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Karnataka: BSY delays portfolio allocation as anger grows in party over cabinet choices
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Contrary to expectations that the cabinet expansion will momentarily strengthen the political position of Yediyurappa, the move appears to have exposed multiple loyalties and differences in the party – despite the Chief Minister trying to tone down his own wishes in the choice of new ministers.

Genomics study by Nimhans throws light on mysterious Covid spread at Karnataka pharma firm
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

As many as 67 people were infected at the Jubilant Generics pharma firm in Nanjangud which saw infections spreading to the Mandya and Vijayapura region in the March to May period. There were no deaths reported in the cluster.

Rapid expansion, random wage cuts: behind the Wistron violence
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Production at the plant at Narasapura in Kolar district around 60 km from Bengaluru, employing 1,343 regular workers and 8,490 contract workers, was suspended following the violence.

Amendment to Karnataka Land Reforms Act: what govt, opposition say
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

The amendments allow non-agriculturists to buy agricultural land in the state. Successive governments have in recent years gradually diluted land ownership norms under the Land Reforms Act to facilitate industrial growth and agricultural land ownership by non-farmers.

Karnataka: JD(S) backs BJP bid to remove chairman, against slaughter Bill
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

JD(S) president and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda has said in a statement that his party was “completely” opposed to the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020.

No-trust move: BJP, JDS vs Cong amid bedlam in Karnataka Council
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

At the end of a four-day winter session of the legislature on December 10, Shetty had rejected a BJP notice for a no-confidence motion against him on the grounds that it was not in order and that sufficient reasons had not been cited for it to be taken up.

Bengaluru cops to rope in banks, ISPs to fight cyber crime
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Only about 10 per cent of cyber-crimes are investigated to the satisfaction of complainants —nearly 60 per cent of whom are people who have lost money in frauds or have been targeted with morphed pictures.

As Karnataka considers ‘love jihad’ law, IPC Sec 366 already in use against interfaith marriages
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Forty-one cases filed under Section 366 over the last five years are currently pending trial in Bengaluru.

Explained: The politics of creating community-based corporations in Karnataka
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

All parties have created boards and corporations for sub-sects in castes and religious groups with political objectives.

Fake Aadhaar, Facebook account: how gang posed as cops, targeted their contacts
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Investigations in over a dozen similar complaints made by police officers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have led the Karnataka CID cyber unit to an organised cybercrime network operating mostly from Bharatpur and other parts of Rajasthan.

2008 Bengaluru serial blasts: Key accused fled to Saudi using visa obtained 5 months before blasts, investigation reveals
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Mystery behind the bombings unravelled in October 2008 when four youths from Kerala were shot dead by security forces in Kashmir while they were allegedly attempting to cross over to Pakistan to join a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) training camp.

Explained: What are deemed forests, and why Karnataka wants to declassify some
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The issue of deemed forests is a contentious one in Karnataka, with legislators across party lines often alleging that large amounts of agriculture and non-forest land are “unscientifically” classified as such.

Board politics: BSY govt forms special panels for Lingayats, Marathas; Cong slams move
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The spree of these announcements by the BJP government in the state has come in for criticism from Opposition Congress, with former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah calling these “tactics” a “strategy to win elections and cause divisions in society”.

Deemed forest: SC nod awaited, BSY govt considers releasing 67% of it
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The Supreme Court has been monitoring enforcement of the forest Act since its intervention in the landmark T N Godavarman Thirumulpad vs Union of India case of 1995. In the backdrop of the ruling, 9.94 lakh hectares were deemed forest in Karnataka.

Devas-Antrix PMLA case: Court issues fresh summons to US-based Devas founders
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

The case was filed over a failed 2005 satellite launch deal between the start-up and ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation.

Kerala CPM secy’s son held in drugs PMLA case
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Balakrishnan and Pinarayi Vijayan are yet to respond to Bineesh’s arrest.

Antrix-Devas deal: Bengaluru start-up to get compensation of $1.2bn from ISRO wing, rules US court
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Devas Multimedia was started by a group of former ISRO and World Space employees in 2004. The foundation for the deal was laid during a 2003 visit to the US by ISRO and government officials.

Bengaluru killing, two calls raise alarm over new gangland order
Tue, Oct 27, 2020

The big question, sources say, is whether this is a possible power struggle for the control of Bengaluru among underworld remnants from various groups.

Computer analyst, dentist sent Bengaluru youths to join IS: NIA
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

6-7 from the city travelled to Syria in 2013-14, says agency

Two firms of BSY’s grandson get Rs 5 crore from seven Kolkata shell companies
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Private channel alleged quid pro quo for Bengaluru housing project; Karnataka CM’s grandson says ‘working loans’

Karnataka Govt offer to loan PM Cares ventilators to private hospitals finds few takers
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

Since September 23, when the health department introduced the scheme, only five private hospitals have come forward to sign agreements to borrow ventilators.

ED freezes its accounts, Amnesty shuts its India offices
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Amnesty called the freezing of accounts “akin to freezing dissent” and said the action was “the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations”, leaving them unable to carry on with campaign and research work in India.

His CMship shaky, Yediyurappa fights on another front: emergence of his ‘Super CM’ son
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The letters coincide with murmurs of growing unhappiness in the BJP over the way the government is being run.

How 190-second intercept helped police join dots in Lankesh, Kalburgi killings
Mon, Sep 21, 2020

One of the relatives, Ravi Miskin, allegedly told an “uncle” that his elder brother Ganesh was involved in the two murders, records show. The transcript of the conversation has been placed as evidence along with the chargesheet in the Kalburgi case to indicate Miskin’s involvement in both cases.

US court lifts stay on Devas plea for compensation for cancelling deal
Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Devas was started by a group of former ISRO and World Space employees in 2004. The foundation for the deal was laid during a 2003 visit to the US by ISRO and government officials.