a man the ‘husband’ on the woman ‘wife’,” a single-judge bench of Justice M Nagaprasanna of the Karnataka High Court said. The “age-old…regressive” thought that “husbands are the rulers of their wives, their body, mind and soul should be effaced,” the court said.

Meanwhile, amid reports of diktats banning Muslim vendors from participating in annual festivals in coastal Karnataka, the BJP-led Karnataka government said it was the Congress government that introduced the rule to not lease temple property to non-Hindus. Also, after several incidents of stone-pelting on running Bengaluru Metro trains by miscreants, the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) have decided to increase the height walls near some of the lines protecting the upward and downward ramps of the Metro in the city.

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22:31 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Uproar as Karnataka speaker, minister say minorities will say ‘our RSS’ in future

The Karnataka Assembly on Thursday witnessed an uproar over the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh after the speaker referred to it as “our RSS” and a BJP minister backed him saying all Muslims and Christians in the country would become part of the Hindu right-wing organisation in the future.

Rural Development Minister KS Eshwarappa made the remark after Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri told Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan that the day was not far when everyone would have to accept the RSS—a statement Congress members took exception to.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, while discussing the law and order situation in the state, spoke about his friendship with BJP leaders and ministers. “It is important to maintain mutual respect. Irrespective of which political ideology one believes in, first come personal relationships and then come party differences—BJP, RSS, Congress and others,” Siddaramaiah said. Read More

20:55 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Sriram Sena backs Hindus boycotting Muslim traders in certain parts of Karnataka

Sriram Sena convener Pramod Muthalik on Thursday said his organisation backs the drive of some Hindus boycotting Muslim traders in certain parts of Karnataka.
          
Stating that the Muslim's 'expansionism and separatism are dangerous and killer' for the country, Muthalik said, "Sriram Sena extends its full cooperation to such boycott, which has started in Karnataka."
        
" For the past two days boycotting trade activities with Muslims has begun in Karnataka. The drive that started from a religious fair in Kaup in Udupi district has spread to other parts of the state," Muthalik said at a press conference. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Negligence led to father-daughter duo’s death in Bengaluru transformer blast: Minister

Karnataka Energy Minister V Sunil Kumar said on Thursday that negligence in addressing a complaint had led to Wednesday’s transformer blast in Bengaluru that claimed the lives of a man and his daughter.

Kumar told the Assembly that the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) had received a complaint at 12.50pm but it was not addressed. The explosion took place around 3.10pm.

The transformer installed on a footpath near the Manganahalli bridge exploded as Shivaraj (55) and Chaitanya (19) were passing it on a scooter. Shivaraj died on the spot while Chaitanya succumbed to burns a day later. Chaitanya’s marriage had recently been fixed and the duo were returning after booking a marriage hall. Read More

19:20 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Karnataka reports 109 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Karnataka reported 109 fresh Covid-19 cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, the Health Department stated. The state has 1782 active cases at present. 

19:06 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Tuberculosis being detected among those recovering from Covid-19: Karnataka health minister

Karnataka health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said Tuberculosis has been detected among several people who have recovered from COVID-19 and the government has sought a detailed report on this. 

Speaking at an event organized by the Health Department on the occasion of World TB Day on Thursday, he said, “For the first time in India, Tuberculosis screening has been conducted by the government for those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. Among 25 lakh people who were tested, 144 people were found to have Tuberculosis. These people have contracted Tuberculosis after recovering COVID-19. So, the government has sought a detailed report on the incidence of TB in Covid-19 recovered patients. The State government is committed to make Karnataka TB free by 2025.”

The minister added that TB, like COVID-19, is a contagious disease. “COVID-19 is caused by a virus and TB is caused by a bacteria. The WHO has said that the entire world must be made TB free by 2030. However, our Union government led by our PM Narendra Modi has aimed to make India TB free much before that by 2025. This cannot be done just by doctors and the government. The entire society needs to join hands and work collectively to achieve this target.”  Read more

18:48 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Observe Ugadi as ‘religious day’: Karnataka govt to temples

The Karnataka Minister for Religious Endowments has asked all the temples under the Muzrai Department to mark Ugadi, the first day of the Hindu New Year, as a ‘Dharmika Dina’ (religious day).

Minister for Muzrai in Karnataka Shashikala Jolle in a release said, “The Religious Endowment Department in accordance with its religious background, we thought it was appropriate to celebrate Ugadi day as a religious day.” Read More

18:13 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Chitra Santhe to be held on March 27

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will inaugurate the 19th edition of Chitra Santhe on March 27. Organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, the art exhibition will be held from 8 am to 8 pm at Kumarakrupa road, Bengaluru.

17:18 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Bharat Electronics, Airports Authority of India sign agreement to develop indigenous air traffic

In a major boost to its own diversification drive into non-defence and the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), under it’s R&D initiative, at Wings India- 2022, has entered into an agreement for the joint, indigenous development of systems for air traffic management and surface movement of aircraft at airports in the country which were hitherto being imported. 

Under this Agreement, BEL and AAI will jointly develop Civil Air Traffic Management System (ATMS) with Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (ASMGCS), a complex ground surveillance system that manages air traffic at airports and in Indian Civil Airspace for safe operation of flights from take-off to landing. 

The dual purpose of air traffic control is to ensure safety, maintaining separation between multiple aircraft, and efficient management of operations at the airport and Indian airspace. ASMGCS provides routing, guidance and surveillance services to aircraft and vehicles on the ground in order to maintain safe surface movement in all weather conditions at the airport.

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17:09 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Not allowing non-Hindus inside temple permitted by law: Karnataka Home Minster

"Some Muslims protested and closed shops after the Hhijab verdict. It's the next process (Muslims banned from trading in Hindu temple premises). Not allowing non-Hindus inside temple premises is permitted according to the existing law which Congress government had brought," Karnataka Home Minsiter Araga Jnanendra was quoted as saying by ANI.

He was responding to the row over Muslim shopkeepers being banned from putting up stalls in annual temple fairs, especially in coastal Karnataka.

17:06 (IST)24 Mar 2022
All Muslims, Christians will associate with RSS some day: Karnataka Minister Eshwarappa

Karnataka Minister and senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa on Thursday claimed that all Muslims and Christians in the country will associate themselves with the RSS, some day in the future. 

The Rural Development Minister's statement came during a discussion in the legislative Assembly, when the Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri used the term "Our RSS" and that a day would come when opposition legislators would also say the same, to which Congress legislators expressed reservation. 

It all started when Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made a reference to the saffron organisation, while speaking about his personal equations with some BJP leaders and Ministers. 

"Personal relations are important, then comes party differences- BJP, RSS, Congress and others," the Congress leader said. 

To this the Speaker in a lighter note asked Siddaramaiah, "why are you feeling troubled about our RSS?" As Siddaramaiah was clarifying that he was not speaking by attaching any feelings, Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan asked, "You (Speaker) are saying-'Our RSS'- sitting on that chair?"   

To this Kageri responded by saying, "what else, if not our RSS? Yes....it is Our RSS. RSS is ours....Zameer, I'm telling you one thing, if not today some day in the future, in our country, even you will have to say- Our RSS- definitely."

To this, some Congress legislators including Khan said, that day would never come and they would never say it. (PTI)

16:27 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Karnataka Governor meets parents of Naveen SG

Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Thursday met the parents of Naveen SG, the Indian student who recently died in Ukraine amid the ongoing war.

16:06 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Complete mutation of over 1 lakh hectares of forest land: Karnataka HC to Shivamogga official

The Karnataka High Court on March 15 has directed the deputy commissioner of Shivamogga to complete the mutation of 1,08,747.35 hectares of forest land expeditiously.

The court gave the order while hearing a writ petition filed by social activist Gireesh Achar which mentioned that in respect of Shivamogga district circle the total notified forest area is 3,61,229.86 hectares of which the total area mutated in the RTC is 2,52,482.51 hectares. However, 1,08,747.35 hectares of the forest land was yet to be mutated. The petitioner said the Bhadravathi forest division and Shivamogga forest division of the district should file an appeal against the illegal grant of forest land in respect of mutation in Shivamogga circle. Read more

15:13 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Exempting husband of marital rape runs counter to Article 14 of constitution: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court has said exempting a husband from allegation of rape and unnatural sex with his wife runs against the Article 14 of the Constitution, which speaks about equality.

Karnataka High Court. (File)

"If a man, a husband, a man he is, can be exempted of allegation of commission of ingredients of Section 375 of the IPC, inequality percolates into such provision of law. Therefore, it would run counter to what is enshrined in Article 14 of the Constitution," Justice M Nagaprasanna said in his order while dismissing a petition filed by a man seeking to quash the proceedings of allegedly committing rape and unnatural sex with his wife and sexually harassing his daughter.

Noting that the exception of sexual intercourse and other sexual acts by the husband stood exempted, the court said a woman being a woman is given certain status while a woman being a wife is given a different status. Likewise, a man being a man is punished for his acts whereas a man being a husband is exempted for his acts. (PTI)

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Development of AMCA will lead to a quantum jump in technological capabilities of India: HAL Chairman

The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme has completed the preliminary design stage and detailed design phase has commenced. Speaking with The Indian Express, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), R Madhavan said the development of AMCA will lead to a quantum jump in technological capabilities of India.

“AMCA development programme is being progressed by ADA and HAL is its design partner. It is the indigenous fifth generation fighter and the specifications are in line with the Fifth Generation aircraft technology with features like stealth, internal weapons, super cruise, serpentine air intake etc. The prototypes are planned to be manufactured through SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) models involving Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), HAL and private players,” he said.

Last week, a new Flight Control System (FCS) integration facility, constructed at Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, was inaugurated. The facility will support the Research & Development (R&D) activities for developing Avionics for Fighter Aircraft and FCS for the fifth generation aircraft. Read more

13:08 (IST)24 Mar 2022
‘Don’t sensitise’: Supreme Court nixes urgent hearing plea against Karnataka HC hijab ban verdict

The Supreme court on Thursday, while dismissing petitions requesting urgent hearing of the case against the Karnataka High Court’s verdict upholding the power of educational institutions to ban wearing of hijabs inside the premises, asked the lawyer to not “sensitise” the issue. The top court also declined to give any specific date to hear the petitions. Responding to a request that the matter be heard next week as it would otherwise stop the girl students from appearing for their exams, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said: “This has nothing to do with the exams…don’t sensitise.” Read more

 
12:40 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Karnataka Governor appoints Justice Phaneendra as new Upa Lokayukta

After a gap of nearly two years, a former judge of the Karnataka High Court Justice K N Phaneendra has been appointed the Upa Lokayukta of the state.

Karnataka Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot issued a notification appointing Justice Phaneendra after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai recommended his name for the post following a consultation with the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Chairman of Legislative Council and Leader of Opposition in both the Houses of the state Legislature. Justice Phaneendra is likely to take oath next week. Read more


12:11 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Karnataka police hand Shivamogga Bajrang Dal activist murder probe to NIA

The Karnataka government has handed over the investigation into the murder of a Bajrang Dal worker in Shivamogga city of the state, which occurred on February 20, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The NIA registered a formal complaint in the case of the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha Nagaraj alias Harsha Hindu, 27, in a New Delhi court Wednesday after being handed the investigation, police sources said. On March 2, the Karnataka Police invoked sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, against 10 people arrested in the February 21 murder case. The NIA is expected to seek custody of the arrested suspects to carry out investigations in Shivamogga. Read more

11:40 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Weather update for today

The Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted cloudy sky in Bengaluru with a slight chance of rain. Mist very likely during early morning hours in some areas and surface winds likely to be strong and gusty at times, the department said. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively.

For 48 hrs.: Generally cloudy sky. Rain/Thundershowers likely. Mist very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Surface winds likely to be strong and gusty at times. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively.

11:20 (IST)24 Mar 2022
SC refuses to give specific date for hearing plea against Karnataka High Court order on hijab ban

The Supreme Court Thursday refused to give a specific date for the hearing challenging the Karnataka HC order upholding the ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions in the state. To the appellants who contented that exams were due and they were being prevented from entering school, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said, “this has nothing to do with exams…don’t sensitise the issue”.

11:03 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Karnataka: Wildlife activists raise concern over feral dogs attacking sambars in forest areas

Wildlife activists have expressed concern over the recent incidents of feral dogs attacking wild sambars in Castlerock under Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier this month, a wild sambar was found dead in the area after being attacked by the canines. A video also captured a sambar being chased by a pack of dogs.

When asked about the recent cases of dogs attacking sambars, a senior forest official said requesting anonymity, “The problem has not come to my notice yet. I will look into it. However, on several occasions, feral/stray dogs found within the forest area have been neutralised in order to save the wild animals. There is also a fear of diseases spreading from dogs to wild animals. They attack sambar, chital in packs of 15 or 20. We have also involved panchayat members and sensitised people to see to it that these dogs are not allowed into the forest area. We have no hold over the dog population in urban areas. But we have the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) standard operating procedures (SOPs) to deal with stray, feral dogs in tiger reserve areas.” Read more

The Bengaluru police on Tuesday brought to the city a man from Tamil Nadu who had allegedly issued death threats to three Karnataka High Court judges, including Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, over the recent verdict on the hijab row.

The man has been identified as Rahamathulla, a native of Madurai, and he has been brought to Bengaluru from Tamil Nadu by the Karnataka police after producing a body warrant, said Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday. The minister added that the Karnataka government had taken the threat to judges seriously, as it amounts to challenging the system, and there is a need to suppress such elements.

READ | TN man brought to Karnataka for issuing death threats to high court judges over hijab verdict

The Karnataka Police have arrested a 31-year-old man from Belagavi district for allegedly threatening Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLC DS Arun on Facebook using a pseudonym recently. The arrested has been identified as Srikanth, a resident of Gokak. Srikanth, in the pseudonym of Musthak Ali, allegedly posted on Facebook: “In your head, only one Hindu activist has died but our target is to kill Hindu women and children.” His Facebook post was seen in the backdrop of Bajarang Dal activist Harsha’s murder in the Shivamogga district. A case was registered at the Bagalkot CEN police station on February 23.

Following this, On March 5, Vageesh MT, personal secretary of DS Arun registered a case alleging that the MLC had received a message on Facebook on February 21 from the account in the pseudonym of Musthak Ali with the same content.

READ | Karnataka: Man who threatened BJP MLC on Facebook using pseudonym arrested

Wildlife activists have expressed concern over the recent incidents of feral dogs attacking wild sambars in Castlerock under Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier this month, a wild sambar was found dead in the area after being attacked by the canines. A video also captured a sambar being chased by a pack of dogs.

READ | Karnataka: Wildlife activists raise concern over feral dogs attacking sambars in forest areas

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First published on: 23-03-2022 at 08:50:33 am
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