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Bangalore News Highlights: Karnataka govt notifies Protection of Freedom of Religion Act

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bommaiKarnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai. (File)

Bangalore, Karnataka News Highlights: The Karnataka government has notified the Karnataka Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022. The anti-conversion law was passed by the state legislature during the recently held monsoon session.

In other news, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday began the 21-day Karnataka leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra and is set to travel by foot 511 kilometres in seven districts of the state before entering Telangana. The Congress state unit will look to make full use of the yatra to galvanise its members and gather support among the public ahead of the Legislative Assembly election.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court Friday quashed government notification for OBC and women reservations for Bengaluru city council BBMP polls on grounds that it was not done scientifically and does not comply with the triple test norm prescribed by Supreme Court. Orders fresh notification to be issued by November 30 and BBMP polls to be held by December 31. BBMP polls are due from 2020 September.

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Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka govt notifies Protection of Freedom of Religion Act; Rahul Gandhi set to cover 511 km in 7 districts for Bharat Jodo Yatra; Bengaluru's Cubbon Park to get a makeover. More updates below.

21:20 (IST)30 Sep 2022

An electric car caught fire at Kengal on the Bangalore-Mysore highway on Friday. No casualities were reported.

20:03 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Activist approaches environment ministry, seeks probe against 2 ex-IAS officers for de-notifying forest land

Social activist Gireesh Achar has filed a complaint before the southern zone of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) against former IAS officers Madan Gopal and T M Vijaya Bhaskar for de-notifying 9,934.02 acres of forest land in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district between 2015-2017.

In his complaint filed on September 29, the Shivamogga-based activist said that though the Forest Conservation Act makes it mandatory for the state government to seek the Union government’s approval before de-notifying or converting forest areas, the same did not happen in this case. Achar has requested the MoEF&CC to direct the authorities to withdraw all the de-notification orders and initiate an enquiry against the former IAS officers. Achar also raised the issue before the Karnataka Lokayukta on September 1, seeking action against the two former IAS officers. Aksheev Thakur reports

19:44 (IST)30 Sep 2022
HAL-SIDM Indigenisation Conclave in Bengaluru

Sanjay Jaju, Additional Secretary (DP), Ministry of Defence, inaugurated HAL-Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) Indigenisation Conclave on ‘Make in India for Defence and Aerospace’ held in hybrid mode at HAL Management Academy campus in Bengaluru today. Around 60 items to be indigenised were kept on display at the venue.

In his keynote address, Jaju called up the industries to blend indigenisation activities with innovative means to get the strategic edge and emerge as market leaders.  “Defence Unicorns should be our target and it is possible to achieve this through renewed energy and self-belief. Ideas will not face dearth of funds”, he added.

C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD HAL said the Company is collaborating with different stake-holders, including the private industries to indigenise to a maximum extent and is focusing on design stage indigenisation as well. “We have allotted 3% of our PAT to set up an indigenisation fund. Of the 1,000 items listed for indigenization in the Srijan Portal, 405 items will be indigenized by HAL”, he added.

Apart from HAL, the organisations such as CEMILAC, DGAQA, CII and other stakeholders participated in the conclave and deliberated at length on new opportunities and challenges and on how to strengthen self-reliance in aerospace and defence.

19:30 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Justice P B Varale elevated as Chief Justice of Karnataka HC

Justice P B Varale has been elevated as the the Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court by the Supreme Court collegium.

19:04 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Karnataka govt notifies Protection of Freedom of Religion Act

Karnataka government notifies the controversial The Karnataka Protection of Freedom of Religion Act, 2022.

The Bill was tabled during the winter session in December 2021. It was promulgated as an ordinance before it was finally passed by the state legislature during the recently held monsoon session.

18:08 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Techie, friend let off in drunk driving case after Bengaluru police failed to follow procedure

A software engineer and his associate, who were accused by the Bengaluru traffic police of allegedly hitting a policeman and booked for drunken driving in the city in April 2017, were let off by the Karnataka high court as the police failed to follow the prescribed norms for registering drunken driving cases and collecting fines. The court order came on September 6.

Techie Priyamshu Kumar and Alok Kumar, both residents of Bihar, were booked for preventing a public servant from discharging his duty and a case was registered by the Mahadevapura police in the Whitefield region of Bengaluru.

On the night of April 9, 2017, Alok Kumar, who was on a motorcycle, was stopped by the police for a breath analyser test. According to the police, the youth did not cooperate and did not want to go to the police station but instead called his friend Priyamshu Kumar, a software engineer, who allegedly slapped a policeman. Read the full report here

18:04 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Bengaluru weather forecast: Moderate rain and thundershowers very likely

Few spells of moderate rain and thundershowers with generally cloudy skies are very likely in Bengaluru and neighbouring areas, according to an evening forecast by IMD. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 26 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively.

16:44 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Karnataka: Amid controversies, Dr Vidyashankar S appointed new VC of VTU

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Thursday appointed Dr Vidyashankar S the vice-chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi, for a period of three years.

Vidyashankar was the vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University, Mysuru, and was among the three candidates shortlisted by a search committee constituted by VTU to replace Dr Karisidappa, who was relieved of his charge as VTU VC on September 23. Anand Deshpande and Gopal Mugeray were the two other shortlisted candidates.

Controversy has marred the VC selection process with former VCs, academicians and critics accusing the university of ‘favouritism’ and alleging that all three candidates were facing criminal charges. Read more

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14:45 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Bengaluru-based think tank advocates use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in traffic and water management

A new study by Bengaluru-based think tank Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) Friday released the roots for embedding artificial intelligence (AI) in India’s climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

The study examined AI’s potential for strengthening climate action in India with a focus on transport and water management. The study stated that the use of AI in the transport sector has the potential to significantly limit GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, and can, therefore, be instrumental in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

“One such high-impact application is in planning the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure — a crucial factor for large-scale EV uptake and another is in flood prediction and warning, which can enable efficient, targeted emergency responses. The study acknowledges AI as a powerful tool to boost and speed up our response to climate change. Recognising that the manner in which AI is deployed in the near future will determine India’s progress towards achieving its climate action goals, the report furnishes a comprehensive roadmap to guide the way forward,” the CSTEP said in its report. Aksheev Thakur reports

14:25 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Lingayat community leaders seek ouster of Muruga Mutt seer arrested in sexual assault case

A meeting of leaders of the Veerashaiva Lingayat community held on Thursday to decide on the leadership of the 400-year-old Murugarajendra Mutt in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka has resolved to seek the ouster of the incumbent seer of the Mutt, Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru, after his arrest in a case related to the sexual abuse of two minors.

Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru

The meeting held under the leadership of the former MLA H Ekanthaiah resolved to seek the appointment of a new seer and the exit of the incarcerated head pontiff. Following the meeting, the former MLA said it was “unfortunate” that the seer had not offered to step down on his own after his arrest on September 1. (Read more)

14:03 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Karnataka’s efforts towards promoting Sanskrit education a matter of pride, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday lauded Karnataka’s efforts in advocating and encouraging Sanskrit in educational institutions.


While addressing the pre-graduate convocation ceremony and Samskrit Week celebrations of Karnataka Samskrit University in Bengaluru, Sitharaman said that it was very invigorating to see so many girl students learning Sanskrit, and “it is a matter of pride for Karnataka to promote and encourage Sanskrit education this way”. (Read more)

13:45 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Entire India sharing its pain with us, says Rahul Gandhi as Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra begins

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the corruption in the state BJP government will be among the key issues discussed during the Karnataka leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Speaking at the launch of the Karnataka leg of the foot march at the border town of Gundlupet in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district, Rahul said the yatra was the “voice of the nation” and that “entire India was sharing its pain with the yatra”. People were sharing concerns about unemployment, inflation, harassment of farmers, privatisation of PSUs etc, Rahul added.

Rahul is expected to cover a distance of 511 km along eight districts of Karnataka in 21 days. (Express photo by Jithendra M)

All constitutional institutions, media and other agencies have shut their doors to the Opposition, Rahul said. “Entire control is lying with the (Central) government. If we speak in Parliament, they shut our microphones,” Rahul said, insisting that the foot march was the only path left. “Nobody can stop this foot march,” he added. (Read more)

13:09 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Siddaramaiah trying to hide Cong govt withdrawing cases against PFI, by seeking ban on RSS: Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday alleged that Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah is seeking a ban on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to hide the fact that the previous Congress government led by him had withdrawn cases against the now banned Popular Front of India (PFI).

He said demanding a ban on a patriotic organisation like the RSS is really "unfortunate". (PTI)

12:22 (IST)30 Sep 2022
'Greetings to Karnataka': Rahul Gandhi's message on inaugurating Bharat Jodo Yatra
12:21 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Karnataka HC quashes govt notification for OBC, women reservations in BBMP polls

Karnataka HC quashes government notification for OBC and women reservations for Bengaluru city council BBMP polls on grounds that it was not done scientifically and does not comply with the triple test norm prescribed by Supreme Court. Orders fresh notification to be issued by November 30 and BBMP polls to be held by December 31. BBMP polls are due from 2020 September.

The Karnataka government reserved 33 percent of 243 constituencies in the Bengaluru city council for backward classes and 13 percent for scheduled castes and tribes in a notification issued on August 3.

The HC has ordered that the quota for women should be decided on the basis of the population of women in a ward. The reservations were opposed by Congress and JDS leaders on the charge that the majority of constituencies reserved for women fell in assembly constituencies represented by the opposition MLAs as opposed to constituencies represented by MLAs of the ruling BJP government.

11:53 (IST)30 Sep 2022
In photos: Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra

11:21 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Weather update for today

Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, according to a 9 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru. 

A generally cloudy sky with a few spells of light to moderate rain and thundershowers are very likely.

10:20 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Posters welcoming Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra torn in Karnataka; Cong, BJP trade barbs

After posters and flexes put up to welcome Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra were seen torn in Karnataka’s Gundlupet area Thursday, the Congress and the BJP exchanged heated words.

Rahul Gandhi will begin the 21-day Karnataka leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra Friday and is set to travel by foot 511 kilometres in seven districts of the state.

Rahul Gandhi will begin the 21-day Karnataka leg of his Bharat Jodo Yatra Friday and is set to travel by foot 511 kilometres in seven districts of the state. (Express photo)

The Congress alleged that BJP workers were tearing flexes and hoardings related to Bharat Jodo Yatra. Congress national general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “The 40% Commission Bommai Govt is already getting the jitters. BJP’s “Bharat Todo Team” of paid goons has been pressed into service to destruct, destroy and tear up posters. They’ll never be able to stop the war cry against Price Rise, Unemployment, Disparity & Divisiveness.” (Read more)

09:21 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Despite last year’s order, electric poles yet to be removed from Bengaluru lakes

With an order for the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) to shift electric poles from the storm-water drains and lakes in Anekal taluk and nearby areas yet be complied with even after a year, a citizens’ collective is planning to knock on court doors.

Captain Santhosh Kumar (retired), founder of the Anekal Environment Protection Federation, said the poles posed a threat to workers and cattle, and would hamper the efforts to restore the lakes and storm-water drains.

“We have faced harrowing time in getting the electric poles removed from the lakes and rajakaluves (storm-water drains). Despite the order from the urban deputy commissioner’s office, the poles are still not removed. Unless they are removed, restoration cannot proceed since they pose a threat to the workers and cattle. The storm-water drain network, which is broken because of either encroachment or other reasons, is being re-established by the government and residents together. So the removal of these poles is vital for the restoration,” he said. (Read more)

08:57 (IST)30 Sep 2022
Rahul Gandhi to begin Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived at the Kerala-Karnataka border early Friday to begin the 511-km Karnataka leg of Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Karnataka: Govt should reveal reasons for raiding PFI leaders, says JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy

Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy Tuesday asked the government to reveal the reasons for the raids on Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders.

“If the (state) government fails to do so, we will have to believe that these raids are being conducted to divert attention from the allegations of corruption against the government,” the former chief minister said.

“The government should reveal the details of the discoveries made and other documents to the people of the state. If they fail to reveal the truth behind the raids, people will suspect that these raids are being made to divert attention from the ‘PayCM’ campaign of the Congress,” he said.

Karnataka: Headmaster heckled for asking students to write essay on Prophet Muhammed

The headmaster of a government school in Karnataka’s Gadag district was allegedly heckled by activists of Sri Rama Sene, a Right-wing outfit, Tuesday after he asked the students to write an essay on Prophet Muhammed. The activists also accused the headmaster of facilitating religious conversion of the students.

The incident took place in the Government High School in Nagavi village. The activists barged into the school and heckled headmaster Abdul Munafar Bijapur, leaving the rest of the people in the school of 172 students “in a state of shock”.

According to Abdul, a week ago someone known came to him and offered to sponsor money for an essay competition. “In order to improve handwriting among students, we organised an essay competition based on the book named nalleged that I was promoting Islam which is incorrect.”

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First published on: 28-09-2022 at 10:19:41 am
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