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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ralph Alex Arakal


Ralph works as Senior Sub Editor for The Indian Express Online ( from Bengaluru. He loves to interact with people on the go and on the web. A journalist fond of meaningful conversations, you can catch him online most of the time! He tweets at @ralpharakal

Karnataka wildlife activists question timing of Man Vs Wild shoot in Bandipur
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Environmentalists also accused forest officials of negligence which resulted in around 4,800 hectares of forests being burnt due to bushfire incidents that took place in February 2019.

Rajnath Singh warns Pakistan: Will not let anyone live in peace if harmed
Mon, Jan 27, 2020

"Certain forces want to create a divide between Hindus and Muslims on the issue of CAA," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at a pro-CAA rally in Karnataka.

Bengaluru: People allege ‘police brutality’ after anti-CAA protests at Town Hall
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

The group began reading the Indian Constitution when they were ushered out of the venue by the police citing 'no permission' given for this.

Watch: Bengaluru’s new city anthem, sung by Lucky Ali, is out
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

The initiative is part of the city's bid to get a good ranking in the national Swachh Survekshan, conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

GoAir Bengaluru-Phuket flight returns after aircrew finds glitch at 10,000 feet
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

"After turn back, the flight landed safely at the Bengaluru airport. The aircraft has since been changed, and departed with the passengers for its destination at 10:44 hours," a GoAir spokesperson told

Bengaluru: Taking cue from Shaheen Bagh, women hold 24-hour protest at Frazer Town
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

"The voice of the people will endure and result in bringing out a change. We are sick and tired of the rhetoric of hate and bigotry that is going around now. We will drown that with voices of harmony and love," women's rights activist Madhu Bhushan said.

Mysuru’s first Muslim woman mayor Tasneem wants cleanest city tag back
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

The child of a tailor (Munnavar Pasha) and homemaker (Tahseen Banu), Tasneem is a former student of the city’s Maharani’s Science College for Women.

Meet Vyommitra, the robot ISRO is sending to space
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Vyommitra will go to space before astronauts are sent out as part of Gaganyaan, India's maiden human spaceflight mission.

12-yr-old Karnataka boy who guided ambulance across flooded bridge to get National Bravery Award
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

The sixth standard student chose to ignore his friends cautioning him to run for over 100 metres across the bridge which helped the ambulance cross the same safely.

Bengaluru-bound AC bus catches fire; 30 passengers escape unhurt
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

According to North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) officials, the incident took place near Hiriyur toll gate in Chitradurga district.

Karnataka cricket association fined for using plastic cups during India-Australia match
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar told that a fine of Rs 50,000 was slapped on KSCA after an inspection at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium found that cups made of single-use plastic was used during the match.

Meet Tasneem, the first Muslim woman mayor of Mysuru
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Tasneem, a mother of two, also happens to be the youngest mayor of the Mysore City Corporation.

In Karnataka, Opposition targets Amit Shah on Mangaluru firing, flood-relief
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

In a series of tweets,  the senior Congress leader raised concerns on several issues including the recent shootut in Mangaluru during an anti-CAA protest, allocation of relief funds after 2019 Karnataka floods and others.

Karnataka HC penalises cops for filing FIR under defunct Section 66A
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The police officers have been asked to pay Rs 10,000 each for registering the case and initiating criminal proceedings under the law "which is not in statute book", terming it a "clear abuse" of the law.

UDAN improves air connectivity in Karnataka, new daily flight on Mysuru-Belagavi route flagged off
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Operated by Trujet, the new daily flight on the route is also expected to help many as a connecting flight to Kolhapur in Maharashtra from Mysuru.

Three months ahead of Easter and Vishu, Bengaluru- Kerala trains already booked
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

While a sleeper-class ticket from Bengaluru to Kochuveli in Thiruvananthapuram is priced at Rs 465, the cheapest bus ticket (in services provided by Kerala and Karnataka Road Transport Corporations) costs over Rs 1,100.

Bengaluru: 3 Kerala students ‘thrashed’ by cops during midnight stroll, allegedly asked if they’re from Pak
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Narrating the incident, 18-year-old Ansal (name changed) alleged that the cops repeatedly asked whether the group was from Pakistan as soon as they identified their names.

Bengaluru institute declares two-day shutdown after ‘anti-Modi’ graffiti row
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Yelahanka BJP MLA S R Vishwanath alleged that multiple complaints were raised about the graffiti work by the students of the Institute.

Fjällräven Polar: This Bengaluru woman is set to be the first Indian woman to visit Arctic pole
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Citing several cyber-bullying instances fuelled by rival campaigners during the intense online competition, which was held across November and December 2019, Geethu said, "The journey towards being picked the winner itself has been a rough one."

Karnataka: Hindutva outfits, backed by BJP-RSS, hold massive rally to oppose 114-ft Jesus Christ statue
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

RSS and BJP leaders said the area's MLA, Congress leader DK Shivakumar, was "supporting plans of forced conversion of Hindus to Christianity" by granting land for the statue.