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Karnataka Bengaluru Live Updates: Seers from state meet CM Yediyurappa amid speculations of leadership change – The Indian Express

Yediyurappa, seersA delegation of seers from Karnataka led by Sri Siddalinga Swami of Siddaganga Mutt meet B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru News Live Updates: A delegation of seers from Karnataka led by Sri Siddalinga Swami of Siddaganga Mutt, in Tumkur met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa at his official residence today amid speculation around leadership change in Karnataka BJP.

Amid speculations within a section of the ruling BJP circles that his exit as Karnataka Chief Minister was on the cards, B S Yediyurappa will host dinner for all the party legislators on July 25 to mark the completion of two years of his government in office. According to official sources, the CM has invited legislators for dinner on Sunday (July 25th) at a city hotel. They said no legislature party meeting has been called till now.

A delegation of seers from Karnataka led by Sri Siddalinga Swami of Siddaganga Mutt, in Tumkur met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa at his official residence today amid speculation around leadership change in Karnataka BJP.

As many as six trains operating from Bengaluru to different destinations in north India will get additional coaches from this week. According to South Western Railway (SWR) officials, this is done in a bid to “clear extra rush” in the coming days. 

According to SWR, trains 08463/64 running between KSR Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar in both directions, and trains 02845/46 between Bhubaneswar and Bengaluru Cantonment in both directions will be augmented with one extra Second Class Sleeper coach each. 

Meanwhile, trains 02063/64 operating between Puri and Yesvantpur Jn in both directions will have one extra AC 3-tier coach.

Karnataka Congress leaders will hold a protest rally from Vidhana Soudha to Rajbhavan on Thursday morning protesting against the alleged phone tapping . 

The protest rally will start at 10 am from Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) said.

A couple succumbed to burn injuries after a gas cylinder at their residence exploded during the late hours of Wednesday in Karnataka’s Chitradurga. 

According to the police, the incident took place in a house located at Tekalavatti village in Holalkere taluk. The deceased have been identified as Prakash (54) and his wife Sarojamma (45). 

“Even though they were rushed to a hospital in Davangere, they succumbed to the severe burn injuries failing to respond to treatment,” the police said.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and IBM  announced a ten-year partnership under which IBM and Kyndryl will provide IT solutions to create a new “Airport in a Box” platform that will support transforming the end-to-end travel experience for passengers at Bengaluru  Airport, BIAL said.

Once the platform is fully operational and enhancing the travel experience for millions of airport passengers, IBM and BIAL plan to explore opportunities to advance the “Airport in a Box” platform as a cornerstone of innovation and transformation for the global travel and transportation industry.
 
“We are excited to partner with IBM as part of our vision to make Bengaluru Airport the Smart Airport — a digitalized, seamlessly connected, intuitive airport,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL. “BLR Airport is a pioneer and leader of change in the Indian aviation industry. Our aim is to introduce more digitally advanced, innovative services and products at BIAL to ensure that the passengers and partners have the advantage of future forward technologies, in a seamless operating environment,”. Marar added.

A total of 2,239 students out of the over 6 lakh who had registered for the second-year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) exams in Karnataka this year secured perfect scores of 600 out of 600, results showed.

“Further, 14.29 per cent (95,628) of the total 6,66,497 candidates secured distinction (with scores at 85% or more) while another 3,55,078 of them got first class marks (60-84%) after the special evaluation process was carried out by the officials,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said.

It was decided to promote all candidates without conducting examinations in the wake of the Covid-19 situation. The evaluation criterion devised to calculate the results took into account 45 percent weightage from marks scored for SSLC (class 10), 45 percent from I PU marks, and 10 percent from the internal assessment marks scored by each student during II PU.

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The Mangaluru police arrested the driver of a car for blocking the path of an ambulance on NH 66 stretch of Thokkottu to Pumpwell, in Mangaluru.

The accused has been identified as Charan (31). The incident had happened on the evening of Monday and the video clip of the same had gone viral on social media.

According to Mangaluru police, station officer of Mangaluru traffic south police station registered a suo moto case under 279 IPC and 194 (E), based on the video clippings.

Mangaluru city Police commissioner N Shashi Kumar appealed to everyone to always allow the right of way to Ambulances and Emergency vehicles as they are rushing to save lives.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday reviewed the rain situation in 13 districts and asked the Deputy Commissioners and CEOs concerned to take precautionary and relief measures. 

In a virtual interaction with officials from Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Ballari, Hassan, Udupi, Shivamogga, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Mysuru, Koppal, and Belagavi districts, Yediyurappa asked officials to utilise the funds available in the district treasury accounts for undertaking relief for flood-hit people. 

Yediyurappa also instructed the officials to conduct a survey immediately for providing compensation to farmers.

Rajya Sabha MP and former Union Minister Oscar Fernandes (80) is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Mangaluru. According to a source from the Congress party, the veteran leader is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being diagnosed with internal injuries, some said to be critical. 

“He had gone to the hospital on Monday for dialysis when he informed doctors of a fall he had the previous day while doing his regular exercises. However, after a few tests, clots were identified which led to them shifting him to ICU. His condition is said to be critical now,” a party member in Mangaluru told Indianexpress.com. 

Fernandes was the Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways in the Manmohan Singh-led government till 2014. During the same tenure, he was also given the additional charge of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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The BJP is willing to go to any extent to topple governments and this is a dangerous development, former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday following fresh revelations that a telephone number belonging to one of his personal secretaries was listed for hacking using Pegasus spyware in the final days of the JDS-Congress government in 2019.

“The BJP can stoop to any level to gain power. This is dangerous,” said the JDS leader, whose personal staff, incidentally, came under CBI investigation in 2019 – after the fall of the coalition government – for alleged tapping of telephones of political rivals.

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Karnataka will soon get its first horticultural crop processing cluster set up in Ramanagara district, in a bid to facilitate farmers add value to their produce. 

Announcing the same, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said, “The crop processing cluster, including a mango processing unit, will be set up in Ramanagara district on a PPP model. The government is expecting an estimated investment of Rs 500 crore for the project.” He added that the participation of private players will be encouraged with a subsidy of over 40 per cent for the same. 

Also the district in-charge minister, Ashwathnarayan added that 40 acres of land identified has been identified in Bhairapattana for the project. “Of this, 15 acres will be used in the first phase. The mango unit is planned to be set up covering nearly four acres. We have sought Rs 10 crore from the Centre to facilitate the project,” he said.

The Karnataka government has withdrawn its earlier order barring the movement of print and electronic media journalists and from taking photos and videos in the corridors of the Vidhana Soudha, with immediate effect.

Last Friday, an order was issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms that stated that during legislature sessions and other occasions, media persons recording videos of ministers block VIP movement and also cause inconvenience to the employees.

The decision by the State government had come under attack. Even during the 14-month JD(S)-Congress coalition regime headed by the then Chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, movement of journalists on the corridors of the Vidhana Soudha was restricted and later it was was withdrawn.

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The Karnataka government is likely to set up an aviation circuit connecting different parts of north Karnataka to other parts of the country in a bid to make gains in the tourism industry. 

According to Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara, the Deccan Aviation Circuit is expected to connect Ballari, Bagalkot, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, and Vijayapura to various destinations. “As part of a public-private partnership (PPP) with Deccan Aviation, the company is expected to provide us with small airplanes and helicopters. Officials gave been directed to begin processes that would allow land acquisition for the project in these districts,” he said.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will hold water adalat on Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to address the grievances related to water issues including delay in providing supply and sanitary connections, delay in converting domestic to non-domestic connections, billing and other related issues. 

The adalat will be held at the following sub divisions: South Village 2, South East 5; West Village-1, South West 4, East Village 3, East Village 1, North West 5, North East 3, and North 1 sub divisions, according to a BWSSB release. 

For any problems regarding the water supply, consumers can contact helpline number 1916 or WhatsApp on 8762228888, BWSSB said.

The Tulu language script, designed by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy recently using historic documents, will be incorporated into the unicode character list, said Kannada and Culture Minister Aravind Limbavali.

“There were several discussions for about 10 years related to designing the Tulu script. Tulu language and script experts undertook the final work with unanimity. The script that they put forth was accepted by the Academy. We have also now approved the addition of the script to the Unicode character list,” Limbavali said.

Stating that the Karnataka government had asked the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysuru, to review and approve the Tulu script, he said CIIL formed a committee of linguists who analysed the work and approved it.

The committee members also recommended addition of the script to the Unicode consortium.

A few days after Venkatesh, an RTI activist succumbed to injuries at a hospital, the police have arrested three people allegedly linked to his murder. 

According to the Ramanagara police, the arrested accused have been identified as Pradeep Kumar (33), a resident of Tavarekere town, Satish T C (20) from Manjunatha Nagar in Tavarekere, and Tejas Kumar A (22) from Yelachaguppe in the same town. 

“The attack on July 15 seems to have taken place over a financial dispute. As a financier, Pradeep Kumar had lent Rs 10 lakh to the Venkatesh, but he had failed to return the money after paying a small amount of interest,” the police said after a preliminary investigation. 

The police added that Venkatesh had allegedly threatened of filing a police complaint when he was forced by the financier repeatedly to return the money. “Annoyed by this, Kumar hired four others to attack Venkatesh. However, the victim succumbed to injuries on Sunday,” they added. 

While two of the four people and the prime accused have been arrested, the police are on the lookout for the other two.

Several areas in Bengaluru will face interruptions in power supply on July 21, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has informed. According to BESCOM officials, all these locations fall under the Jayanagar subdivision where planned works of the Company are underway.

Here are the areas that will be affected:

10 am to 2 pm: S6 sub-division, Sarakki, Feeder 18: C.R. Layout, Sangam Circle, LIC Colony, 24th Main Road, G.M. Garden, J.P. Nagar 1st Phase, Jayanagar 8th Block from

9.10 am to 3 pm: S8 Arehalli MUSS, Feeder 6: Gowdanapalya bus stop

9.30 am to 3.30 pm: S18, Subramanyapura MUS, Feeder 1: Jayanagar Housing Board Cooperative Society Layout, Thurahalli

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Amid the one-upmanship between leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah and state Congress president D K Shivakumar, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday met both of them to bring about a truce. The high command made it clear that the party will not project a chief ministerial candidate for the 2023 Assembly elections and asked both of them to work unitedly and focus on winning the elections.

The meeting came at a time when the BJP in Karnataka is said to be thinking about replacing B S Yeddiyurappa as the Chief Minister. Sources in the Congress believe there could be turmoil in the BJP if Yeddiyurappa is shown the door. “He may not leave easily. We expect some trouble. Let’s see. We are keeping a close watch,” a senior AICC leader said.

Both Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar have been at loggerheads and jostling for supremacy in the party. Both are eying the Chief Minister’s post. Gandhi, sources said, told them to work unitedly and not bother about the chief minister’s post since elections are still two years away. The focus, he told them, should be to win the elections. He asked them to sink their differences and not let small irritants come in the way of the functioning of the party.

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Amid the one-upmanship between leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah and state Congress president D K Shivakumar, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday met both of them to bring about a truce. The high command made it clear that the party will not project a chief ministerial candidate for the 2023 Assembly elections and asked both of them to work unitedly and focus on winning the elections.

The number of micro-containment zones in Bengaluru has increased in the last few days even as daily new Covid-19 cases witnessed a drop over the month, statistics issued by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) indicated. The officials attribute this to enhanced micromanagement to prevent the virus spread.

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp – +91 97777 77684, Voice call – 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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