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Karnataka Bengaluru July 23 Highlights: State ministers clarify that they are not quitting following meeting with CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News July 23 Highlights: There seems to be nervousness among most of these Ministers as they had come to BJP trusting Yediyurappa's leadership, and without him they fear uncertainty about their future, sources said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 26, 2021 8:10:17 am
Karnataka-Chief-Minister-B-S-YediyurappaKarnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. (Express Photo)

Karnataka Bangalore Live July 23 Highlights: As their meeting with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday sparked speculation that they are set to quit, Ministers, who had joined the BJP after quitting the Congress-JD(S) coalition in 2019, clarified it had nothing do with resignation and they will abide by the high command’s decision on the leadership change issue.

As at least six of these ministers went into the Chief Minister’s cabin after the cabinet meeting with some papers, local channels were abuzz with speculation that they are about to tender their resignation, either as part of pressure tactics to force the high command to continue with Yediyurappa at the helm or worried about their future if the CM is replaced.

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19:15 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Award-winning Kannada biography of Chandrashekhar Azad to be released in English

Noted Kannada author Babu Krishnamurthy’s award-winning “Ajeya”, biographical novel on the life of revolutionary Chandrashekhar Azad, will be released in English in the first week of August, announced publishing house Garuda Prakashan Friday on the freedom fighter’s 115th birth anniversary.

The book, “Azad: The Invincible”, is translated into English by Manjula Tekal. It builds a comprehensive portrait of the revolutionary through anecdotes, letters, his contemporaries’ biographical references, and news sources from pre-Independence India. “‘Azad: The Invincible’ is the exciting, thrilling and ever inspiring saga of Chandrashekhar Azad, the embodiment of courage, conviction and heroism of Indian freedom movement which is ‘stranger than fiction’. It keeps the reader on tenterhooks from first page to last page,” said Krishnamurthy.

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19:06 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Allowing devotees at churches: Bangalore Archbishop seeks govt clarity

Archbishop of Bangalore Peter Machado has written to the Karnataka government seeking clarity on the guidelines issued by the state to allow devotees in religious places in the wake of several restrictions being eased recently. 

"We are disappointed to note that there is no mention of the Christian Community being allowed to worship in the Churches. The faithful have been unhappy over these developments and have been endlessly reaching out to know as to when the
Churches will be open," he said.

He explained that while temples were allowed initially, the Muslim community was specified permission later by the Department of Minority Welfare, Haj & Waqf allowing them to offer prayers with 50% capacity of devotees. 

Machado further alleged that efforts to reach out to the concerned authorities have not yielded any result yet, to get clarity on the same. He added that he has written to the Chief Secretary and the Chairman of the State Executive Committee to clear the confusion. 

15:41 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Siddaramaiah calls for Dalit CM in Karnataka ahead of speculated Yediyurappa exit

Karnataka Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramiah Friday urged the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to consider a Dalit leader as a possible successor for B S Yediyurappa, as strong speculations continue over the latter's exit in the coming days.

Also the leader of opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Siddaramaiah said, "If at all the BJP Karnataka president (Nalin Kumar Kateel) has a concern about Dalits, his party should pick a Dalit leader as the next CM of Karnataka after Yediyurappa's resignation."

He added, "As a person who speaks a lot about social justice, he (Kateel) should immediately take steps to appoint a Dalit leader as the next CM," while speaking to reporters in Mangaluru.

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14:51 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Crime Branch raids at houses of known criminals; weapons & cash seized

The Central Crime Branch police on Friday conducted raids and searches at the residences of various known criminals and their associates in Bengaluru.

“CCB raids on active and notorious rowdies — Wilson Garden Naga, Cycle Ravi, Silent Sunil, J B Narayan — and their associates are now underway. The residences, 45 in total, of these four rowdy sheeters and their associates, are being searched,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sandeep Patil, said.

He added that these criminals were involved in several cases of murder, extortion, land-grabbing, and illegal settlement of property disputes among others.

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14:02 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Landslides hit traffic movement on Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway; relentless rain in Malnad region

Following relentless rain Thursday, landslides have been reported on the National Highway 75 near Donigal in Sakaleshpur taluk, Karnataka. The vehicular movement on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway has been hit, according to the district administration.

Hassan Deputy Commissioner R Girish inspected the incident spot. While light vehicles heading towards Mangaluru-Bengaluru will ply via the Bisle Ghat, heavy vehicles have been diverted to Charmadi Ghat or Madikeri-Puttur route, the Hassan district administration said.

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13:43 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Army recruitment CEE postponed

The Common Entrance Exam (CEE) for Army Recruitment scheduled to be held on July 25 has been postponed. According to a statement from the Bengaluru Defence Public Relations Office, the decision was taken in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the monsoon situation. 

"Fresh date for CEE will be intimated later," the PRO informed.

13:31 (IST)23 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Health Min reviews construction of 'Corona Warriors' memorial

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Friday discussed the construction of a proposed memorial for 'Corona Warriors' who lost their lives to the pandemic in the state. "The Memorial will be a tribute to the selfless service of our 'Corona Warriors' and will become a source of inspiration for all young doctors and healthcare professionals," he said after a meeting with top officials of the department.

13:28 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa inspects ongoing projects in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is conducting an inspection of road work taken under Bengaluru Smart City Limited, on Friday.

Along with officials, the Chief Minister inspected planetarium road, commercial street, infantry road, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road and several other hospitals. BBMP officials said that 12 smart tender roads in the central business district have been completed and 10 roads will be completed by the end of July. 

A total of 59.03km of road works have been taken up under the smart cities mission in the central business district which includes 36 roads at the cost of Rs 481.65 crore. In phase A, 20 roads were taken up and in package B, 16 roads have been taken up.

13:02 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Maharashtra govt urges Karnataka to increase water discharge from Almatti dam

The Maharashtra government has urged the Karnataka government to increase the water discharge from Almatti dam beyond 2 lakh cusecs for flood management in the western part of the state.

Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil on Friday said, “Maharashtra is communicating with Karnataka government. At present, the water discharge from Almatti dam is up to two lakh cusecs. We are requesting the Karnataka government to increase the water discharge in Almatti dam.”

The rising water levels in the Krishna basin due to incessant rainfall has led to floods in several cities and villages.

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12:54 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Mangaluru-Mumbai train derails near Karnataka-Goa border

Mangaluru-Mumbai train derailed between Dudhsagar and Sonalim in Goa on Friday morning.

According to railways, no injuries have been reported so far and restoration work is in progress. “Passengers affected have been shifted to other coaches,” South Western railways said in a bulletin.

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12:51 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Improvement in Oscar Fernandes’s health, say doctors

Doctors treating Rajya Sabha MP and former Union minister Oscar Fernandes at a private hospital in Mangalore said on Friday that his health has slightly improved, but he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. Fernandes suffered internal injuries after falling at his residence while doing exercises.

“Fernandes (80) continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit and our top team of experts is keeping a close watch on all parameters,” a doctor from the hospital told

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12:18 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Vaccination for all school staff in state on priority

All teaching and non-teaching staff of all government, aided and unaided schools will be vaccinated on priority as a safety measure, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar.

Schools will have to reopen sooner or later and students cannot rely on online classes forever, he said. Online classes may impact the psychological health of children and therefore the government will engage in a wide consultation process before arriving at any decision, he added.

The minister underlined that the state will soon cross three crore doses. While permission has been given to reopen medical colleges, other educational institutions will be reopened in a phased manner and measures taken to ensure the safety of students.

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12:15 (IST)23 Jul 2021
State reports 1,653 cases and 31 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,653 new Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths Thursday, taking the total number of infections past 28.89 lakh and the toll to 36,293.

The day also saw 2,572 recoveries — once again higher than new infections — bringing the active caseload down to 24,695. Out of the 1,653 new cases, 418 cases were from Bengaluru Urban.

The test positivity rate stood at 1.17 percent and the case fatality rate at 1.87 percent.

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11:12 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Cabinet gives nod for cashless medical treatment for govt employees

The Karnataka cabinet has approved a scheme offering cashless medical treatment to all government employees and their dependent family members. 

According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the formulation of the Karnataka Arogya Sanjeevini Scheme was approved by the cabinet on Thursday. "The government will set aside Rs 250 crore per year for the scheme, as announced in the budget earlier," he said.

10:37 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Karnataka: SSLC results likely by August 10, CM Yediyurappa says ‘heartening’ to see 99.6% attendance amid Covid fears

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has said that the results of the SSLC exams (Class 10) that concluded on Thursday are likely to be announced by August 10.

Addressing reporters after visiting several exam centres during the day, when exams were held from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, he said that 99.6 per cent of students who had registered for the exam attended it on the second and final day.

As per Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) data, 99.62 per cent out of 8,19,694 students appeared for the first language as opposed to the 98.41 per cent attendance last year. Meanwhile, 99.60 per cent and 99.62 per cent of the total candidates answered questions for the second and third language subjects on Thursday.

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09:22 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Landslides hit traffic movement on Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway; Relentless rain in Malnad region

Following relentless rain, landslides have been reported on National Highway 75 near Donigal in Sakaleshpur taluk, Karnataka on Thursday. 

The vehicular movement on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway has been hit by the landslide, according to district administration. 

Light vehicles heading towards Mangaluru-Bengaluru to ply via Bisle Ghat while heavy vehicles have been diverted to Charmadi Ghat or Madikeri-Puttur route. 

Meanwhile, heavy rain continued to  shower in Kodagu district and parts of Malnad region on Thursday. The Cauvery river has submerged the low-lying Balamuri bridge. Triveni Sangama is full to the brim due to heavy rain in Bhagamandala.

08:58 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa to inspect ongoing projects in Bengaluru today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to conduct inspection of roads taken under Bengaluru Smart City Limited, on Friday.

The Chief minister will inspect planetarium road, commercial street, infantry road, Raja Ram Mohan Roy road and several other hospitals. BBMP officials said that 12 smart tender roads in the central business district have been completed and 10 roads will be completed by the end of July. 

A total of 59.03km of road works have been taken up under the smart cities mission in the central business district which includes 36 roads at the cost of Rs 481.65 crore. In phase A, 20 roads were taken up and in package B, 16 roads have been taken up.

08:48 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Govt's quick approval for works worth Rs 12,000 crore a 'money-making exercise': Kumaraswamy

Janata Dal (Secular) Legislative Party leader and former Chief Minister H D  Kumaraswamy has alleged corruption highlighting that the Yediyurappa-led government had approved Rs 12,000 crore for various works in the Water Resources Department in quick succession.

"The government has approved works worth Rs 12,000 crore, in a hurry, towards four irrigation corporations at a meeting chaired by the CM. This is amid speculation that the CM will resign in a couple of days," Kumaraswamy said. 

Further, Kumaraswamy alleged, "What is the reason for the decision? This is a money-making exercise." He also questioned the government on its plans of irrigation works in north Karnataka stressting if it was "serious at all" in implementing such schemes there.

08:43 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Rowdy-sheeter hacked to death inside a bank: 10 detained

The Bengaluru police detained over 10 rowdy-sheeters from Adugodi in connection with the murder of a history-sheeter who was hacked to death inside a bank in Koramangala on Monday. 

On Wednesday, police fired on two accused who allegedly attacked the police who tried to arrest them. Both are recovering at a private hospital, police said. 

A rowdy-sheeter Babli Joseph (30) was hacked to death by a gang of eight men inside a bank in front of his wife and daughter at the busy Koramangala area in Bengaluru on Monday afternoon.

The murder took place inside the Union bank in Koramangala 8th block around 1.30 pm.

08:42 (IST)23 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Cabinet approves Rs 8,000 crore towards housing schemes

The Karnataka government has approved an expenditure of Rs 8,000 crore for various housing schemes in different parts of the state over the next two years.

Confirming the decision taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by B S Yediyurappa on Thursday, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, "A major decision taken today was to construct four lakh houses in rural areas and one lakh houses in urban areas under various housing schemes. The houses will be completed in two years at an expenditure of Rs 8,000 crore."

He added that Rs 500 crore was approved to ensure creation of basic infrastructure, water and electricity connections and for drainage and related works in one lakh houses being built within BBMP (Bengaluru's civic body) limits.

Karnataka Congress leaders Thursday held a protest outside the state assembly in Bengaluru after reports claimed that a number of Congress and JD(S) leaders were potential targets of surveillance by the Pegasus spyware in the run-up to the collapse of the alliance government in 2019.

READ | Pegasus row: Karnataka Congress protests ‘snooping’ on leaders before alliance government’s collapse

With the second academic year in a row with no offline classes already underway, the Karnataka government is likely to begin offline classes in a phased manner from August, sources in the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) indicated.

READ | Karnataka: Offline classes in schools likely to begin in phased manner from Aug

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