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Bangalore news June 14 Highlights: IMA Jewels scam: Auditor arrested; SIT interrogation continues

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Written by Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 14, 2019 6:38:08 pm
bangalore, bangalore news, bengaluru news, today news, latest news live news, Bengaluru news today, bangalore weather, bangalore weather forecast, bangalore weather today, bangalore temperature, bangalore temperature today, Bangalore news LIVE updates: Thousands of investors gathered in front of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) jewels at Commercial Street on Monday. Express File Photo

Even as reports are received that the IMA promoter and scam accused Mansoor Khan has fled to Dubai and his viral audio clip was nothing more than a diversionary exercise, anger is rising against the government for not identifying the scam even when regulatory agencies had alerted on the same. The number of complaints that have registered so far with respect to the case has now passed 25,000, police officials confirm.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government. In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.

Meanwhile, in the IMA jewels case, police sources say that Mansoor Khan might have fled to Dubai on June 8, even as the total number of complaints received by the police from depositors and investors crossed 20,000. Police also say that the total amount due to depositors could be in the range of Rs 1500 crores though the full and final figure is yet to be arrived at. A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the case.

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18:15 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Boy sketches portrait of Traffic ACP, meets him at office

A youngster met Traffic ACP P. Harishekharan IPS at his office to gift him a portrait that he sketched of him. The young artist,  Poornachandra Tejasvi is the son of an ASI (wireless) in the department named  HV Janaradhan.

17:36 (IST)14 Jun 2019
IMA Jewels scam: Auditor arrested; SIT interrogation continues

In yet another development in the IMA Jewels scam after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) took over the case, IMA Group's auditor Iqbal Khan was arrested by the SIT on Thursday. Iqbal is a resident t of Frazer town and has been the company's auditor for many years now. Interrogation for leads on finding IMA founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan is still continuing, according to police officials. 

17:19 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Food in airport too costly, passenger takes it to Twitter

Complaining that airports in India are getting too costly, a user took it to Twitter to protest exorbitant prices for food items in Kempegowda International Airport terminal. According to the tweet, a plate of Idli-Sambar costs around Rs 290 in Bengaluru airport.

16:04 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Bangalore traffic: Citizen shares advice on Twitter

Heavy traffic blocks that occur due to vehicles moving on the wrong side is a usual sight in Bengaluru which annoys many. Here's a piece of advice posted by a user on Twitter:

14:59 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Bangalore Namma Metro construction in CBD: Traffic restrictions, diversions in place from tomorrow

As construction work for Bangalore’s Namma Metro underground interchange station at MG Road-Kamaraj Road junction is about to begin, traffic diversions will be in place in and around Central Business District (CBD) till 2023, starting Saturday. The Bengaluru Traffic Police has implemented a new traffic route in the area suggesting routes to avoid from Saturday. Several restrictions for parking and usage of certain roads will also be in place, according to a statement by the Bangalore Traffic Police cell.

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14:36 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 2.30 pm, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Brigade Road or Koramangala. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Srirampura, Ulsoor and Peenya.

14:18 (IST)14 Jun 2019
New minister R Shankar's KPJP merges with Congress

Ahead of taking oath as minister in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka,  Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party (KPJP) MLA R Shankar met Congress leader Siddaramaiah. The independent MLA  submitted a letter to the former Karnataka CM requesting his party's merger with the Congress.

13:58 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Karnataka: New ministers sworn in

Karnataka’s new ministers R Shankar and H Nagesh took oath at Karnataka Raj Bhavan to be part of the HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Governor Vajubhai Vala, CM Kumaraswamy and DCM G Parameshwara were also present for the ceremony. Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year. He and Nagesh had sided with the BJP and written to the governor withdrawing support to the government.

13:34 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Offering English medium doesn't imply Kannada neglect: DCM Parameshwara

Speaking at the official launch of English medium classes in Karnataka government schools, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara said, "No one should think that Kannada is being neglected as we begin English medium classes in government schools. Introduction of English in government-run schools in Karnataka was opposed by pro-Kannada outfits. This is believed to have delayed the decision across governments since 1994.

Also read: English medium classes back in Karnataka government schools after 25 years

12:24 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Woman tied to pole for not paying loan; 7 arrested

A woman was tied to a pole in Kodigehalli, Bengaluru, yesterday, allegedly for not repaying a loan she took. Police have arrested 7 people in connection with the incident.

12:07 (IST)14 Jun 2019
BJP protest against coalition goovernment

BJP stages a protest against coalition government in Bengaluru over farm loan waiver, Jindal and other issues. State BJP chief B. S. Yeddyurappa senior party leader R Ashoka,  MLA CT Ravi and other leaders take part in the protest.

11:40 (IST)14 Jun 2019
SIT team holds a meeting on IMA fraud case

SIT sleuths intensify probe into IMA fraud case. DIG Ravikanthe Gowda, ADGP Dr Saleem, DCP Girish hold a meeting and review progress in the probe.

11:03 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Heavy rains hit Chikkamagaluru

Heavy rains lash Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka on Friday morning. Several trees uprooted and traffic affected on Charmadi ghat.

10:29 (IST)14 Jun 2019
'Blood donation is a pious act of saving a life'- Kumaraswamy

"Blood donation is a pious act of saving a life," says Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day. 

10:01 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Karnataka: Nearly 9 in 10 talukas hit by drought, 2/3rds of irrigation tanks run dry

Of 176 talukas, 156 have been listed as drought-hit following the failure of the northeast monsoon between October and December 2018. Of these, 107 talukas have been listed as having severe drought conditions and 49 under moderate drought conditions by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC),

Read: Karnataka: Nearly 9 in 10 talukas hit by drought, 2/3rds of irrigation tanks run dry 

09:40 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Tejasvi Surya meets citizen activists regarding suburban railway project

Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya meets citizen activists regarding the implementation of suburban railway project for Bengaluru.

09:16 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Uber enlists Bajaj ‘Qute’ for affordable service in Bengaluru

Mobility company Uber on Thursday announced a partnership with Bajaj Auto to launch the Bajaj Qute on UberXS in Bengaluru. The Bajaj Qute is a driver-plus-three-passenger quadricycle, which is a four-wheeled motor vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car. The Qute comes with two fuel options — CNG and Petrol. This service will be available in Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout and parts of Outer Ring Road in Bengaluru.

Read: Uber enlists Bajaj ‘Qute’ for affordable service in Bengaluru

09:03 (IST)14 Jun 2019
CM Kumaraswamy launches online building approval system

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy unveiled the Land and Building Plan Approval System (LBPAS). According to the Chief Minister, Karnataka is the first Indian state to take the process online. “Through this new system, people can sit at home, submit an application and get work done on approvals for building or layout plans,” he said.

08:39 (IST)14 Jun 2019
BMTC increases student bus pass rate

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has hiked student bus pass rates by Rs 100 to Rs 250 for school, college and professional college students of general category. The price for renewing the pass has also been hiked by Rs 100 to 220. BMTC on Thursday issued new rates for bus passes for the coming academic year, effecting hikes for all students except to those going to primary schools who will continue to pay Rs 200 for the annual pass.

Pre-university students will pay Rs 1,250 instead of Rs 1,100. High school boys and girls, who pay different rates, have to pay Rs 100 more.

08:25 (IST)14 Jun 2019
Traffic restrictions in place for swearing-in of new ministers; avoid these roads

As the swearing in of new ministers planned at the Raj Bhavan at around 1 pm, parking has been banned on the following roads;

Dr BR Ambedkar Road, from Balekundri Circle to KR Road on both sides;

Raj Bhavan Road, from CTO Circle to Raj Bhavan junction;

LH Road, from Raj Bhavan junction to Chalukya junction;

Queen’s Road, from Balekundri Circle to Queen’s Circle;

Palace Road, from Mysuru Bank Circle to Vasanthnagar underpass;

Devaraja Urs Road, from Chalukya Circle to MS Building;

Race Course Road, from Trilight junction to Chalukya Circle;

Park House Road, from AGS Junction to CID Circle; interior roads of Cubbon Park;

Millers Road, from LRDE Junction to Basaveshwara Circle;

Infantry Road, from Ali Asker Road junction to traffic headquarters;

Ali Asker Road, from Raj Bhavan junction to Ali Asker Cross;

KG Road, from Police Corner to Mysuru Bank Circle;

Old Post Office Road to Mysuru Bank Circle;

Nrupatunga Road from KR Circle to Police Corner;

Kasturba Road, from Hudson Circle to Queen’s Circle;

Mallya Hospital Road, from Siddalingaiah Circle to RRMR Junction Road;

Cubbon Road, from CTO Circle to Manipal Centre;

T Chowdaiah Road, from Old High Grounds Jn to Cauvery junction and Ramana Maharshi Road, from Cauvery jn to Mehkri Circle.

In a bid to bring down instances of power disruption and cases of electrocution, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has decided to carry out underground cabling work in the city.

Around 6,900 kilometres of 11kV high-tension overhead lines in the Bangalore Metropolitan Area Zone will soon take an underground route, according to BESCOM officials.

Read: Bangalore’s power cables to go underground soon

An FIR was registered against family members of Kannada filmstar Yash (of KGF fame) for allegedly vandalising their rented house in Kathriguppe, South Bengaluru.

Yash and his family, who were residing in this house for nine years, have been involved in a legal tussle with the house owner for quite some time. The house owner, Muniprasad, then approached the court pleading that Yash be directed to vacate the house.

Read: Kannada filmstar Yash of KGF fame embroiled in a controversy over rented house

The Karnataka Government employees will have a holiday every fourth Saturday of the month besides the holiday they already have on second Saturdays.

Last week, the state Cabinet approved the fourth Saturday holiday on the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission. The state government on Wednesday notified the holiday which will benefit over five lakh government employees from all the state government-affiliated departments.

Read: Fourth Saturday holiday for Karnataka government employees