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Bengaluru News Today, Karnataka News Highlights August 16, 2022: Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy's purported remarks that the "government is not functioning, we are somehow managing", has drawn criticism from some of his cabinet colleagues

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Bangalore | Updated: August 16, 2022 10:37:39 pm
Bengaluru Live, Bengaluru News Live, Karnataka Live, Karnataka News Live | Bengaluru Karnataka News LiveKarnataka, Bengaluru Live: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai participated in the mid-night flag hoisting on Independence Day. (Photo credit: CM Bommai/ Twitter screen grab)

Bengaluru, Karnataka Highlights: Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy’s purported remarks that the “government is not functioning, we are somehow managing”, has drawn criticism from some of his cabinet colleagues, with Horticulture Minister Munirathna even advising him to quit the Ministry. This came after a purported phone conversation between Madhuswamy and Bhaskar, a Channapatna-based social worker, went viral on Saturday.

Meanwhile,  multinational pizza restaurant chain Domino’s came in for sharp criticism after a Twitter user posted a picture purportedly showing a mop and a toilet brush hanging above the pizza dough almost touching it. As the photo went viral, Domino’s issued a statement saying that it is an isolated incident and “strictest action” has been taken against the restaurant in question.

In other news, the Indian flag was hoisted for the first time at the controversial Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru by revenue department officials Monday morning amid tight security as part of the celebration of 75 years of Independence. The Idgah Maidan at Chamarajpet has been embroiled in a controversy on account of competing claims for its ownership between the Wakf Board and civic authorities.

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22:16 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Cong holds strategy meet; Surjewala calls Bommai ‘most incompetent CM’

Terming Basavaraj Bommai the "most incompetent Chief Minister" in the entire country, Congress national General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala on Tuesday said his party has taken a resolve not to back down, until and unless it is able to throw out the BJP government in Karnataka, with the blessings of the people.

The AICC in-charge of Karnataka along with the party's state leadership, held a key meeting to discuss the current political situation and strategy in the run-up to the 2023 Assembly polls.

According to party sources, they are said to have discussed the strategy to be adopted during the next six months and issue-based campaigns to be held across the state, leading up to the polls. (PTI)

21:12 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Audio clip row: Bommai says comments made in specific context, everything all right in govt

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday sought to downplay comments attributed to a senior minister in the state – that the BJP government was non-functional and merely managing things – by claiming that the said comments were made in a specific context to the cooperative sector and that everything else was alright in the government.

“He has said it in a different context. I have spoken to him. There is no need to misunderstand. Three months ago, he made the comments with respect to something in the co-operative department. The remark was restricted to this alone and everything else is alright,” Bommai told reporters on Tuesday. Read more

20:29 (IST)16 Aug 2022
HC says it suspects private interests in PILs on civic body election

A single-judge Bench of the High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday said there are strong hints of private interests in a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) that came up for hearing regarding the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections.

The court said it cannot stop the process of elections to the BBMP, and if there were any problems in the wards delimitation, they could be rectified by the time of the next elections.

The petitioners sought an interim order that the High Court rejected. The number of wards in the civic body has been increased from the existing 198 to 243. The government has also issued the ward reservation list on August 4. (PTI)

19:17 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Activist approaches court to remind govt to ensure mutation of forest land in Shivamogga

While dismissing a petition filed by social activist Gireesh Achar on the issue of non-mutation of forest land in Shivamogga on March 15, the Karnataka High Court asked deputy commissioner of Shivamogga Dr Selvamani to expedite the mutation of 1,08,747.35 hectare land notified as forest land.

Since not even an inch of the land has been mutated, the petitioner through his lawyer had sent a reminder to the forest department, regional office of the Union environment ministry and the revenue department. The lawyer said if the directions issued by the court are not complied within a month, he will file a notice of contempt of petition. Read more

18:22 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Eshwarappa alleges "some Muslim goondas" fomenting communal tension in Shivamogga

Accusing "some Muslim goondas" for communal tension in Shivamogga, Senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa on Tuesday warned them stating that Hindu society should not be considered weak and if the whole community stands up together they will not be able to survive.

Complementing police for swift action, he urged the elders of the Muslim community to guide their youngsters, who have chosen the wrong path.

"Government is making all attempts to maintain peace, I'm not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong, it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don't want to take law into hands and wants government to take action," Eshwarappa said. (PTI)

18:20 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Inflation: Things might get "better" towards Sept-end, says SBI Chairman

State Bank of India's (SBI) Chairman Dinesh Khara on Tuesday said that things might get "better" on the inflation front towards the end of September. He said the supply side constraints getting addressed and crude oil prices trending low will help ease the situation.

"Inflation...the recent numbers which came out was 6.7. Going forward the way things are - the supply side constraints which are there are getting addressed, so the situation should be improving going forward," he said in response to a question.

Speaking to reporters here, he said one of the important factors of inflation is crude oil prices, and with them also trending lower, it will also support the inflation to be further tapered down. (PTI)

17:02 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Karnataka CM launches 75 electric buses for Bengaluru

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday launched 75 electric buses of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). The buses started operating from Monday. Know more...

16:38 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Political Pulse | Newsmaker: Karnataka BJP minister J C Madhuswamy in viral video

In July 2021, when the BJP began an exercise to find a suitable candidate to replace Lingayat strongman B S Yediyurappa from the post of Karnataka chief minister, one of the candidates who was high on the list of contenders was a no-nonsense minister in the government — J C Madhuswamy.

Madhuswamy, now the minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, and Minor Irrigation in the state government, is at the centre of a political row in the state, with an audio clip going viral of his purported conversation with a social worker in which read more...

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15:41 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Twitter user shares ‘Peak Bengaluru’ moment after interesting chat with Rapido rider

Twitter user shared an interesting experience from Bengaluru on Monday. Parag Jain shared how he had a mixed ‘Peak Bengaluru’ moment as a Rapido rider came to pick him up at his office WeWork, a provider of coworking spaces. Read his experience here

14:22 (IST)16 Aug 2022
K'taka Minister's remarks "we are somehow managing" embarrasses govt

With a Karnataka Minister's alleged remarks that the "government is not functioning, we are somehow managing", causing an embarrassment to his administration, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday tried to do damage control by stating that the comments were made in a "different context".

He also said that he will talk to other Ministers, who are upset about the remarks made by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy, and have openly expressed their displeasure against him.

Madhuswamy's comments have drawn criticism from some Ministers, with Horticulture Minister Munirathna even advising him to quit the Ministry.

"He (Madhuswamy) had said in a different context. I will talk to him. The context was different, so there is no need to take it in a wrong sense. He had spoken specifically with respect to some cooperative related issue. Things are fine, there is no problem," Bommai told reporters here. (PTI)

13:40 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Omicron sub-lineages continue to be dominant Covid strains in Karnataka

Omicron sub-lineages BA1.1.529, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, BA.5 continue to be the dominant Covid-19 strains in Karnataka, according to data shared by the department of health and family

Out of 1,300 samples genome sequenced in July, 1,279 were found to be infected with Omicron sub-lineages. Though ETA/Kappa/Pango were found in 26 samples, they constituted only 2 per cent of the total samples sequenced.

BA.2 is the most dominant sub-lineage, found to be present in 618 samples (48.50 per cent). While BA1.1.529 sub-lineage was found in 351 samples (27.55 per cent), BA.5, which was present in 112 samples till June, was found to be present in 279 samples in July and thereby constituting 21.89 per cent of the total samples sequenced. (Read More)

12:18 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Three arrested for Savarkar banner disturbance in Shivamogga on Independence Day

The Shivamogga police in Karnataka have arrested three men in connection with a case registered over alleged attempts to remove a banner with an image of V D Savarkar from the Ameer Ahmed Circle in the city Monday evening.

The arrested have been identified as Nadeem, Jabiullah, and Abdul Rehman, said the police. The police fired a shot at the right leg of Jabiullah after he resisted the arrest, a senior police official claimed.

The issue of the removal of the Savarkar banner resulted in tension in the city and a 25-year-old youth Prem Singh was stabbed by unidentified people while he was shutting his shop in the Upparkeri area. (Read More)

12:17 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Karnataka government to release 81 convicted prisoners

Karnataka government will be releasing 81 convicted prisoners who have served more than 50 per cent of their tenure in the prisons.

11:46 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Five killed in road accident in Karnataka

Five people, including four of a family from Hyderabad were killed and four others injured when the car they were travelling in crashed into a truck which was moving in the same direction on Mumbai-Hyderabad highway, police said on Tuesday.

The family was returning from the famous Dattatreya temple in Kalaburagi district when the incident occurred, on Monday evening, they said.

Bodies have been shifted to Hyderabad. (PTI)

10:21 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Karnataka PSI exam scam: CID probe focuses on arrested IPS officer’s financial transactions

Karnataka Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probing the financial transactions of a senior IPS officer, arrested in connection with the police recruitment scam in the state, with a real estate businessman and a financier to find the trail of the Rs 1.36 crore bribe he allegedly received.

Paul was arrested on July 4 for allegedly facilitating the scam in a police sub-inspectors (PSI) recruitment exam conducted in October 2021. The IPS officer was the head of the Karnataka Police Recruitment Cell between 2019 and 2021 when the alleged scam took place. The CID has alleged Paul was party to the recruitment scam.

The senior officer is alleged to have received Rs 1.36 crore that was collected by deputy superintendent of police Shanthakumar, working at the recruitment cell, as part of bribes to facilitate the selection of candidates following the recruitment exam. (Read More)

10:19 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Karnataka minister Madhuswamy’s audio clip on ‘govt not functioning’ triggers row, horticulture minister asks him to quit

A controversy has erupted in Karnataka following the emergence of an audio recording linked to Law Minister J C Madhuswamy, who allegedly said the government in the state is not functioning and that the BJP is just managing things until the 2023 Assembly polls.

The purported conversation between Madhuswamy and a social worker, Bhaskar from Channapatna, also indicates differences between senior ministers in running the affairs of the government. The audio clip was posted on social media by the Karnataka unit of the Congress party.

Minister of cooperation S T Somashekhar, who is accused of not working in the interest of farmers during the alleged conversation, told reporters in Mysuru Monday it was wrong of the law minister to talk about his department. (Read More)

09:11 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Man who escaped from mental asylum caught by Karnataka police

he Karnataka police have caught an inmate of a mental health centre here, who had escaped from the hospital on August 14 midnight, sources said.

The escaped inmate was apprehended by Karnataka police on Monday and a team of Kerala police personnel is expected to bring him back to the institution by noon, they said.

The inmate -- 23-year old Vineesh -- is an accused in a murder case and his escape was discovered only on Monday morning, they said. Vineesh had stabbed and killed Perinthalmanna native Drisya (21) allegedly for rejecting his marriage proposal in June 2021. (PTI)

08:39 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Domino's face Twitterati ire after photo shows mop and toilet brush above pizza dough

Multinational pizza restaurant chain Domino’s came in for sharp criticism after a Twitter user posted a picture purportedly showing a mop and a toilet brush hanging above the pizza dough almost touching it.

A Twitter user by the name of Sahil Karnany, who said he was an IT graduate, posted the photograph and video and wrote, “This is how @dominos_india serves us fresh Pizza! Very disgusted. Location: Bangalore.”

He claimed that the outlet in question was on Hosa Road in the city. (Read more)

08:27 (IST)16 Aug 2022
Joyous moment for commuters as BMTC offers free ride on I-Day

The 76th Indian Independence Day celebration was also a joyous moment for the city bus commuters as the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation made the travel free for a day. Going by the Karnataka government's decision, the BMTC offered a free ride to the commuters to travel in any part of the city.

Chaitra, a student chose the bus as she was able to save at least Rs 70, which she spends daily on the metro train from Yelachenahalli to Vidhana Soudha. The student said she wanted to enjoy the free ride given to the people of the city to mark Independence day.

According to a BMTC official, every day 16 lakh to 27 lakh people travel in the BMTC bus. "Since it was a holiday, free ride was offered. We believe about 27 lakh people used it," the officer told PTI on condition of anonymity. (PTI)

16:58 (IST)15 Aug 2022
For first time, tricolour hoisted at Bengaluru’s Idgah Maidan

The Idgah Maidan at Chamarajpet has been embroiled in a controversy on account of competing claims for its ownership between the Wakf Board and civic authorities. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) declared the ground to be a property of the state revenue department on August 3 and said that any decision on its usage will be decided by the revenue department amid threats by right-wing activists to hoist the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day. Know More

Hockey coach Shanmugham P, (second from right), with Jude Felix (second from left) during a visit to JFHA by Dutch coaches from the Bovelander Hockey Academy. (Express/sourced)

Unsung Heroes: Bengaluru hockey coach helping underprivileged children dream big In 2019, a young hockey player who emerged from a hostel for underprivileged children in east Bengaluru made his way to the European Hockey League to play for the Racing Club in France.

The 20-year-old Rajendra M, who grew up in the St Mary’s Orphanage at Cooke Town in Bengaluru, was discovered by a hockey coaching programme for underprivileged children that the Jude Felix Hockey Academy began running at the orphanage grounds in 2008 as part of efforts to nurture hockey talent at the grassroots and provide the lives of underprivileged children a direction through sport.

Rajendra M (centre) played for the Racing Club France in 2019 in the European Hockey League. (Express/sourced)

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First published on: 14-08-2022 at 09:13:09 am
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