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Written by Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 17, 2019 7:17:29 pm
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Bangalore news Highlights: As the political crisis continues in Karnataka, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court verdict on pleas moved by the dissident MLAs against Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar scheduled to be announced today. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who heard a clutch of petitions filed by 10 MLAs of the Congress and JDS coalition government against the Speaker for not accepting their resignations on Tuesday had decided the same. Five other legislators had also followed suit and filed pleas in the Court.

READ| Karnataka crisis: SC to give verdict on rebel MLAs plea against Speaker tomorrow

Interestingly, the Supreme Court said Tuesday that the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a re-look.

READ| Karnataka: Supreme Court to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook

Meanwhile, with a day to go for the floor test scheduled to be held in Vidhana Soudha on Thursday, both sides – the JD(S)-Congress coalition and the BJP – are confident of victory.

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    18:39 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    KSRTC fine Collection towards ticket Less Passengers

    KSRTC has arranged checking of its services operated in the State and neighboring States. In the month of JUNE-2019,42,469 buses were checked, 4673 Pilferage cases were detected, 5827 ticket less passengers penalized, Rs.7,56,661/- fine collected and Rs.99,570/- pilferage amount detected. According to KSRTC press release, Disciplinary action has been initiated against the erring staff.

    18:17 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Some rebel MLAs seek more time to meet with Speaker Ramesh Kumar

    Rebel MLA's Sudhakar, Roshan Baig and MTB Nagaraj write to Speaker Ramesh Kumar seeking another date to meet him. Rebel MLAs were supposed to meet the Speaker today at 4 PM.
     

    18:07 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Will act in accordance with Constitution: K R Ramesh Kumar

    Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision, giving him the freedom to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs, and said he would conduct himself responsibly in accordance with the principles of the Constitution.

    “With utmost humility I welcome and respect the Supreme Court decision,” Kumar said soon after the apex court pronounced its order on the issue that has pushed the state into political turmoil.

    “The Supreme Court has put extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with constitutional principle,” he told reporters in Kolar, his home town.

    17:14 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    "The judgement laid down today is a paradox to itself," says Siddaramaiah.

    "The judgement laid down today is a paradox to itself," says CLP leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

    16:25 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    There is evidence of BJP being behind the mass resignations, our petition is to look into that issue: K C Venugopal

    "Our petition of disqualification is not related to any party whip. The same stands even after this verdict as they (rebel MLAs) have voluntarily given up the membership with a purpose to sabotage this government joining hands with the BJP," said AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal.

    "They are various evidence that shows BJP's hands in this mass resignation. Our disqualification petition (submitted to the Karnataka speaker) is to look into that issue," he further said.

    15:30 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Pailwaan song Kannmaniye: Sudeep and Aakanksha Singh spice up the romantic number

    Kannada actor Sudeep on Tuesday unveiled a single from his upcoming film Pailwaan. Composed by Arjun Janya and sung by Sanjith Hegde, the romantic number titled “Kannmaniye” features Sudeep and Aakanksha Singh.

    “Awesome Set, Awesome Song, Awesome Choreography, Awesome Making. Jussss For all u frnzz… (sic),” tweeted the Eega star. The Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi versions of the song were also released on Tuesday.

    READ: Pailwaan song Kannmaniye: Sudeep and Aakanksha Singh spice up the romantic number

    15:05 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka crisis: SC verdict a moral victory for rebel MLAs, says Yeddyurappa

    Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court order on the political crisis, asserting that it was a “moral victory” for the rebel MLAs, whose resignations have pushed the ruling Congress-JDS coalition to the brink of collapse.

    Yeddyurappa underlined that the political parties cannot issue a whip to the 15 rebel lawmakers, who have resigned their Assembly membership, and they cannot be compelled to attend the House proceedings.

    READ: Karnataka crisis: SC verdict a moral victory for rebel MLAs, says Yeddyurappa

    14:37 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Will act in accordance with Constitution: Karnataka speaker after SC decision

    Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision, giving him the freedom to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs, and said he would conduct himself responsibly in accordance with the principles of the Constitution.

    READ: Will act in accordance with Constitution: Karnataka speaker after SC decision

    13:35 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SC rules: Rebel Karnataka MLAs can’t be compelled to participate in trust vote

    The Supreme Court Wednesday left it to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to decide on the resignations of the 15 rebel Congress and Janata Dal (S) MLAs but ordered that they should not be compelled to attend the proceedings of the state Assembly. The apex court’s order comes ahead of the floor test that is scheduled to take place in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow.

    READ: SC rules: Rebel Karnataka MLAs can’t be compelled to participate in trust vote

    13:10 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    WATCH | What is a floor test?

    12:47 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Not going to Assembly: Rebel MLAs

    Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict,  rebel Karnataka MLAs who are in Mumbai said, "We honour Supreme Court's verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly."

    12:24 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Speaker welcomes SC decision; no compulsion on rebels to attend session

    I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. I have been entrusted with a lot of responsibility. I will act in an impartial way: Speaker Ramesh Kumar. He also says that he will not force the rebel MLAs to attend the proceedings. Rebels can act according to their will, he adds.

    12:12 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SC has put an extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly: Karnataka Speaker

    Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar says, "I respect and welcome Supreme Court order with utmost humility. SC has put an extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with constitutional principles."

    11:26 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Moral victory for rebel MLAs: B S Yeddyurappa
    11:12 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    CM Kumaraswamy should resign today: Jagadish Shettar

    Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict that the 15 legislators camping in Mumbai should not be compelled to attend the session, BJP leader and former Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar has insisted that CM H D Kumaraswamy should resign today before the floor test scheduled for tomorrow.

    10:54 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    15 MLAs can’t be compelled to participate in Assembly proceedings till Speaker decides, says SC

    The Supreme Court left it to the Speaker to take a decision on resignations of 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs within the timeframe he thinks appropriate. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also said that the MLAs should not be compelled to take part in House proceedings.

    10:23 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Bangalore metro stations likely to get electric vehicle charging units

    Metro stations in Bangalore's Namma Metro line might soon get electric vehicle charging (EVC)units, thanks to a recent proposal made by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM). The same has been incorporated to BESCOM's ongoing project to begin 112 EVC units by the end of August. According to BESCOM officials, 10 stations are likely to be selected and a joint survey will be conducted to look at the feasibility of the same before implementation.

    09:45 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Bangalore LIVE air quality check

    Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 9.45 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Silk Board, Brigade Road, or Mathikere. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Koramangala, Srirampura and Ulsoor. 


     

    09:26 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Avoid anything that takes your hands off the wheel: Traffic police issues advisory
    09:07 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    'Yellow Alert' announced in Kodagu

    The District Commissioner of Kodagu has put the district on 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rains are predicted in and around several areas in the district for the next five days.  The district will be in 'Yellow Alert' from July 18 to 22, according to the announcement. 

    Meanwhile, a Kerala-based hip-hop band had a horrid time recently while performing live in a Bengaluru pub as they were forced to get off the stage after some people in the audience objected to their singing in Malayalam.

    READ| Bengaluru: Kerala band forced off stage after unruly pub-goers object to singing in Malayalam

    At the same time, Congress MLAs arrive at a resort ahead of the trust vote. Congress MLAs shifted to Windflower Prakruthi Resort, Devanahalli from Taj Yeshwantpur hotel on Tuesday. CM Kumaraswamy’s confidence motion through which he will seek to prove his majority will be taken up on July 18.

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